WHAT OTHERS SAY
The Language of Art
by Ann Pelo
Many early childhood programs, inspired by the Reggio approach, find themselves ill-prepared to help children work with different art media to represent their ideas. A typical program doesn’t have an art studio, let alone an art teacher to work with them. This book represents an attempt by a full time child care program with these limitations to help their staff gain confidence and skills in supporting children to explore and master basic art materials. All the the ideas and strategies can be easily adapted for different settings .
To see Ann Pelo in action using studio work to grow emergent curriculum projects, see these videos: Children at the Center, Setting Sail, Thinking Big, and To See Takes Time. A companion CD, Take Time to See Through Children’s Eyes, shows in detail the long term investigation of why leaves change color described in The Language of Art.
Part Two: Moving Art from the Studio to the Classroom