There are many ways to represent the landscape in art. The ‘landscape’ as a subject, has been an important catalyst for many artists throughout history. Artists have replicated landscapes and panoramas in many different styles from photo realistic to abstract and every artistic interpretation in between.
This project is inspired by the urban landscape, based on the shapes and lines found in city maps. It provides the student with the opportunity to express ideas about their cities or towns, exploring the different shapes created by the division of the land into suburbs, estates and small blocks. The divisions of straight and winding lines created by the streets, the rail lines, the undulating lines of rivers and streams that cross and weave their way through some cities and the irregular shapes of parks set in amongst it all.
Working with colours, shapes, lines and textures, students are encouraged to interpret these maps and to express their feelings with and open ended approach using their imagination and originality expressed in their work.