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Mapboxes Program Puts Story In a Box

Mapboxes Program Puts Story In a Box

Children who attended the Mapboxes program at the Annandale Library on Wednesday, June 9, learned how to make big-impact art on a small, small scale.

They received two hours of instruction from artist Susan Armington who encouraged their creative thinking and then demonstrated techniques on a scale to fit children’s hands. She showed them how to combine fabrics, drawing, colored papers and imagination to create works of art that fold inside jewelry boxes. When the finished box is opened, the content can be unfolded to reveal three dimensional layers of images and pop-up characters that tell a visual story.

At first, the children were a little unsure of what they could achieve, but with Armington’s step-by-step coaxing, it wasn’t long before they were completely engrossed in projects such as Mikayla’s “Texas in the Summer.”

Armington holds degrees from Brown University and Cornell University and is a member of the Arts in Education Roster of Artists. She has led art workshops at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota History Center and Walker Art Center, and will present her Mapboxes program at several GRRL branch locations. This project was funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.