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Get Creative at Georgian Court at Writing and Drawing Workshop

Session Connects Different Kinds of Personal Expression

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 18, 2009—Creative types can say goodbye to writer’s block and blank canvases by rethinking how they express personal experiences and explore ways to integrate art forms. And that’s only part of what attendees will take from “Drawing from the Heart: Writing from Your Drawing,” a Georgian Court University program slated for 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Room 305 of the GCU Wellness Center on the Lakewood campus.

The session will be led by GCU Professor of Art Geraldine Velasquez, Ed.D., whose doctoral work focused on the connections between varied means of personal creative expression.

“The workshop is an introduction to help people find creative means of expressing memories and feelings,” says Dr. Velasquez, an artist who also teaches in the Georgian Court master’s program in holistic health. “We use imagery and imagination, guided mind journeys, and meditation to create drawings and writing. Participants develop positive and individual ways to express themselves that are freeing and joyful.”

And the class is open to everyone, not just experienced writers and artists, she adds.

“All participants, with or without art experience, can find pathways of expression because each one of us is a creative being,” says Dr. Velasquez. “The workshop is very soothing, non-stressful, and is meant to encourage people to use art in their lives.”

A $25 registration fee is required for the class, which is part of “A Healthier You on the Horizon,” a new series of informative and interactive programs hosted by the McAuley Community Center at GCU. Other sessions planned for Fall 2009 focus on yoga, naturopathic medicine, Jin Shin Jyutsu, and T’ai Chi Chih.

Advance registration is required by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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