The 5th grade students studied landscapes. A landscape is a painting or picture of physical elements that are outside including mountains, people, animals, plants, trees, lighting, weather, etc. They were able to look at many different landscapes that included birch trees. We compared similarities and differences between an abstract landscape and a realistic landscape. Students also found the HORIZON LINE, FOREGROUND, MIDDLE GROUND and BACKGROUND in several different landscapes. Students were able to use cardboard and paint to create texture on their birch trees. We discussed how to create depth in a painting by putting larger elements closer and smaller elements farther back in their landscape. Students were able to choose colors of their choice for their background keeping in mind the color wheel when they were mixing. They wanted to choose colors that were right next to each other on the color wheel when mixing.