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Reggio Emilia Approach, Role of the Arts in

From the Reggio perspective, every child has at least “one hundred languages” available for expressing perspectives of the world. Some of those languages, such as visual art, music, dance, drama, and photography, are considered the “poetic” languages, cornerstones of this approach. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia preschool educational philosophy, believed an intervention for the dated model of schools was needed. One of his novel ideas was placing professional artists in every school, as a means for ensuring that all children receive quality art instruction. In fact, all preschools in Reggio Emilia now have a dedicated artist and artistic program in their school. This entry will examine practices in the atelier (arts studio), the role of the atelierista (artist–teacher), and the philosophical underpinnings ...

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