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Willow Hall Maps Reveal New Ways of Seeing

Willow Hall Maps Reveal New Ways of Seeing
Willow Hall Maps Reveal New Ways of Seeing
Cora Meader Thomases


Middle School students and faculty are loving our Willow Hall connection. It has brought them into contact with so many wonderful people, including Laurie Howard of the Passaic River Coalition and local historian Margaret Brady, and a wealth of primary sources for investigations into the rich history and culture of Morristown.

Red Oaks Art teacher Lauren McCarty has begun an intriguing new art project using maps to reveal history and new ways of seeing landscapes. The project utilizes many of Willow Halls' resources and exercises 5th and 6th grade students' analytical and investigative skill sets. While primarily an art project, students began by learning about local history and tips on reading maps from Mrs. Brady and used this knowledge to decipher and extrapolate information from a variety of old maps at the hall. They then applied what they learned to create their own maps from landscapes they had previously painted.

McCarty's stated intention for the unit is, "In landscape work, students will explore strategies for creating the illusion of space and apply their discoveries in the expression of time and place through abstract painting."
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