The Art of Maps - Online

The Art of Maps - Online

The Art of Maps - Online

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Nov 05, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
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“A map ... is many-tongued, a chorus reciting centuries of accumulated knowledge in echoed chants. A map provides no answers. It only suggests where to look: Discover this, reexamine that, put one thing in relation to another, orient yourself, begin here... Sometimes a map speaks in terms of physical geography, but just as often it muses on the jagged terrain of the heart, the distant vistas of memory, or the fantastic landscapes of dreams.”

― Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps 

This class is comprised of two online sessions: November 5 from 10-11:15 am and November 15 from 6-7 pm

Maps are powerful, visual tools that tell stories of exploration. During this two-session online workshop, artist Véronique Robigou invites you to take an interesting tour of beautiful and intriguing maps through time and then to create one of your own.

The first online session on 11/5 at 10 am will start with early explorers of Earth discovering new territories. We will also look at lesser-known maps depicting major historical events and geological or biological processes evolving through time, and even personal experiences reflecting one’s life or some of its milestones.

We will survey the elements that compose maps of various types and discuss the mapper’s creative choices that facilitate the interpretation of maps by specific audiences or that highlight specific points.

Inspired by these examples and guided by instructions, we will then try our hand at producing a map of our own in the week between sessions! Robigou will provide us with specific steps and prompts for our creative map-making journey, including how to select the story that you want to illustrate, making the necessary observations and selecting the best design elements to create your map.


During the second session on 11/15 at 6 pm, we will be invited to share our maps and the stories behind them, discussing the goals we set out with and the creative choices we employed.

By the end of our course, perhaps we will better understand what author Nicholas Crane meant when he wrote "Maps codify the miracle of existence."