I would have the students think about why they are riding an elephant and why the elephant is painted. They probably have never seen anyone riding an elephant. Scene from Lake's Gate, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Note the Henna work [mehndi] on the feet and hands of the indian bride. She is entering her new house for the first time after the wedding. and has to topple the rice at the entrance before she goes in.