The North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
Artists look at the world with fresh eyes, then take that unique vision and create a way to share it. A passerby may look at the characteristics of the land around them and find the plants too prickly, the water too murky, or the sky too grey to be interesting, but an artist has the ability to find uncommon beauty in the commonplace. Early Texas artists found beauty in thorny cacti as well as flowering bluebonnets. The artists of early Texas preserved the landscapes of their regions in oil, watercolor, pastel and print media, creating a timeless vision of Texas that extends across state lines. This online piece includes a teacher site and a student site. It demonstrates how artists created depth in Texas landscape paintings. The site also poses questions about the locations featured in the artworks.