UIU art professor offers Saturday art classes for elementary children
FAYETTE, IOWA (December 13, 2006) — Fayette county elementary school students can shake off the cold this winter by exercising their creativity on Saturday mornings at Upper Iowa University.
"This program will bring creative experiences and a lot of fun to area children," said UIU Art Professor John Siblik. "The idea for the Saturday Art Program at Upper Iowa came about through my past experiences and a personal desire to make available rich visual arts opportunities to the young people of Fayette County."
Siblik added, "Furthermore, in conjunction with the Art Department and Education Department at UIU, I feel we can create valuable learning experiences for our art and elementary teachers from the Education Program. Our Art Education majors along with the assistance of Elementary Education majors at Upper Iowa are well prepared with a complete curriculum unit and are really looking forward to being involved with this program."
The Saturday Art Program will be presented as one-hour art classes on the Fayette campus at the Andres Center for Business and Education on Jan. 20 and 27 and Feb. 3 and 10. Students will have the chance to work with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay. The classes are funded in part by grant money awarded to Siblik earlier this year by the Fayette County Community Foundation.
"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," said Siblik. "Just as important, the program will give students an opportunity to express their creative inclinations."
To register for classes or find out more about the program, contact John Siblik at 563-425-5241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is January 5, 2007, and a $10 registration fee is required. Each registered student will receive a free T-shirt.