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Time is a Circle led by artist Loren Abbate.

The project for this symposium is called Time is a Circle and it is a mixed media project where materials include drawing tools, Bristol or thicker boards, collage, textures, and other embellishments. The project will interpret personal narrative and self-discovery while challenging the perception of time. Emphasis will be placed on creating from a place of presence and understanding the healing nature of art-making and self-expression. Another objective of this project and approach is to understand a broader scope of creative energy, self-awareness, wisdom in the process of art-making, and how this knowledge applies to teaching school-aged students. The goal of this symposium is to take educators through a personal journey into a holistic approach to creative expression. There will also be elements of self-care to help educators through the challenges they have faced over the last few years.

All of our Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom. The programs include:

  • Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
  • Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
  • Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
  • Six professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
  • Lesson plans as a take-home

Registration fees are $75 and include a light breakfast and all materials. You can register here

Loren Abbate holds a master’s degree in art education with a concentration in art therapy from the School of Visual Arts (NYC). She is an exhibiting artist, educator, workshop and retreat facilitator, reiki energy practitioner, student of non-dualism philosophy, and sacred healing arts modalities.

As an artist, Loren has shown her work in galleries and institutions globally. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including two years as a printmaker at Art Center South Florida and a three-time recipient of the ESKFF arts grant at Mana Contemporary. She has been teaching and leading groups in the art of creative self-expression for over 2 decades.

Loren is the founder of Wild Indigo Arts, a modality that uniquely blends studies in art therapy, art education, non-dual philosophy, shamanic practices, nature-based wisdom, and community building to bring creativity, personal development, and the arts to the forefront of consciousness. Loren has served diverse populations from school-aged children, to at-risk teens, senior citizens, and special needs students. Due to the wide scope of background and experience working in educational and institutional settings, Loren has been able to identify a need for progressive and safe spaces to express the subconscious mind as an act of radical self-acceptance and personal freedom.

PLEASE NOTE: If your school needs to be invoiced in order to pay for this program, please contact us to register. Call 908-273-9121 ext. 213 or email swalko@artcenternj.org, and speak with Sarah Walko.


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901 United States
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