SchoolArts Magazine

December 2015

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20 DECEMBER 2015 SchoolArts E L E M E N T A R Y I have long held a fascination with maps for their capacity to help me imagine places I dream of visiting, and to remember the places I have already explored. It wasn't until a few years ago that I thought about their connection to meaningful art-making for my students. Memory Melinda Turnbull MAPPING My eyes were opened to the artistic possibilities of maps during a master's course at the University of Florida. Our textbook, The Map as Art by Katharine Harmon, revealed how art- ists today take traditional mapping elements and transform them into visual design and social commentary. Maps, like art, are visual forms of communication based on the creator's point of view. I wanted to find a way to incorpo- rate contemporary mapping ideas into my curriculum. Our school is a special place where students share experi - ences and build memories. Many fifth- grade students attend our school for six years, and, after moving on, return to reminisce about their elementary years. And so, my idea of mapping their memories was born. A Sense of Place The first step was to give my fifth- grade students a sense of place by orienting them to our location in the community. We looked at our school building on Google Earth, finding Annica Chervenka

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