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October 11, 2016

Goals of Community Meet-ups

From: Annie Burbidge Ream

As promised, this week we will post three examples of some of the activities we use to guide visitors through experiencing Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels at UMFA Community Meet-ups. These workshops, focusing on sketching and writing, are guided tours of the sites and begin with a discussion of the artwork and surrounding landscape followed by a demonstration of the project. Participants then are able to go off on their own to do the lesson and engage with the work of art.


Remember, as discussed in the last post, the goals of our community meet-ups are to provide access to these artworks; promote engagement and education to all ages and backgrounds; deliver experiential and exploratory experiences; and most importantly to have fun exploring Land art in Utah! Sketching and writing are just two of many workshop models we do on-site, but work with many ages from young to the young at heart! These three activities focus on Spiral Jetty, but the concepts can be directly applied to any artwork, landscape, environment, or even the classroom! Do you have other ideas or extensions on how to use these projects? Please share in the comments section below!

Spiral Jetty

Download Lesson Plans:
Blind Contouring: Sketching Spiral Jetty
by Amy Noorlander and Laura Decker
Exploring Color: Documenting Color through Place
by Amy Noorlander and Laura Decker
Stream-of-Consciousness: Writing Spiral Jetty by Iris Moulton

Stay tuned for more! The next post will focus on experiencing Land art through family and multi-generational learning!



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