Mapping Our Land

Highland Print Studio was commissioned by Highland Council to provide a cross-curricular project for six secondary schools from across the Highlands. The Studio developed a project that saw the pupils create artwork based on a map of their local area. Professional artists worked across different departments in each school, teaching the pupils about, for example, the social history, ecology or geography of their local area. The pupils then worked with the artists to select and draw up the features they wanted to include in their map.

The overall look of the map was reached by consensus by studying the history of mapping and images of maps from the earliest examples to the present day. The project also involved the schools visiting the Highland Council Archives Centre to see firsthand a selection of maps recording the history of their local area and a talk by the Senior Conservator at the Centre.

The participating schools were Fortrose Academy and Golspie High School, who worked with artist, Sue Jane Taylor; Lochaber High School and Kilchuimen Academy, who worked with Katy Spong; Inverness High School, who worked with Brian MacBeath; and Grantown Grammar School, who worked with John McNaught.

All six maps were created using a combination of digital imaging and traditional printmaking techniques.