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Cartographic Creativity: Using Maps in Art with Sian Robertson

August 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm




During this virtual 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. The structure of the class will allow for both group discussions and individual work time. No previous collage experience is necessary.

Participants are encouraged to use any maps, atlases, etc. that they are willing to cut up. All participants are *highly encouraged* to enroll in the class by August 20th so that you can receive a pack of cartographic materials to use during the class. If you enroll after August 20th, please have maps and atlases on hand to use.

Sian Robertson is a self-taught collage artist originally from the UK, now living in North Truro.
Her source materials are mostly paper ephemera, though she occasionally includes mixed media components in her work.

Sian Robertson (b. Carmarthen, Wales, 1963) grew up in South West Wales, in the UK. She received a BEd (Hons) from Rolle College in Exmouth, Devon and went on to work in the union and non-profit sectors in both Bristol and London until moving to America in 1992. After seven years in San Francisco she settled on Cape Cod running retail stores until 2014. She is currently the assistant director of an art gallery in Provincetown.

Robertson has never received any formal art training but has been cutting and pasting, amongst many other creative pursuits, since she was about eight. She began to take this ‘hobby’ seriously around 2005 and since then has devoted most of her free time to further her artistic career. Since 2015 she has had five solo shows at Adam Peck Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Robertson’s Postage Portraits were featured in Uppercase Magazine in 2015, and her Map Sculptures in the same publication in 2020. She was the subject of articles in Provincetown Magazine in 2016, and in the Provincetown Banner in 2018. She has had many pieces accepted into juried shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Robertson occasionally teaches collage classes at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.


August 31
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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