Make a 3D Geographic Map

Make a 3D Geographic Map

Clarissa Tossin: Geographic Maps

This activity will nurture your application of research, design, and construction. You will explore two separate geographic locations that share a connection or commonality and merge them together by cutting and folding juxtaposed satellite images. This exercise will promote and develop a basic understanding of 2-dimensional materials to create a 3-dimensional form.


  • 11” x 17” or 8.5” x 11” paper (or use found images from magazines)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard (for base of sculpture)


  1. Explore Google maps in its various settings.
  2. Search and select any two locations that share a connection (for example: one location may be where you live, a second may be where you used to live).
  3. Take a screen shot of each location and print them on either side of one sheet of paper.
  4. If using magazines or books, find images that relate to each other, and lightly glue the backsides together.
  5. With a scrap piece of paper, experiment with foldingfold along streets, rivers, highways, or determine folds based on the form they create; use scissors to see how cutting may make your folding more dynamic. Decide on the most interesting form for your final sculpture.
  6. Construct your final 3-dimensional sculpture and attach your cardboard to act as a base. The final artwork should allow the viewer to see either side of the map (or both images, if using magazines).
  7. Create a title for your sculpture and share on social media – tag us: @artpace, #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.

To read about Clarissa Tossin and view the complete TEKS-aligned Geographic Maps (2013) lesson plan and others, visit our Educator Resources Page.; Geographic Accident (9,468 collapsed) (2012); Geographic Accident (9,468 collapsed) (2012)