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Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education
by Vea Vecchi
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 ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published May 17th 2010 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2010)
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The book, which deals with childhood education (ages 1-6) in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, is pretty damn fascinating. Vecchi's pedagogy is something that I wished I read before I started to teach.Vecchi's book talks at length about the value of space within a democracy and so pushes against utilitarian ideas that posit space from a simple economic frame--for her, places have the ability to speak to us not only about beauty and pleasure, but also about ourselves. She also communicates the ...more
Foe me a 5, because I work and research in such a specific field (creativity & early childhood in the context of Regiio Emilia). Unless you are researching, working, or interested in the role of the atelierista or atelier in Reggio, it probably would not be such a fabulous read. I especially loved it because I've attended lectures and a workshop w/ Vea, and I find her language powerful, and now I have it in print.