Painting Landscapes

February 13, 2018

Art 2 students at Lexington High School are working with acrylic painting, attempting the style of Keith Jacobshagen, a Nebraskan artist, and retired art professor from UNL.  The style is influenced by the geography of Nebraska, emphasizing the sky as part of the landscape with low set horizons.


Junior Abby Zerr works on her Jacobshagen inspired landscape painting.  Not only are students copying the style of the Nebraska artist, but they’re also learning how to appropriately mix colors using only the primary colors.

Senior Aspen Sitorius works to build up colors and lighting within the thunderstorm in her painting.  “I’ve told the students many times, we’re not building rocket ships.  Paint loose, and make it your own,” says Mr. Brockmoller, Lexington High art teacher.  “That’s the beauty of painting landscapes; it doesn’t have to be perfect.  In fact, it’s better if it’s not,” says Brockmoller.