We began our painting intensive following the break. The students explored hundreds of Impressionist style paintings from the most recognizable painters of the era. Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Pissaro and Degas were the painters most students chose. We had a discussion about landscapes, the rule of thirds and a few of the painting techniques that would be covered in the project. After the landscape was chosen, the student began laying out the composition on a large sheet of poster board. Techniques of light sketching, finding the horizon line and identifying the main elements of the painting were a few of the areas of focus for the students to think about while starting the project. Several students were able to start with the first color wash areas last week. We will continue to add layers of paint, adding details and gaining new techniques throughout the project.