I tried something different this year with my Level 1 art students. After looking over many examples of the different styles and approaches artists use to paint landscapes, I asked the students to choose one element from three different paintings (e.g. how an artist portrayed clouds from one painting, trees from another, mountains from another etc.) and incorporate those elements into their original landscape composition. For the most part this pretty well addressed the default compositions and stylized representations of sun, trees, mountains etc. and also avoided doing a direct copy of someone else's painting. After their compositions were completed then they were to choose a colour scheme (monochromatic, analogous, complementary, warm, etc.) that dominated their painting.