The Community Discovered's Road Trip '99

Resources for Hands-On Art Activity


Maps on the Web

Art Images
Art Activity Outline


Maps on the Web


Web Sites to View Maps and Locate Information:

Mapping the National Parks -
A Library of Congress collection of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, which documents the history, cultural aspects, and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. Includes Yellowstone fires map.

Green Map System -
Local-to-global collaboration to chart the ecologically significant places in cities around the globe. Includes kid created Green Maps that locate eco-resources in their community, giving a fresh perspective on what makes their city or town special.

Collection of ancient maps:

History of Maps -
Maps as a collaboration of explorer, mapmaker, woodcarver or engraver, and printer. In English and Spanish. Check out the Jeopardy game! Shows early printed maps of Texas and Southwest, but also many maps feature the rest of the United State. Nice images of the art of mapmaking. See the "mountains" in the Southeast at:

Historic American Maps -
A perspective in maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark.

Panoramic Maps -
The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U. S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are non photographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective. Contains 1,726 maps, including several of Nebraska cities.

Web Sites for Ordering Maps:

Landsat Satellite images available for purchase.
View image of Mt Saint Helens example:

Virtual Nebraska - Gateway to Digital Earth -
Satellite images of Nebraska

The Conservation and Survey Division:
Order all types of maps of Nebraska: topographic, geologic, soil survey, the list goes on


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Art Images


Images on our Museum Partners Web Sites
(In alphabetical order)

These are only suggestions. Many other images could be used. Linked images are those that were shown in the hands-on workshop.

Joslyn Art Museum:

:Hassam, Frederick Childe "April Showers" -

View these images in the Catalog :
Hofmann, Hans "Morning"
Moran, Thomas "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado"

Museum of Nebraska Art:

Under Artists and Explorers
Bodmer, Karl "The Steamer Yellowstone"
Peale, Titian Ramsay "Buffalo Hunt on the Platte"

Under Pioneers:
Gilder, Robert "Snow Scene (Wood Road in Fontenelle Forest)"

Under First Nebraskans:
Falter, John "Left Behind, Mountains Ahead"
Thiessen, Leonard "Stockholm Synthesis"

Under Contemporary:
Hron, Vincent "Driving"
Wolfram, William "No Title"

National Museum of American Art:
Find these images in Collections and Exhibitions . Click on "Browse the Collection" then search by artist's name.

Dove, Author "Black and White"
Drewes, Warner "Chaotic Worlds"
Ernst, Jimmy "Silence at Sharpeville"
Golobov, Maurice "Landscape"
Helion, Jean "Untitled"
Hultberg, John "Imaginary Landscape"
Kainen, Jacob "Dabrowsky V"
Lazzell, Blanche "Non-Objective(B)"
Slobodkina, Esphyr "Crossroad #2"
Steir, Pat "Looking for the Mountain"

National Wildlife Art Museum:
View these images by going to the Collections page then clicking on "Highlights" and work your way through the alphabetical listing of artists.

Friese, Richard "Arktikwanderer"
Garretson, Martin S. "A Hold Upon the Kansas Pacific, 1869"
Hill, Thomas "Great Falls of the Yellowstone"

These images are in the catalog.

Schwiering,Conrad "Patriarch of YoHo"
Bateman, Robert "Sheer Drop - Mountain Goats"
Clymer, John "Time Worn Trail"

Sheldon Art Museum:

Held, Al "Composition"
Hofmann, Hans "The City"
Morris, George "Indians Hunting #1"
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton "Dragon Forms"
Scarlett, Rolph "Untitled #49"
Schemberg, Morton Livingston "Composition"
Tack, Augustus Vincent "Untitled (Abstraction)"
Weber, Max "Night"
Zorach, Marguerite "Provincetown, Sunset and Moonrise"

Supplemental Image

Jasper Johns "Map"
1963 Encaustic and Collage on Canvas
60x93" located in The Museum of Modern Art

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Art Activity Outline 


"So how do I fold this thing?"

Summary: The purpose of this unit is for students to consider the map as a powerful tool for discovery. Not only a discovery of self and community, but also as a compositional tool in art.
Grade range: K-12 with adaptations
Big Idea: Discovery and Identity
Big Question: What tools have shaped our destiny and identity?

Possible Connections with Confernet 2000:

What is Art: Abstract compositions
Mind Maps themes:
Perspectives: Cultural perspectives on physical boundaries
Identity: Personal - Travel, "you are where you've been"
Community: Green Maps Project
National: Maps as a tool for expansion
Frontiers: Mapping of National Parks such as Yellowstone
Early Expeditions
Tradition and Change: Mapping and remapping

Possible Subject Area Links:

Art: Map as a compositional tool, pastels (chalk and oil)
Earth Science/Geology: Maps of geologic formations, resources
Social Studies/History: Historical maps, maps as a tool of exploration
Environmental Studies: Green Map Project
Math: Contour mapping, distances, surveying
Geography: Maps as location identifiers.

Materials you may want to use:

12x18 black construction paper, white watercolor paper (white drawing paper would work too), oil pastels and/or chalk pastels, rulers, erasers, white chalkboard chalk for drawing, water and brush if needed for chalk pastels, scissors and glue, paper towels for blending, small paper to make viewfinder, maps or other resources

Creating the Artwork:

Discuss the artwork . How and when was it made? Who made it? Why was it made? What is the meaning of it?

Audrey Flack says "Artists have two responsibilities. The first is to express themselves. The second is to communicate." What is the artwork communicating? Is it telling us about line, shapes, and colors? Is it telling us about a time or place or culture? How did the artist arrange the composition? Is it balanced with shapes? colors? How does it relate to our discussion about maps?

Now the students have a problem to solve. From what they have learned about the artwork, from what they have discussed about maps, identity or other issues, they must create a visual response.

There may be rules about correct use of art materials. (no drawing on your neighbor)
There may be limits on materials available. (using oil pastels, not paints)
There may be a specific problem to address. ("incorporate complementary colors into your work." or "use the map as a compositional tool" or "include a reference to a place you've been")
Keeping those things in mind the student must remember that...They Are The Artist!

Finally, as the artist they must evaluate their own work. Did they accomplish their goal? What worked well? What will they change next time? What new ideas did this artwork generate? What did they learn about the materials they used?

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Useful Books

Art Books

"Oil Pastel - Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist" by Kenneth Leslie ISBN# 0-8230-3310-4

"Pastels - The Materials" Barron's Art Handbooks ISBN# 0-7641-5106-1

"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain "by Betty Edwards ISBN# 0-87477-088-2

"Drawing With Children" By Mona Brookes ISBN# 0-87477-827-1

"Art & Soul - Notes on Creating" by Audrey Flack ISBN# 0-14-019347-2

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron ISBN# 0874776945

"The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques" by Ralph Mayer ISBN# 0-670-837016


Children's Books for Elementary Connections

"History of Women Artists for Children" by Vivian Sheldon Epstein ISBN# 0-9601002-5-3

"Me on the Map" by Joan Sweeney ISBN# 0-517-88557-3

"The Once Upon a Time Map Book" by B.G.Hennessy ISBN# 0-7636-0076-8

"Are we there yet, Daddy" by Virginia Walters ISBN# 0670874027

"All Over the Map: An Extraordinary Atlas of the United States: Featuring Towns that Actually Exist."
by David Jouris ISBN# 0898156491

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Information from The Community Discovered's "Road Trip '99" Professional Development Day, September 9, 1999

Questions? Contact Robin Davis