Cartographic Creativity: Using Maps in Art

With Sian Robertson. Monday-Wednesday, August 15-17, 9:30am-12:30pm. Members: $230, Non-Members: $250.

During this in-depth workshop participants will learn about 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.

We will consider the design elements within maps (colors, roads, bodies of water, boundaries, etc.) and discover ways to incorporate them into their own work. Participants 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 exercises focusing on both the geographical context and the design elements of maps, students will discover how to use them as source material for both abstract and representational work. No previous collage experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring any maps, atlases, etc. that they are willing to cut up, but plenty will be provided too.


Sian Robertson is a self-taught artist who grew up in Wales, in the UK, and has lived on the Outer Cape for over 20 years. She primarily works with used maps and atlases – cutting, folding, tearing, pasting, and more, to create both 2D and 3D work. Robertson likes to say that a beautiful map makes her heart race and her hand reach for her X-acto knife. Since 2015 she has had solo shows almost annually in galleries in Provincetown, as well as being part of many juried and group shows in galleries and arts institutions in Provincetown, across Cape Cod, and in Boston. Robertson also works with other artists to help them create and maintain their own websites.