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ERIC Number: EJ871984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Rethink, Reimagine, Reinvent: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Incorporating Reclaimed Materials in Children's Artworks
Eckhoff, Angela; Spearman, Mindy
Art Education, v62 n2 p10-16 Mar 2009
Introducing reclaimed materials into the art classroom provides students with unique opportunities to connect ordinary, discarded objects with unique, personal artistic creations. In an effort to better understand this connection, this article explores existing pedagogical precedents that support the role of the inclusion of reclaimed materials in visual arts education. The authors chronicle an investigation into the role of reclaimed objects in children's artworks which began on their recent trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy, the site of a reclaimed materials center available for use by local teachers, students, and community members. In addition, the authors conducted a brief research project exploring the use of reclaimed materials with 2nd-grade students in an after-school program in the United States. The results of that project are presented following a discussion of the Reggio Emilia approach to reclaimed materials in children's artworks. The article concludes by offering suggestions as to how educators outside of Reggio Emilia might use and extend these ideas from found object explorations in their own classrooms. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy; United States