Imagination and the Creative Process: Structure, Form, Improvisation and Practice. Or, How Much is Two Plus Two?

April 25th, 2018 from 5:30-7pm

in the Center for Transformation, Lamson Library, room 003

A presentation on the stages of the creative process, the importance of engaging in the creative process and the transformative nature of understanding and engaging in the creative process.

Jay Moskowitz, PSU faculty member, will provide a talk and follow-up activity which will explore the stages and value of the creative process. He will demystify “making art”, present it in the context of engaging in the creative process and argue that anyone can be creative; creativity is an essential element for growth and progress in all academic disciplines and life experiences. Join us as we explore and engage in an event which asks us to reconsider the question, How Much is Two Plus Two? “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”-Erich Fromm

Jay Moskowitz, Musician Artist Educator

“Whoever uses the spirit that is in him creatively is an artist. To make living itself an art, that is the goal.”
― Henry Miller

Jay Moskowitz received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a K-8 Teacher Certification option and Art Minor (1995), and his Master of Education Degree with an Integrated Arts option (1997) both from Plymouth State University. These degrees were earned at 45 and 47 years of age, respectively, after a life of a variety of other academic and professional pursuits including work as a paralegal, musician and blue-collar worker. Subsequent to receiving his degrees from PSU, he acquired his AMS Montessori Certification as Elementary I Director from the Seacoast Training Center. With interested parents, he founded The Bodhi Tree Montessori School in Rumney, New Hampshire, where he taught kindergarten through fourth grades from 1999 to 2004. Jay has taught every grade level from kindergarten through graduate school. He has conducted numerous children’s workshops in both visual arts and music. In addition to teaching in the Art Department, he has also taught several courses in the Childhood Studies Department and Interdisciplinary Studies. Jay has been with the Art Department for twenty years teaching Visual Literacy, Integrated Arts, Creativity and the Visual World, and Myths, Masks and Identity as a teaching lecturer faculty member in addition to supervising Art Education Teacher Candidates. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award from Plymouth State University. Jay says, “Art is a metaphor for life. In order to be successful, one must pay attention, have patience and practice. Or, is it that life is a metaphor for art?”

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