Map collages

by artesprit on January 17, 2008

in Paper+Mixed Media

map collageThis is a fun exercise in finding shapes, both complex and simple for children (and I am guessing adults too!) using paper maps as your guide. Last week some of my students made these fun and fantastic artworks using a simple process with the maps I gave them. I asked them to open the maps and look at the rivers, railway lines and borders by squinting at them to find new shapes. Then they took a sharpie marker and drew the objects or shapes they were able to find. Then they cut out the new objects and used oil pastel on them to accent what they had found. Finally, they glued the new pieces down to large pieces of paper and finished off their collages. I was simply amazed at the variety of work which came from this project. More photos of this process are at my flickr.

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1 judean January 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm

So clever! Both the assignment and your students pieces!

2 hrsj January 17, 2008 at 11:09 pm

that is such an imaginative exercise for children and a great way for them to see/use pattern!

3 Elizabeth January 21, 2008 at 2:51 am

this is fantastic! thanks for the idea! off to find the old car atlas….

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