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Language of Art, The

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Language of Art, The

Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings

Author(s): Ann Pelo (click on the author's name for more titles)

ISBN: 9781929610990

Binding: Paperback

Size: 215mm X 280mm

Published by: Redleaf Press

RRP $67.95


Inspired by an approach to teaching and learning born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, The Language of Art emphasizes investigation anchored by drawing, painting, and other art activities.

It provides:
advice on setting up a studio space for art and inquiry
15 studio explorations designed to give children a basic fluency in art
suggestions for documenting children's developing fluency with art media and its use in inquiry
guidelines for using children's newfound fluency as a tool for investigation.

Even if you use a space not designed specifically for art instruction or even for an early childhood program, The Language of Art shows how you can simply "start where you are."The book is divided up into two parts. Part one, Studio Exploration provides guidelines for setting up a studio space in your child care environment and how to introduce children to art media through open-ended, full-bodied explorations developing their understanding of how a medium behaves, feels on their body, how it can be used and what skills and tools are needed to work with it. Part two shows how children can use art as a tool for critical thinking, initially in everyday interactions and then expanding on these inquiries to build long term investigations. The final chapter tells the story of a long-term investigation of leaves, incorporating the principles and ideas expounded in the previous chapters.