More about Landscape Paintings
Artists working in one geographic region naturally create works that include
images, topics and concepts that are unique – or at least better known – in
that region. This is true for many of the artists whose work is featured in
this exhibition. However, artists’ works also respond to issues of national
importance, and an understanding of these issues can expand our appreciation
for the image.
These brief essays provide additional information about selected topics related
to artwork in the exhibition. The essays may be directly accessed from the page
for their related painting or from this list of links. They are listed here
alphabetically by subject for easy reference and are provided in pdf format.
and the National Parks Movement
and the Commercial Growth of St. Louis
Park in St. Louis
Ozarks – A Geographic History
and Painting in Works by Frederick Oakes Sylvester
Enters the Grand Canyon
Sketch as an Artistic Tool
Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Program
Brining Art into your Classroom:
Landscape Lesson Plans
These materials are designed to provide teachers with an overview of the topics
and artwork in this exhibition. This information can be used before and/or
after a visit to the physical or online exhibition. Educators should adapt
these materials according to the grade level and ability of their students.
How to Use these Materials – an overview of the learning goals
for these materials and a guideline to talking about art with young people.
as Explorers –
develop critical analysis skills
through examination and discussion of key topics such as the role of the
artists who first document America’s westward expansion and the impact of the
images they created.
and Treescapes – explore
artists’ depictions of trees to expand art vocabulary and develop deeper
appreciation for this important natural resource through classroom discussion,
style identification worksheets and a classroom art activity.
Geography and Ecology –
students will identify key elements of Missouri Geography and to examine
paintings for clues to the geographical area they depict.
Mighty Mississippi River –
learn more about the history and significance of this major American waterway
through a mapping worksheet, examining paintings of river life, and comparing
old and new images of cities along the river.
Neighborhoods Through Art
– explore the concepts of community and neighborhood through discussion and
activities that start with E. L. Kerasek’s Lafayette Square and expand to
include the students’ own neighborhoods.
A quick-reference list for art
terminology associated with landscape painting.
For further reading about landscape painting and American Art.