The Kid's Map of Portland began as a student project in my classroom and turned into a colloaboration with local geographers, David Banis and Hunter Shobe.

To start, my 3rd grade students and I looked at various maps, including illustrated maps created by different artists, and I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil. They could label their places if they chose, and could use symbols or drawings to represent each place as they saw fit. We looked at maps of Portland to help locate their places, though most kids worked from their own intuition. 

Working with Banis and Shobe, I then traced a symbol or object from every student's map in order to a create a final depiction of Portland, as experienced by my 3rd grade classes. The final map was published in Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, by Banis and Shobe.  

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  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Kid's Map of Portland

    Working with David Banis and Hunter Shobe, I traced a symbol or object from every student's map in order to a create a final depiction of Portland, as experienced by my 3rd grade classes. The final map was published in Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, by Banis and Shobe.

  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Student's hand-drawn map of Portland

    I asked each student to list 5-10 places in Portland that were meaningful to them. Referring to their lists, I asked my students to create their own hand-drawn maps of Portland in pencil, pen, and watercolor pencil.

  • Kid's Map of Portland

    Working with David Banis and Hunter Shobe, I traced a symbol or object from every student's map in order to a create a final depiction of Portland, as experienced by my 3rd grade classes. The final map was published in Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, by Banis and Shobe.