Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia

Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

By Vea Vecchi

© 2010 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of Vea Vecchi, one of the first atelieristas to be appointed in Reggio Emilia in 1970.

Part memoir, part conversation and part reflection, the book provides a unique insider perspective on the pedagogical work of this extraordinary local project, which continues to be a source of inspiration to early childhood practitioners and policy makers worldwide.

Vea’s writing, full of beautiful examples, draws the reader in as she explains the history of the atelier and the evolving role of the atelierista. Key themes of the book include:

• processes of learning and knowledge construction

• the theory of the hundred languages of childhood and the role of poetic languages

• the importance of organisation, ways of working and tools, in particular pedagogical documentation

• the vital contribution of the physical environment

• the relationship between the atelier, the atelierista, the school and its teachers

This enlightening book is essential reading for students, practitioners, policy makers and researchers in early childhood education, and also for all those in other fields of education interested in the relationship between the arts and learning.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction: Invitation to the Dance 1. Introduction 2. Aesthetics/Poetics 3. A General Overview 4. The Bicycle Metaphor 5. The Long View of Organisation 6. An Ethic Community 7. Environments 8. Professional Marvellers 9. Visible Learning 10. We Take Up the Walk Again 11. The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre 12. Blue Flowers, Bitter Leaves

About the Author

Vea Vecchi worked as an atelierista at the Diana municipal preschool in Reggio Emilia for over thirty years, doing pedagogical research and documentation in the area of children’s many languages. She now acts as a consultant to 'Reggio Children'.

About the Series

Contesting Early Childhood

This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects