Art Near Your Center: Inspirations from the Familiar: Visual Art

Layered Abstractions of Nature

Session 3 & 4: Grades K-6

I will lead a multi-faceted lesson that explores abstraction of natural forms through both drawing and printmaking. We will explore minimalistic landscapes with painterly drawings using India & Walnut inks. We will add to that first layer a number of abstracted natural forms using drawing techniques, and simple trace monotype printmaking techniques. These abstracted drawn images will be based on observational drawing of found natural plant forms. PLEASE BRING NATURAL PLANT FORMS to our session from a space related to your daily life: your neighborhood, garden, school grounds, or perhaps an often visited walk or hiking trail near your home (My personal favorite - I think of the trail as a sanctuary/habitat/refuge/meditation). Each participant will explore abstraction in their sketchbooks, refine those investigations, and create responsive trace monotypes from those outcomes. These print images will then be layered on the surface of the newly created abstract ink wash landscapes.

This activity is related to the Utah Division of Arts and Museum’s (UDAM) new Arts Education Initiative; ART NEAR YOUR CENTER. Participants should bring their own sketchbooks and several natural plant forms from a three-mile radius from their homes or schools. This terminology is also based on UDAM’s lesson: Inspiration in the Familiar: Jacqui and Lance Larsen’s Three-Mile Radius at the Springville Museum of Art.

Sandy Brunvand

Born in Michigan, Sandy Brunvand moved to Salt Lake City in 1982.  She is an assistant professor (lecturer) in art education in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. After receiving her MFA in 2003, she co-founded Saltgrass Printmakers, a non-profit printmaking studio and gallery located in Sugarhouse.  As well as teaching studio and art education courses at the U of U, Brunvand has developed and taught a variety of professional development workshops for K-12 educators. These workshops have been delivered for the University of Utah, Salt Lake Art Center (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, UMOCA), Jordan School District, Salt Lake School District, Granite School District, and Art Works For Kids.

Brunvand’s artwork incorporates painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Colombia, Palestine, Hungary, and Scotland.  Her commissions include the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, UMOCA, and Utah Arts Council.  She has received a Utah Arts Council Established Artist Grant, multiple grants from Art Works for Kids, and the University of Utah's Graduate Research Fellowship.  Brunvand was recently named one of Utah’s 15 most influential artists by Utah’s online arts magazine Artists of Utah-15BYTES. 

As well as creating, teaching, and viewing art, Brunvand has a passion for playing blues and bluegrass music and for hiking in the mountains with her husband, Erik, and dog, Oliver.