Resources for Hands-On Art Activity
Web Sites to View Maps and Locate Information:
Mapping the National Parks - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/nphtml/
Green Map System -
Collection of ancient maps:http://www.henry-davis.com/MAPS/Ancient%20Web%20Pages/AncientL.html
History of Maps -
Historic American Maps -
Panoramic Maps - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/pmhtml/panhome.html
Web Sites for Ordering Maps:
Virtual Nebraska - Gateway to Digital Earth - http://www.casde.unl.edu/vn.html
The Conservation and Survey Division: http://csd.unl.edu/csd.html
(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: http://www.joslyn.org/
:Hassam, Frederick Childe "April Showers" - http://www.joslyn.org/permcol/american/pages/hassam.html
View these images in the Catalog :
Museum of Nebraska Art: http://monet.unk.edu/mona/
Under Artists and Explorers
Under First Nebraskans:
Dove, Author "Black and White"
National Wildlife Art Museum: http://www.wildlifeart.org/homepage.html
Friese, Richard "Arktikwanderer" http://www.wildlifeart.org/frame_coll.html
These images are in the catalog.
Schwiering,Conrad "Patriarch of YoHo"
Sheldon Art Museum: http://sheldon.unl.edu/
Held, Al "Composition" http://sheldon.unl.edu/HTML/ARTIST/Held_A/AA.html
Jasper Johns "Map" http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/johns/works.html
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.
Possible Connections with Confernet 2000:
What is Art: Abstract compositions
Possible Subject Area Links:
Art: Map as a compositional tool, pastels (chalk and
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)
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?
"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."
Information from The Community Discovered's "Road Trip '99" Professional Development Day, September 9, 1999