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WA Elm trunk contentsThe Walter Anderson (Elementary) Traveling Trunk focuses on one of Mississippi’s most renowned artists. This trunk, incorporating numerous art activities related to design, mapmaking, and printmaking, is most appropriate for students in fourth through eighth grades.

With this trunk students will have an opportunity to:

  • Find their own sources of artistic inspiration
  • Recognize and explain the basic elements of a map and identify the purposes of different maps
  • Design and create a print using authentic printmaking tools

A teacher’s notebook and material list is included in the trunk. This trunk is organized as a three-day unit but teachers are encouraged to organize, revise, and adapt its contents to best fit the needs of their students.

Day One

In the first lesson a film, An American Master: Walter Anderson of Mississippi, provides an overview of Walter Anderson’s life. Students are introduced to the “seven motifs of creative design” and, with inspiration from nature and music, use the motifs to create drawings.

Day Two

The second lesson incorporates a magnetic compass, a map of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and Walter Anderson’s three islands map to teach map reading skills. Students learn how to produce maps of their own.

Day Three

WA Elem inkThe brief film Walter Anderson and Printmaking and a projected, full-color overhead transparency of Anderson’s Three Billy Goats Gruff are used to introduce printmaking. Students utilize brayers, inking plates, and ink to create block prints in the style of Walter Anderson, pressing designs into Styrofoam meat trays and “pulling” prints from this surface.

Trunk Competencies Chart

Contents of Trunk

Trunk Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 25 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 9” (h) x 23” (w) x 30” (l)

To learn more about the Traveling Trunk Lending Policies and Procedures, the content of specific trunks, or to book a trunk, please contact:

Outreach Programs Coordinator
Programs and Communication, MDAH
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: 601-576-6997