Cartographic Creativity: Using Maps in Art

During this hands on workshop participants will explore the use of maps in collage and mixed-media art by looking at the work of other artists and by creating work of their own. They will learn to see the design elements that have been used within maps (such as colors, roads, bodies of water, boundaries, etc.) and to discover ways to incorporate them into their own work. They will also explore how using different maps of different cities, countries, etc. changes the context of a piece of work and how it might be perceived. Through a series of exercises focusing both on the geographical context and the design elements of maps they will discover how to use them as source material for both abstract and representational work. No previous collage experience is necessary and participants will learn about cutting and gluing techniques and other aspects of collage work that they may use in the future. Plenty of maps will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring any maps, atlases, etc. that they are willing to cut up.