Map-making is perhaps one of the most essential human acts.
Not surprisingly, it quenches many thirsts of young people at once: self-actualization (who am I?), grounding in place (where am I?), spatial imagination and analysis (what is out there?), creative expression (what matters to me?) and geographic orientation (why am I here?).
I am expanding my work with children to many different age groups, and creating workshops and projects that address a variety of topics that meet children (and classrooms) where they may be in their personal development and educational curriculum. Here are a few current offerings:
I have run several longer term map-making projects in public schools in Portland, Maine. Through a collaboration with the federally funded SidexSide Arts Integration Program, we are integrating artistic mapping into the general social studies curriculum for third graders. Students create their own atlases full of mental maps and place-based research. Key maps and images are then selected from each atlas, reproduced, and then combined into a beautiful class map and art piece. This has been a huge success and more schools are reaching out to arrange projects and secure funding for similar projects. Please be in touch if you are a teacher or administrator who is interested in a map-making project at your school. Estimated costs are $1500-2500.
A single workshop is an affordable way to introduce mapping ideas and concepts to students, and can be incorporated into vacation programs, summer camps, field trips and more. Topics I've covered in the past include topography (with watercolors), treasure maps, maps of home and neighborhood, and bird's eye view perspective. Most workshops are 45 - 120 minutes depending upon age and context. Minimum cost: $200.