Last week we went on a leaf hunt. The children collected leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours. When we returned to our classroom, the children each took a leaf and described something they noticed. They discovered that some leaves have spots, some are droopy and others are “stinky”. Using their words, we engaged in some shared writing. As they took a closer look, the children also noticed that “leaves have lines.” We are fortunate to have a light table, the leaves were placed on the light table for further exploration. At first, the children sorted the leaves. As a small group took a closer look, I revisited their idea that leaves have lines and encouraged them to trace their favourite leaf onto a piece of transparency. This reminded me of some wonderful art work I had the opportunity to see at the Bishop Strachan School last year which inspired what follows.
Using the overhead projector, the leaf drawings were projected for the children. Projecting their leaf drawings added yet another dimension to their experience with light, shadow, and their drawings. As the children painted, more children became interested and were also inspired to trace a leaf. Once their paintings dried, they added colour. I was amazed at how much care even the younger children took as they painted. We are now paying much closer attention to the lines we see in our environment. I have a feeling this could be the inspiration for a line project!