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Sept. 21, 2007

UI Museum of Art offers first 'View and DO' event of the year Oct. 6

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host "View and DO: A Family Art Activity," its first family-centered event of the fall season, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

"View and DO" programs, designed for child-adult teams, use current UIMA exhibitions as a jumping off point for reflection about composition and form, art history movements, and approaches to art. Each session starts with an introduction to a selection of artworks in the UIMA. Afterwards, participants will do a hands-on arts activity for kids and adults based on the artworks viewed.

The Oct. 6 program, presented in conjunction with the current exhibition "From Monks to Masters: The Medieval Manuscript and the Early Printed Book," will offer participants the opportunity to learn a few basic bookbinding techniques.

"Younger kids are really eager to create. They are fearless and they really just let it fly," says Dale Fisher, the museum's director of education.

"View and DO" is an activity for all members of the family. "The emphasis is on the do," Fisher said. "The parents do fine once the kids teach them how to play."

The activity is especially geared towards children ages 6 to 10 and their parents and grandparents or adult caregivers. "View and DO" is open to the public and costs $10 for each child-and-adult team. For registration information, call 319-335-1730.

Participants should enter the museum through the new permanent entrance, on the east side of the building facing the Iowa River. The new entrance leads into the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

"View and DO!" sessions are held monthly on Saturdays through the academic year. Future events during the fall semester will be:

-- Nov. 3, "Drawing the Line(s)": Using works from the exhibition "Laylah Ali: Drawings from the Typology Series" as a starting point, participants will explore the expressive use of line to create pattern and portraits.

-- Dec. 1, "Cubism": The young artist and parent will make a work of art based on the principles of design present in Cubist masterpieces in the UIMA collection.

Previous "View and DO" activities have invited families to learn about contrast by exploring digital portraiture. Another led participants through an introduction to abstract art based on the museum's fine collection of 20th-century American art.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;