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...
Are you cringing that I used the word decor?
I dislike it too.
Ambiente (amˈbyentē) is a much better term, and encompasses so much more...
The textures, the colours, the smells, the feel, the vibe you get when you enter a space.
In fact, ambiente is the word used to describe the environment - the child's third teacher - in a Reggio Emilia-Inspired world.
Why is so much attention given to the space that surrounds our children in the world of Reggio?
When we create an environment that respects children as learners and full of potential, they in turn respect their environment and view themselves as capable, competent and full of potential.
They understand that this is a place where they are honoured as artists and creators, and that learning is valued here.
When we think of our child's learning environment, what are some ideas that come to mind? How might we see the space through our children's eyes?