Talented Iowa youth explore arts via UI programs

Seven hundred gifted and talented students from across the state of Iowa are exploring everything from leadership to foreign languages and the arts through nine summer residential programs offered to K-12 students through The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center in the UI College of Education.

Photographer Tim Schoon visited two courses at the Blank Summer Institute, a one-week residential summer program held at The University of Iowa for 130 of Iowa’s gifted students who are currently in seventh and eighth grade.

The Visual Arts course, taught by Sonya Naumann, is designed to provide a study of visual art through a variety of art tools and materials with an emphasis on studio production.

The Performing Arts course, taught by Kate Aspengren, provided an in-depth look into the world of the theatre and it built on students performance abilities. Acting, set design, dance/movement, and more were studied.

Scenes from the Visual arts course:

Scenes from the Performing Arts course:

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