Inspired by Thomas Cole’s painting The Oxbow, 5th grade has been painting landscapes. We went outside and sketched some greenery, then came back in to combine it into a single image. I asked the class to also paint themselves into the image, just as Cole had done in his painting. I was super impressed with the final products! They really paid attention to details and took an interest in the different ways you can use color in a landscape. I couldn’t be more proud of my students.