Meaningful Maps

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Meaningful Maps




Communities has been represented in artwork for thousands of years. Depicting landmarks, monuments, and bodies of water are some ways that artists have immortalized special places and communities. Modern and contemporary artists have explored the concept of community non-objectively, expressing belonging through the relationships between colors, shapes, and forms in the artwork. In this unit, learners will combine maps and printmaking techniques to create an artwork representative of a specific community.


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“Untitled,” Conrad Marca-Relli (1999.24)
“Mullet School,” Malcolm Morley (2012.12.4)
“Congaree River at Columbia, South Carolina,” Augustus Grinevald (1975.41)
“Seahorses/Ryu no Otoshigo,” Yoshida Toshi (1972.16)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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6 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VA8-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her art-making.
VA8-3.3 Discuss the ways that choices of subject matter, symbols, and ideas combine to communicate meaning in his or her works of visual art.

Integrated CCSS:
Social Studies - Geography; learners will use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective


Learners will...
• Analyze how artists represent and create communities in and through artwork
• Ink and print a gelatin plate using masking stencils over a meaningful map
• Write a reflection about how their map selection and overlying print represent a/their community


Maps (collected ahead of time or brought in by learners), citrasolv (if photo-transferring), Pre-made gelatin plates (see resources); found, printed, or transferred maps; ink (createx monotype ink works well); brayers; newsprint and magazines for creating masking stencils

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