As spring exploded around us we approached landscape drawing and painting from a perspective of observation and perception. We looked at a tree, drawing in detail what is actually there and then focusing our gaze on a portion of branches and space we worked with different painterly questions such as texture, dark and light, complementary color, line and surface. Then we explored drawing from observation using what color patches are actually seen. In the last 2 weeks of the block each full time student chose an aspect of nature to work with. They found a poem that related to this aspect and, working between word and image, tried to sense what is beyond what I see with my eyes.