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SUNY Art Education Program offers Workshop in Artistic Expression

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NEW PALTZ -- Why does the authentic artistic expression commonly found in young children usually wane with age? The Art Education Program at SUNY New Paltz will explore ways to access and ignite our own creativity in a two-day workshop featuring Dr. Joseph Amorino, a noted teacher and artist whose enlightened approach to accessing creativity has been featured on national television and in The New York Times.

Titled "The Reawakening of Artistic Expression through the Sensory-Emotional System," Dr. Amorino's workshop will be presented on the weekend of October 13 and 14 from 10am - 5pm each day. The cost is $40 general admission including lunch ($20 SUNY New Paltz students). It is open to the public and registration is available by calling the Art Education Program Graduate Assistant, Lara Held at 845-257-2628.

This premise behind "The Reawakening of Artistic Expression through the Sensory-Emotional System" is that by integrating materials while accessing the sensory-emotional origins of art making, authentic artistic expression can be generated. Through hands-on experiences, participants will reshape and transform materials as they give form to personal narrative and influence original idea formation.

Theorists from the areas of psychology, philosophy, art, and education argue that the developing sensory-emotional system provides the roots from which authentic artistic expression emerges. By harnessing and organizing the inward relationship between sensory stimulation, emotional response, and artistic impulse, artistic expression can be ignited.

Dr. Amorino is a teacher and practicing artist who has taught for over twenty years at the secondary and collegiate levels. He received the 1999 Princeton University Award as the Outstanding Secondary School Teacher in the State of New Jersey, a competition which encompassed teachers in every subject area. This workshop is open to all. It is especially useful art educators, students, and anyone working with young people.

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