We went wandering from tree to tree, finding different sizes, shapes and varieties of leaves. Gathering them in hand we made our way to the little picnic table on the front porch where we had previously gathered Watercolor paper, pencils, fine tipped black sharpies, watercolors, paintbrushes and water cups.
And then they began to trace. Holding leaves in place, carefully drawing around each shape. Adding in fine black leaf veins.
Maple Leaves. Chestnut Leaves. Peach Leaves. Bradford Pear Leaves. Oak Leaves. Plum Leaves. Grape leaves.
And then the painting began. Mixing the colors, dipping the brushes in water. Spreading the color onto the paper.
Each child has his or her own style and flair. Each child equally serious and intent on their work.
And we let the papers dry and hang them on the wall with our other artwork masterpieces of fall.
And I look at them each day and I smile.