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Philosophy

 

The Creative Mind

All learning and creating involves trying something out and seeing what happens, but this process involves making many mistakes. And generally speaking we don’t like making mistakes. It is the fear of making mistakes that can stop us from expressing ourselves freely and thinking with originality.

In order to feel free to experiment and make mistakes, you need a supportive environment.

 

 

An Environment that supports creativity

We believe that the environment in which we create is hugely important.

Not only is the physical environment important, but also a positive and supportive emotional environment, where mistakes are encouraged and experimentation is highly valued.

Above all the environment should be an atmosphere of joy and playfulness.

 

 

Working Together

Collaborative group work is important for creative development.

Communication and interaction can deepen inquiry and stimulate new ways of thinking.

Students are encouraged to discus; critique, compare and problem solve together, in order to gain valuable reflection and new insights.

 

 

Reflection and Inquiry

By thoughtfully returning to their artwork again and again, students of all ages are able to develop sensitivity and skills of critical thinking.

To take the time to reflect, analyze and evaluate your own work gives insight and depth into your own creative mind and processes.

 

 

Documentation

To support this process of reflection we believe that documentation can play an important part.

By documenting and displaying artwork, students can discuss and reflect on their work at different stages of development. This process of reflection, allows students to express, construct and re-construct their feelings, ideas and understandings of their work in progress.

 

 

Teachers

The teacher’s role is to act as a guide and a resource that can lend expertise and help. Teachers carefully listen, observe and document student’s work. This process stimulates critical thinking and helps students make decisions about what direction they want their artwork to go.

In this way teachers are learning at the same time the students are.

 

 

Inspiration

We have been fortunate to have participated in numerous study tours and conferences at the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero.

 

 

Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia is an approach to creativity and learning that was founded by Loris Mallaguzzi in the Northern Italian city, Reggio Emilia. It has since spread worldwide and Time Magazine has sited the Reggio schools the best in the world.

Lorris Magaluzzi has created a forum where children can express what he calls the 100 languages of children, which refers to their unlimited creative potential. He believes that when we perceive children as strong, capable and creative we inspire children to the highest of their creative potential. Instead of seeing children as empty vessels that need filling up with information and knowledge, he sees them as already full of creative potential and artists in their own right. This philosophy can be applied to adults as well as children.

 

 

Project Zero

Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.

Project Zero's research initiatives build on and contribute to detailed understandings of human cognitive development and the processes of learning in the arts and other disciplines. They place the learner at the center of the educational process, respecting the different ways in which an individual learns at various stages of life, as well as differences among individuals in the ways they perceive the world and express their ideas.