Poetry and Leaf Painting: We Too Can Make Beautiful Colors

With the striking fall leaves surrounding us, and the warm Indian summer sunshine toasting the autumn season, today seems like the perfect day for leaf painting.

We started by gathering the last of the hardy green leaves that are still stubbornly clinging to bushes and vines.  The larger leaves, with a sturdy vein structure, work the best.

Next we coated each leaf, on the vein side, with different colors of tempura (washable) paints.

Bounce and Scooter used their painted leaves to create block prints on paper.  They really enjoyed making rainbow leaves.

Rainbow is Bounce’s favorite color.

Leaf abstract

Poetry seems like a natural extension of leaf painting.  We read many poems about fall.  This one is our favorite.

Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses, 1885

In the other gardens
  And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Author of Bounce's Book of Poetry (Allia)

Bounce wrote numerous “leaf” poems.  He also wrote, “Bounce’s Books of Poetry”

Here is Bounce’s favorite from his personal collection.

Fall Leaves

 Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

 Sprinkle colors as they fall

 Reds and yellows, blues and greens

 Building piles for us all

 

 Jump, Jump, Jump

 Leaves crackle in the breeze

 Nipping at your nose

 As your toes begin to freeze

Let Me Count the Days:  Homeschooling is welcoming the new season with Art and Poetry.

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