Art at the Center is an art studio designed specifically for children and their families. We emphasize the use of natural and recycled materials as well as traditional art media. The studio is a learning laboratory where experimentation is encouraged and students can practice thinking skills and problem solving as they engage in projects. The arts are seen as languages for children to express their ideas, working both individually and collaboratively in a group setting. The studio environment is designed to provoke curiosity and wonder and to encourage active engagement with the materials and with each other. Peer feedback and building relationships is a key part of the creative and learning process.
The idea for Art at the Center came from our desire to collaborate as educators and to create a place for exploring the connections between arts and learning. Our studio is inspired by the ateliers in the schools of Reggio Emilia Italy, and informed by education theories emphasizing inquiry-based learning.