Cathy TopalA visual arts educator at preschool through college levels for over 30 years, Cathy Topal is Professor Emerita of Arts Education in the Dept. of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Author of Thinking with a Line and other books for Davis Art including Explorations in Art: Kindergarten (2008), Beautiful Stuff (1999), Children & Painting (1992), Children, Clay & Sculpture (1983), Her work has been heavily influenced by Froebel. Cathy has just co-authored a new Davis book with Lella Gandini, entitled Beautiful Stuff from Nature.