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<But it does bring up questions and concerns. Would observational drawing
take <some of the joy out of early childhood drawing? Are we to be only
concerned <with training little drawers? What about just developing a
healthy <appreciation of art in general so they will be life longlearners?>
My experience is not this and I have been teaching like that for a long
time. Yes by the way I am very familiar with the Reggio Emilia system and
use their ways a lot too. My 12 yrs. old students who have been with me
since very young age did not ever seem to loose their joy of early
childhood drawing in spite of having much observational drawing. And I
believe we should not only be concerned with just training little drawers
just like the Suzuki method in music is not just for training little genius
musicians. I feel our main goal is exactly to teach them about art so they
will always love it and know it wheather as artlovers or artists and
therefor as life long learners.
Do you know that the travelling show of the works of the children from
Reggio Emilia is called "The hundred languages" because the founder of this
theory Loris Malaguzzi believed children are born with hundred languages
but we(grown ups) take away from them 99.
Anyway this is it for now.
Best regards from the far north, Rosa