American artist Charley Harper is one of my favorites in terms of style. His slightly abstract nature scenes are very simple and geometric, making it easy to find emphasis in the picture, or showing what's important. Our 3rd grade collages were inspired by his geometric, sparse style. We also looked at the realistic bird paintings of John James Audubon and compared the two styles. We incorporated visual texture by using newspaper to represent the black and white texture of birch tree bark, and scrapbook paper to represent the textures of feathers and nests.
*update* My student Alondra brought her writing journal to class to show me how she had written about her enjoyment of this lesson. Wonderful!