This is an activity that I developed so that my students have a better understanding of what the Hudson River School of Art was all about. You can do this activity as a class or with individuals/partners (need computers for this option).
You can either find your own paintings and artists from the time period to have your students look at....or you can purchase a PowerPoint that I already have created with six different paintings (only $1.50) that you can find here: Activity: Art Analysis - Hudson River School PowerPoint
Once my students complete their analysis of the painting, they then have three follow up questions that are their own opinions. And then they can try to create their own Hudson River School of Art painting.