Art: Nate Padavick

Our amazing new kourse Let’s Make A Map starts today! All over the world, students are getting ready to dive into klasses where Nate Padavick, master map maker and co-founder of the map art website They Draw And Travel, will be teaching them how to map their favorite places.

But that’s not all. Once you learn the elements of making a map, you can make so many different kinds of maps. You can start with your neighborhood and expand out to your city, or narrow down to where to find the best cupcakes (hey, that’s important!). Make a map for fellow Urban Sketchers of the best places in your area to draw. Make a map of your life, where you’ve been and where you want to go… There are so many options!

As a Map Maker, you’ll also be joining a grand tradition that’s thousands of years old. People have been making maps throughout history in order to understand and explain the world around them. Maps date back to prehistoric times, when cavemen mapped out the stars in paintings they made on cave walls. They didn’t have a language, so they used the art of maps to communicate.

Later, in the 13th century, the Greek scholar Claudius Ptolemy revolutionized maps. His map was the first to use rectangles and intersecting lines to pinpoint different places in the world. His book Geography was so accurate and groundbreaking people used and adapted it for hundreds of years.

We don’t want you to miss out on learning how to make this amazing and beautiful form of art! Let’s Make A Map starts today, and this week is the last chance to take the kourse with a community of other Map Makers. Learn how to make maps, then share your maps and explore other parts of the world through your fellow students’ maps. Enroll now, and Let’s Make A Map!

One of the first maps was a cave painting. The black dots are stars, painted to communicate location.

One of the first maps was a cave painting. The black dots are stars, painted to communicate location.

A map by Claudius Ptolemy. He made his maps 1,500 years ago and they're still used as reference today! What will your maps look like?

A map by Claudius Ptolemy. He made his maps 1,500 years ago and they’re still used as reference today! What will your maps look like?

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