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‘Saturday Art’ registration underway

Area students in grades 1-6 are once again invited to exercise their creativity during the Upper Iowa University Art Department’s Saturday Art Program. The 10th annual program will be presented as one hour art classes on Saturdays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. The classes are held on the third floor of the Edgar Fine Arts Building on the Fayette campus.

“This program brings creative experiences and a lot of fun to area children during the winter months,” said UIU art professor Elissa Wenthe.  “The idea for the Saturday Art Program at Upper Iowa came about through the leadership of former UIU professor John Siblik and his desire to make rich visual arts opportunities available to young people of northeast Iowa.”

The participating young artists will have the chance to work with a variety of materials, including drawing, painting, printmaking and clay.

“The main objective of this program is to foster the development of a better understanding and appreciation for the visual arts and that these children carry this appreciation with them into the future,” added Wenthe.  “Equally important, the program gives students the opportunity to express their creative inclinations.”

Working with the University’s Andres School of Education, Wenthe will also continue the Saturday Art Program tradition in providing a laudable learning experience for UIU students studying art education. The art majors and art education majors will be prepared with a complete curriculum unit to follow.

The registration deadline for the UIU Saturday Art program is Sunday, Jan. 17. The $20 registration fee can be paid at the first session. For additional information or to register, contact Wenthe at 563-380-4764 or wenthee@uiu.edu.

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