Painting: John Odell, Skyscapes and Landscapes
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Meet John Odell, a painter whose work focuses on landscapes as well as St. Louis landmarks. He aims to instill a sense of mystery and the sublime aspects of nature in his paintings to keep viewers coming back to explore any given piece again and again.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: AandA-JOdell**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: Have students discuss how the skies created by the artist make them feel. What emotions are represented? What adjectives would they use to describe the skies seen?
  • Activity Idea: Odell uses dramatic skies to create a mood in his paintings. Have students look at pictures of skies to create their own moody art.


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.