Art Classes: Level III

Lesson III-14: The Thai Green Peafowl

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 5 through adult.


Lesson Description:

Most people have seen Indian peafowl, the kind commonly raised in the United States, so you likely already know about the gorgeous tail that the peacock displays. It’s pretty huge, measuring 3’ from beak to tail. However, the Thai green peafowl makes the more common Indian peafowl seem . . . well, . .  just plain common. The green peafowl measures about 3 times the length of the Indian peacock, and both the hen and cock display magnificent, enormous tails. The Sudaluc Furniture factory in Chiang Mai, Thailand, produces some of the best Asian wood carvings, and we were happy to discover a complex version of the peafowl carved in teakwood.

This art lesson uses the carving as inspiration for a scratch art project. You will learn to create your own scratch art paper and will draw an original design of the green peafowl onto the paper you have made. Along the way you’ll learn to use important art principles like balance and emphasis.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson, plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the peafowl. 


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A printout of the warm-up (included in the lesson)
  • A fine tipped black magic marker
  • A set of oil pastels
  • A pencil
  • A sheet of drawing paper, 8 1/2” x 11” or 11” x 15”
  • A 6’ x 6” piece of paper
  • A paint palette
  • Black acrylic paint (do not use tempera paint)
  • Tools for scratch art (you can buy these or use common household objects
  • 1” wide flat watercolor brush
  • A drop of liquid detergent

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:



The Green Peafowl:

Approximate Time to Complete the Lesson:

  • Creating the scratch art paper: 30 minutes
  • Drawing the picture: 30-45 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
Making Scratch Art Paper
Making Scratch Art Paper
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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