Mapmaking

As a part of my atelierista studies I was asking four children at a preschool to make a map over their village. I was interested in seeing if they could do it, how they would do it and which places, buildings or structures that were important or visible for them. I also asked them to collaborate – to draw a map together. They could choose between some different sorts of paper, black pencils of different size, ordinary pencils, and coloured pencils. I was only observing. It wasn’t an easy task, but they really tried. It didn’t turn out to be one map, but three very different.

Two children co-operated and were drawing their houses (incl. family members and a dog), the road to their preschool, the preschool and the gas-station.

One child had a hard time drawing and didn’t want to tell about his work.

One child was drawing ”all of Hammenhög”. He started with the sea outside the village on a separate piece of paper, then the asphalt, his house, the road to Ystad and the road to Kristianstad.

Atelierista

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I have started at the Atelierista program at The Reggio Emilia Institute in Stockholm. It is something I have wanted to do for many years and it feels like I am on the right place! To be part of creative and creating processes and to explore the world through aesthetic tools with children feels like paradise! Many of my interesets, things that occupies my mind, is united in the approach  that the pre-schools in Reggio Emilia in Italy have:  pre-schools as an important place to develop democracy, the importance of aesthetics in the research of the world, the collaborative way of working, the importance of listening and the holistic approach. Here I see parallels to the philosophy of Butoh dance, zen-buddhism, my interest for social development and the devising work we do in Kollaborativet. And my thoughts about the relation between adults and children are confirmed. It is also confirmed that school, education or learning CAN be, or actually IS, filled with pleasure. I am really looking forward to work in this way!!

The Reggio Emilia Institute describes the role of the atelierista like this:

The atelierista is devoloping the pedagogic context, materials and the ways of expression at schools and pre-schools. But above all the atelierista stimulates the work in between rationality and fantasy. Aesthetics is an important part of our ways of thinking. It creates doors and connection in and between different subjects, and it deepens the processes of learning.

http://www.reggioemilia.se