7 year olds.
The children began by gathering up a few dried leaves from outside. I asked them to draw a variety of shapes from what they had found.
I showed them some jungle art by Rousseau. I asked them what they saw and what it reminded them of. They offered some great insights. "I've seen trees like that in Australia." "It feels like our back garden," "We've got a tree like that." "The flowers are like lily pad flowers." They then identified as many different leaf shapes in the paintings
as they could.
I read a little about the artist. They particularly enjoyed the fact that Rousseau had never been in jungle. They worked out why as well...no money to travel and aeroplanes weren't invented.
They drew their jungles with black crayons, using lots of different leaf shapes. They coloured using crayon and water colour paint as they saw fit.