Last quarter in our Art Academy classes, we focused on collecting as an act of remembrance, of study, of transformation and of joy. Put on your collector’s hat today and wander out to your backyard, or the closest open space, and gather nature’s remnants- seed pods, leaves, stems, and flowers. Arrange them, display them, photograph them. Identify and locate each plant or tree from which they came. Look at them through a magnifying glass if you have one. Draw them. Place them in small bottles and allow them to dry. Remember, transform, and study them. Find joy?