Reggio Emilia Exhibition

March 1, 2010

Today, I had the pleasure of viewing the current Reggio Emilia Exhibition in Santa Monica titled, “The Wonder of Learning” The Hundred Languages of Children.” ┬áIt is an international traveling exhibition highlighting early childhood learning currently being shown in Santa Monica until April 25th. Admission is free and open to the public. It showcases the work from students enrolled in Reggio Emilia in Italy.

Some of the highlights of the exhibit for me were:

A video highlighting the day in the life of the preschool. Their daily life is constructed together by the teachers and students.

Photos and video of how the children engage in space – running through columns, making noise on the stairs, engaging in holes in walls, running like flies, running like butterflies.

A part of a video and exhibit panel describing children exploring with paper napkins – how they blow on the them, rip them, roll them into balls and make things from them – a bracelet, a snake, art.

How they use chains and strings as instruments – how anything and everything can be an instrument and letting the children discover the sounds and exploration of turning the objects into musical instruments.

An enchanted garden of reflection – how they play with mirrors, shadows, and light.

Using nature as pigments – by crushing them, putting it through sieves, breaking the pieces up with rock and then incorporating the natural elements into art.

How they explore textures using a monochromantic color skeem of black or white.