O-riginal Art Activities: Landscape Postcards Inspired by Robert J. Onderdonk

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity was an in-depth look at landscapes inspired by renown Texan painter, Robert Onderdonk. Design a postcard to mail to your friend!

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Robert Julian Onderdonk, “Bluebonnet Scene with Girl”, 1920, oil on canvas. Roger H. Ogden Collection.

Onderdon was an American painter and art teacher, born in Catonsville, Maryland. He is known as the “Dean of Texas Artists” for his contributions to the canon of Texas painting.

Supplies List:

Pencil, Eraser, Markers, Postcard and envelope


Step 1: Imagine you are on vacation, what is the view from your bedroom window? What does the landscape look like? What colors, trees, people or buildings are there? Use a pencil to draw the landscape on the front of the postcard. Color it with markers.

Step 2: Next, write a letter to your friend describing the landscape on the inside of the postcard. Use these art vocabulary terms to describe what you drew to your friend.

The foreground is the part of a scene that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.

The middle ground is the middle     distance; what is between the foreground and the background.

The background is the part of a scene     that lies behind the foreground and middle ground that appears most distant from the viewer.

Step 3: Decorate the envelope with memories of your trip. Mail your postcard to a friend!