Sometimes you’re just sitting around out on your front steps with your son. It’s raining Fall leaves of oranges, reds and yellows. This is the perfect moment to enjoy the leaves through some impromptu art-making, am I right?
Of course, art-making can only take place after all of the leaf-jumping has ceased, but you wait patiently and take lots of the requisite leaf-and-child photos.
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Then the color-naming and shape-making can begin…..
We stacked, alternated, fanned, lined up and overlapped leaves. We not only named colors, but got into shades: light vs. dark red, etc. The sizes of the leaves were discussed, as were the lines from the veins, the edge shapes, the textures, and which ones had two or more colors on the same leaf.
This is a great time of year to practice your Andy Goldsworthy projects, as the leaves are plentiful, and then you can watch your art pieces blow away as you delve into your next project.
This was one of those activities I was referring to when I wrote about finding art in the every day. If you look around, you can find those little ways to interject art terms and creative observation into anything you’re doing.