What is an atelier?
How does the atelier foster our kids' creativity and self expression?
How can we create our own mini-atelier in our own home, and what materials should be included?
In Reggio Emilia, Italy, the atelier is like the beating heart of the classroom.
A dedicated space for art-making, long-term projects and creative exploration through a variety of rich art media, accessible to children to represent their ideas, provoke creative thinking, and show understanding through their one hundred languages.
How might we bring the magic of the Atelier home?
What kinds of tools should we include, and how can they be organized to foster independence and creative exploration for our own children?
Designating a dedicated space for creating sends a message to our children that art is valued, and that they are valued as artists.
This can be a special nook, corner or area of...
Staying organized in today's busy world is getting harder and harder to do.
Especially when it comes to children.
Staying organized with ART SUPPLIES is a whole different ballgame, and because of its inherently "messy" nature, many teachers and families shy away from art with their kids.
In the Reggio-inspired world, art is a language with which kids first learn to communicate. In fact, the atelier is a very important, dedicated space for art creation and experimentation in Reggio-inspired schools.
Art holds tremendous power for kids - to express feelings, fears, dreams and ideas. Giving children tools, and presenting them in a thoughtful, organized and beautiful way, invites kids in to explore, and use this language in creative ways.
I believe that art supplies (and other toys/materials) should be VISIBLE, and within kids' reach.
This way, they can make independent choices and not feel thwarted by always having to ask permission. (always asking for help and permission...