A gorgeous Farmschool learning about and creating with the impermanent and amazing jewels that quite literally, grow on trees.
We gathered leaves of every shape and hue, comparing colours and stages of decay. Each one more beautiful than the last...
We learned that each leaf is a perfect solar panel using green chlorophyll to transform sunlight into energy for the tree. (Photosynthesis). As the daylight hours decrease so does the green chlorophyll exposing the oranges, yellows, reds and purples beneath. Wonderous science which had us equally delighted and confounded :)
Then it was time for art.
Then it was time for Art. We made our own watercolour paints using onion skins, turmeric, eucalyptus leaves, rusts, muds and fresh green growth. These were used to paint our own versions of Autumn leaves, unscripted, allowing lots of space for individual experimenting and expression.
We also were inspired by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and created leaf mandalas. This was great as it was a group activity that even got the older boys involved in the art ;) Tactile, easy and instantly gratifying for those who didn't identify as 'drawers' or 'painters'.
Such a great opportunity to play and chat, create and discuss, watch our kids get muddy and inventive while we got to be artists as well. Proudly sponsored by Autumn and LiquidAmba trees.🍁