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“You Can Practically Smell the Light” -- Hudson River School Landscapes through the Eyes of Young People

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts


Students will make detailed observations and create two artistic images, one realistic and other abstract, based on a landscape painting's most important features. They will reflect on their chosen painting and the experience of interacting in depth with a specific work of art and compose label-style text about their chosen painting. Students will collaboratively design and develop Hudson River School-style murals.

Additional Resources

McGrath, Robert L. “Special History Study: Art and the American Conservation Movement”. Boston: National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior, 2001.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.“Summary and Location Catalog.” Woodstock, Vermont.

Paintings at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park,


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Last updated: October 8, 2015