The Flint Hills Maps Project, High School, Middle School and Elementary

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Living on the edge of the prairie offers an escape to a place of wonder. Wendell Berry, author and bioregionalist, says, “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”

The largest remaining stand of tallgrass prairie is found in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma. The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation has created the Maps in the Schools project. The maps will hang in the schools of the Flint Hills showing their particular location and, depending on the grade level, speak to some special aspect of the place, the life, the history and/or the science.

Some (and definitely not all) of the folks working on the project are Emily Connell – Director; Annie Wilson – Project Coordinator and High School Program Educator; Pam Collinge – Middle School Educator; Molly Wold – Elementary Educator; John Dunham – Mapmaker; Laura Zimney – Graphic Designer. If you are interested in knowing more about the project, contact the Flint Hills Discovery Center Map and Education Program.

High School Flint Hills Illustration

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, High School Illustration

  • Original Artwork – Oil on Ampersand
  • 31” x 17.25” illustration
  • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation
    and Nancy Lehenbauer Marshall
Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, High School

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, High School Map

  • Print on Paper
  • 31” x 17.25” illustration size on a 48” x 48” map
  • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation
Flint Hills Maps in the Schools Project, Middle School

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools Project Middle School Illustration

    •  Original Artwork – Oil on Ampersand
    • 31” x 17.25” illustration
    • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation
      and Nancy Lehenbauer Marshall

There are over 50 things to identify in this Middle School illustration. An ID chart will be available in the educational materials that accompany the maps.

Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, Middle School Illsutration

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, Middle School

  • Print on Paper
  • 31” x 17.25” illustration size on a 48” x 48” map
  • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation
Flint Hills Maps in the Schools Project, Elementary Illustration

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools Project, Elementary Illustration

  •  Original Artwork – Oil on Ampersand
  • 31” x 17.25” illustration
  • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation
    and Nancy Lehenbauer Marshall
Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, Elementary

The Flint Hills Maps in the Schools, Elementary

  • Print on Paper
  • 31” x 17.25” illustration size on a 48” x 48” map
  • Copyright by The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation

If you would like to support this project, please contact The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation.

Science Friday, Where Art and Science Meet

Art and Science

Last Friday Ira Flatow’s “Science Friday” on NPR was titled “Where Art and Science Meet.”  The show’s guests were filmmaker Werner Herzog, author Cormac McCarthy and physicist Lawrence Krauss. Their views of the future of human life on this planet were not optimistic, but as Cormac McCarthy says “there’s no reason to be miserable about it.” Herzog states that fleeing this planet is impractical and depending on our ability to survive, human beings may be around for another 3,000, 30,000 or 300,000 years. They advise that its important to enjoy our moment in the sun.

Applying this theme to my work I’m spending time re-examining some of my paintings:

Chickadees and Coffee

Passages

Still Life on the Kansas River

Awakenings

The Chauvet cave drawings, discovered in 1994 in the south of France, carbon dated to 32,000 years ago, is the subject of Werner Herzog’s new 3-D film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”.  Herzog, McCarthy and Krauss discuss the culture of the people who created these drawings with lots of questions and speculations and no answers. On my treks in the southwest I often sit by pictographs and petroglyphs, dated 500 to 3000 years old. I liken it to time travel. Contemplating ancestral drawings from 32,000 years ago, now that’s some time travel. I look forward to seeing the movie.

“Where Art and Science Meet ” program exposes our own insignificance in a cosmic sense, but Ira and his guests were so articulate, talented and good humored that you’ll forgive them for reminding us.

The link to the podcast is
http://hw.libsyn.com/p/a/f/f/aff953063cfef290/scifri20110408-hr2.mp3?sid=93db4de37ada360d2349aa4cdf9367d1&l_sid=18801&l_eid=&l_mid=2514250