Wednesday, November 20, 2013

European explorer art - Grade 6 Social studies link (Ontario)

This is a project that I'm revisiting from a few years ago (initially posted here.) One of our curriculum goals in sixth grade social studies is to have students explore technological advances that helped with exploration. As a class we studied the compass, sextant, hourglass, and astrolabe, and then students did additional research about the technology of their choice.

Using pencil, they drew their object onto drawing paper, then used a variety of metallic paints (gold, bronze, silver) and watercolor to paint in their drawings. Once they were finished, they chose a map from an old atlas I had in my class, and took their maps home to burn them. I am beyond impressed with their quality of work!


  1. Very, very cool. The drawings are really amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are great. I like the idea that the kids take their maps home to burn, one less potential drama. I am keen to try this idea, thanks. I will pin and attempt a version next year.

  3. Hi Aly- Hoping you could help with another of your projects. I am trying to do the alcohol ink coasters for Christmas and the ink keeps drying and leaving huge white splotches. Tried 90% alcohol too and that didn't work either. Please help! chefandphotographer at thanks!!!!

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