Presenter Kirsten O'Brien shows how to record the physical features of an area on to a 2D map using painting and sketching. She then uses this to create 3D images of memorable places and landmarks. This is a simple technique for a range of abilities and ages in field work.

First broadcast:
5 March 2010

This clip could be used to get children to look at their immediate surrounding area and to take note of what it contains. As a starter for map-work, it could be used on a small scale to plot a classroom, dining hall or sports area for example. The addition of 3D pop-up elements combines art, creativity and subject content for Art and History projects. This would work in a town or city centre or for recreating a plan of an external venue, such as a museum or swimming pool. The same technique could be applied to map the events and locations of characters in a story for Literacy or could be a straightforward 3D plan of the local area or routes to school. As a highly adaptable creative technique, it can be used in almost any situation where landmarks, events, time or distances exist and need to be mapped out.