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I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, but I am wondering if any of
you know of any relevant research of teaching experience related to teaching
observation drawing at a very young age. If so, please respond to me or to
I wonder if you are at all familiar with the preschools of Reggio Emilia,
Italy. The schools there have been in existence for over 20 years and they
work with children between the ages of 3 and 6. The art created by these
children is unbelievable! They begin observational drawing at a very young
age, working on projects that integrate art with the children's other
interests: science, music, math, language, etc. They also are very proficient
with clay, paint, wire, and other media.
There was an article on these schools in this summer's issue of Studies in
Art Education and also in a recent issue of Young Child. A traveling show of
the projects created there is called The Hundred Languages & was in California
this summer. The work looks like that done by 3rd. or 4th. graders here!
If you are interested in learning more about these wonderful schools,
check out the included web site:
<A HREF="http://ericps.ed.uiuc.edu/eece/reggio.html">Reggio Emilia</A>
Best wishes, Gale Lee