In the Classroom: “Antique” Maps

Anne Phillips subbed for a 4th grade class at Burnsville Elementary School.  Students had been studying maps and geography, learning to identify the seven continents and beginning map skills.  She had some high quality linen paper that had gotten wet.  She soaked the paper in tea to stain and discolor the paper for an “old world” feel. She also rolled the paper and scorched the edges.  Each student got a sheet of this paper to make a map.  Using rulers, the students divided the paper into fourths. Then they measured again and divided it into sixteenths. By using this grid technique and displaying a world map (also divided into sixteenths) on an overhead projector, students learned a new tool to help keep their drawings in scale and perspective.

She passed out examples of beautifully creative maps that contained whales, compass roses, and other artistic details. Some maps were fantasy maps, like Harry Potter and Peter Pan’s Neverland. Other maps were accurate, artistic representations. She showed the students how to draw a simple compass rose and asked them to create their own world maps that contained the seven continents and four oceans.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
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