Monday, May 12, 2014

Map Art: A Fab Nonfiction Project Lab

This week I'm participating in a blog tour for a gorgeous new book: Map Art Lab, by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly.

Before I began writing for children I experimented with design, and took a series of classes at Rhode Island School of Design, one of which was 2-Dimensional Design. One of my portfolio requirements was to design a game board.

I wish I'd had this book back then - because there, on page 94, is a wonderful way to make a game board, complete with lore and images of some of the earliest boards.




And that's what this book is filled with. Beautiful and artistic projects, with stunning visuals and fun histories. And, hey, there are 52 of these projects, so you and the kids could spend an entire year, one week at a time, having a blast.

If you comment on this or on any of the other tour stops (see below) you'll be entered in contests to win a copy of this must-have book. For this stop, please leave a comment with contact info and whether you've posted to other social media. 


May 7 Linden McNeilly  http://www.facebook.com/lindenmcn
May 8 Kim Rae Nugent   http://kimraenugent.blogspot.com/
May 9 Cynthia Morris   http://www.originalimpulse.com/blog/
May 12 Sean Corcoran  https://www.facebook.com/TheArtHand
May 14 Tony Kehlhofer  http://www.maps4kids.com/blog
May 15 Laurie Mika   http://mikaarts.com/wordpress/
May 16 Jill Berry  http://jillberrydesign.com/blog/

Go for it!

16 comments:

Melody said...

This book sounds great.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary C. Nasser said...

Yes! A map game!
(Love your photo with your puppy, too!)

Lissa Goldsmith said...

This book,is awesome, I think I would learn so much from it. Love the techniques I read about!

Denny1600 said...

Hello! I would love to win. I posted at Facebook. Denny1600(at) gmail(dot)com

ILikeSpoons said...

I love Jill's work! I can't wait to read her new book. Map art is so beautiful and I hope to do more!

Glenda said...

I would love to win this book... fabulous ideas for creative mapping. liv2cre8art(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo Murray said...

This book looks like a great source of mixed media inspiration. I could sure use that for my collages. Great giveaway!!!!
jo.murray.art@gmail.com

TinaW said...

How could a map game not be fun?!

Jennifer Ropers said...

This book looks like a ton of fun! Would love to win! Mjropers(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Susie Huber said...

The book looks great - written by some very creative women!

Susie Huber said...

The book looks great - written by some very creative sisters!

Colorful Heart said...

Just received a copy of the book today---it is absolutely FABULOUS! I would love to win a copy to send to a friend who lives cross-country so she and I could do the projects "together" :-)
jecolorfulheart(at)gmail(dot)com

Hastypearl said...

What a great collection! Laurie Mika sent me...congratulations....Laura

Denise Spillane said...

Love the art here! Can't wait to see in person.

Artifice said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Map Art Lab. I have Jill's first book and love it! Linda

LinWash said...

I love making maps. This sounds like a great book. (And I made a game board also for my book.)