The students chose leaves of different types, looking carefully to see if the leaf they chose "had character", in other words any distinguishing characteristics such as a tear or a bug bite.  In order to give the leaves the random appearance of being blown in the wind, I suggested they drop their leaves onto the paper and then draw them.  They could do some tracing but ultimately would have to move their leaf aside to finish their drawing.  One leaf had to be drawn larger than life size and some overlapping for the appearance of space had to be incorporated.

Students used leaves, pencils and heavy watercolor paper for this part of their leaf project.

I think the results so far are quite impressive! This is my biased and my unbiased opinion!