I had come across the artist Tom Schulten.
I loved the color & pattern of his abstract landscapes.
(Check out his site here -> http://www.tonschulten.nl/galerie/ )
I wanted to jazz up my tired landscape lesson with 1st grade....so I thought I'd use Tom Schulten's as inspiration. We started by selecting five colors of markers to draw horizontal lines across our page. I then had the student draw in a simple line drawing for foreground, middle ground, and backgroud using black crayon. Students then used a thick paint brush with water to go over the whole page(painting in a horizontal direction). After the work was dry, we used construction paper crayons to highlight certain parts to define the areas. I think they turned out pretty cool! Even if the students didn't realize it was something new/different...I sure enjoyed it!