Amateur—French origin meaning “lover of” reflects a voluntary motivation to work as a result of personal passion for a particular activity
Our studio is a place for amateurs of all ages and skill levels.
Atelier—an artists’ studio or workroom
Our work is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. In Reggio-inspired schools, the atelier is a resource and a center for expressing learning through the languages of materials.
Culture—“The word culture has long been used in arts education, largely as a justification for bringing kids into art. In the 21st century the word has connotations of elitism and privilege…the original etymological meaning of the word culture is closer to agriculture….the ancient meaning of culture is the medium in which we grow…” (Booth, E., 2008 quoted from AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning)
We want to see students immersed in culture in a way that is relevant to their lives. Having the opportunity to be creators themselves and to express ideas through artistic materials provides a way to deepen understanding and connections to others.
Documentation—the verb, “to document,” comes from the latin root, docere, meaning “to teach”
We use documentation in the studio in the form of photos and notes to reflect on the children’s process and their learning. Viewing the photos of their work allows us to deepen the dialogue with children and families; children teach us while sharing their discoveries and stories through the use of art materials.