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Mary Gutmann November 17, 2013 at 09:22 am
Mary Gutmann November 16, 2013 at 04:40 am Writing cursive is a skill that improves coordination andRead More motor ability—particularly valuable for boys, whose fine motor skills develop more slowly than girls'. Writing leads to facility in freehand sketching, which leads to drawing. Some computer programs are beginning to offer finger manipulation, even drawing, on touch screens, but drawing skills are essential first. When children do not learn to use their hands to create: to hold a block of wood and cut into it with a tool, to squeeze clay into a shape, to write their secret thoughts into their very own diary, to sketch and draw their ideas—they are cut off from a whole range of experience that makes them grow into complete, versatile, and capable people. —Mary Wallis Gutmann
The Washington Public Library is working with a UI graduate student in art and art history to produce a mural for the back of the building. Photo courtesy of Jeff Batterson with Batterson Photography.
Maria Houser Conzemius October 11, 2013 at 09:36 am
Thomas Agran, MFA from the University of Indiana at Bloomington, IN, is painting a gorgeous mural onRead More the southside wall of the New Pioneer Coop in Iowa City at the corner of Van Buren and Washington Streets by the creek. He's nearly done and might be available for the mural painting to be painted on the back of the library building in Washington, Iowa. Come see his work!
Maria Houser Conzemius October 11, 2013 at 09:37 am
Maria Houser Conzemius October 11, 2013 at 09:44 am
When I was a teenager away at boarding school, I became anorexic before anyone knew what that was. IRead More think it's related to obsessive/compulsive disorder, but I'm not sure. I was on every team in every sport, walked all over town, and avoided certain foods, like potatoes, for years. Had no idea it could be genetic. My Dad was an athlete and has always been obsessed with his weight and his level of fitness -- still is, even at 89.