The Pukeko has become an iconic symbol of New Zealand culture and is regularly represented in varoius forms of art. This art lesson explores the habitat of this well known ground bird, including plants and water. NZ picture books have been recommended as reference among a list of extensive resource links and a clear and comprehensive photo journal of each step of the process has been provided. Student and teacher exemplars of work in progress and completed framed work is also included. This unit incorporates art elements of space (foreground, middle ground, background), texture (weaving) and paint hues (mixing). Students explore colour mixing and layering to achieve variety and depth. Other curriculum links also include: Science - animal habitats and Literature.