|the image from Red Ted art that started a whole chain of thoughts...|
At the same time whenever I see leaves glued to paper it makes me think of the time I went to listen to Vea Vecchi and the Reggio dislike of glueing bits of "tree corpses" onto paper...
It got me thinking... maybe art with autumn leaves should be more temporary - created and recreated and photographed to remember... (and with all the marvelous things we can do with photography right now then I do see this as quite an exciting option - the children can create some art and then photograph it themselves - and why not make art collages with the children - seeing which special effects they choose, which frames they choose and WHY)
|using a wooden plank as a background natural materials were collected and used to create with|
|nature art collage with the colours made extra bright (due to the red berries)|
|another nature art with a different frame and more images as there were more images that my children WANTED to include)|
But at the same time why not challenge this idea... if there is a real reason for gluing leaves onto paper and not just because it is a typical autumn thing to do then maybe Vea Vecchi is wrong (or I have misunderstood - or she was mistranslated - as she does talk in Italian, and my Italian is VERY limited and it was translated into Swedish - which I have mastered over the years but there can still be nuances I miss)...
I am quite sure that if gluing leaves on paper is part of a process - to see what happens to the leaves that Vea Vecchiwould not be quite as disapproving... my interpretation is the fact she disliked how EVERY autumn there was a need to glue leaves onto paper as an autumn project... but that the leaves were not allowed to tell their story, they were not meaningful for the children it was done as a routine instead of as an opportunity for learning...
Take the time... to listen and observe the children's interest with the leaves...
is it the sound? Then, can you make leaf music?
Is it the colours? How can you recreate autumn leaf colours?
Is it the movement? Why not make a leaf dance?
Why not paint WITH the leaves instead of paint brushes to create a autumn picture - would you do that with just one leaf or would you bind leaves to a stick to make a nature paint brush.. what would happen if you used wet leaves v dry leaves?
Have the children understood WHY the leaves are falling down? Have you taken the time to find out THEIR theories about why leaves fall down, or why they sometimes float down one by one and sometimes seem to "rain" down in masses... What else have the children observed about the change in nature during autmn?