American Landscapes The 3/4s learned about Colonial times and Westward Expansion. The students watched a video about American landscape artists during the 19th century and they painted their own landscapes. One of the goals was to use inspiration from the environment to create a painting. The students chose a landscape scene from Wisconsin or a state they have visited. Painting lessons include how to add texture with a fan brush, how to mix colors and how to add shadows on a mountain.