Walter Anderson (Elementary) Traveling Trunk

The 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 designed for students in first through sixth 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.

Reserve a Trunk

For questions about the Traveling Trunk Lending Policies and Procedures or the content of a specific trunk, contact our Outreach Programs Coordinator at 601-576-6997 or

Trunk Weight and Dimensions

  • Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 9” (h) x 23” (w) x 30” (l)

A detailed list of the traveling trunk materials is available here.

Day One

Overview of Walter Anderson and his love of art and nature using the book, The Secret World of Walter Anderson.

Learn the “seven motifs of creative design” and, with inspiration from nature and music, use the motifs to create drawings.

Day Two

Learn map reading skills using a magnetic compass, a map of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and Walter Anderson’s three islands map

Produce map of your own.

Day Three

Discover printmaking using instructional materials and prints of Anderson’s Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Create block prints in the style of Walter Anderson using Styrofoam trays, brayers, inking plates, and ink.


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