To put leaves and stem together, you first have to know how to grow the stem in your mind. Some leaves have to be placed in the front of the stem, and they have to be arranged in such a way that they will all be able to connect together in a logical and beautiful way. Below is a student sample of how to grow leaves logically on the stem.
This is our first lesson for the floral studies. I introduced the brush stroke technique to paint leaves, flower buds, stem and thorns. These are the strokes we are going to use to paint roses. Next week we will use color to talk about composition of the leaves, leave cluster, stem and how to connect them.