Cartographic Creativity

Workshop Date:August 31 - September 2

When: Monday-Wednesday, 9:30-12:30pm

Sessions: 3

Price: $140 for members, $150 for non-members

Teaching Artist: Sian Robertson

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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.

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.