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Mythical Cartography

Target Audience: 3rd-8th Grade Social Studies Teachers, Art Teachers, and District Level Leaders

Art and human geography have long been intertwined. In Babylonian times, people marked into clay tablets that appear to be both art and cartography. Cartography took a giant leap forward during the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution. Renaissance maps are known for their artwork as well as representing the Earth’s landforms more accurately than their medieval counterparts. Maps were hung on the walls of merchants and power brokers to signal knowledge, influence, and the literal ownership of land during the Age of Exploration.

As a means to this end, visualization guidelines for cartography developed from decades of practice and people resolving what works and why. Maps should be objective and have technological basis with opportunity for artistic expression.

Cartography engages students to author maps that communicate information clearly, scientifically, and artfully. Teachers need quality professional development that incorporates geographic standards, visual arts standards, and social studies skills.

This is designed to be an in-person session, but we can accommodate those wanting to attend via Zoom out of health considerations and geographic restrictions.

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Meet your instructor

Brian Smith
7th Grade Social Studies, Jefferson Middle School

Michael Camponovo