The Language of Art, 2nd Edition

Redleaf Press

I often wonder whether new editions are worth reading, especially when the first one is a winner. YES, YES! This is a must have 2nd edition of an invaluable book.

While this new edition continues to offer teachers a wealth of examples for using art media as tools for inquiry, you'll find deeper understandings of how the language of art expands children's ability to pay attention to details, communicate, participate in conversations about ideas, question, collaborate, and take new perspectives. And, you'll have further help thinking through the teacher's role in this process, with suggestions to guide your experimentation, your documentation, and reflections on what you are learning. 

And, while the language of art indeed cultivates 21st Century Skills, we must heed Pelo's important reminder that in this prescriptive and assessment driven era, "Art has many purposes, but serving as a conduit for assessment is not one.We can take up art as an expression of our participation in life.

Margie Carter
Early childhood consultant, instructor, author

The Language of Art
Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings

by Ann Pelo

Many early childhood programs, inspired by the Reggio approach, find themselves ill-prepared to help children work with different art media to represent their ideas. A typical program doesn’t have an art studio, let alone an art teacher to work with them. This book represents an attempt by a full time child care program with these limitations to help their staff gain confidence and skills in supporting children to explore and master basic art materials. All the the ideas and strategies can be easily adapted for different settings.

This updated edition includes:

  • New art exploration for teachers to use prior to implementing the practice with children
  • Suggestions on documentation
  • Inspiring photographs and ideas to show how you can use inquiry-based practices in your own early childhood setting

Discover how to create space, time, and intentional processes for children's exploration and learning to use art for asking questions, exploring hypotheses, and examining experiences from unfamiliar perspectives.

A companion CD, Take Time to See Through Childrens Eyes, shows in detail the long term investigation of why leaves change color described in The Language of Art.

Part One: Studio Explorations
- Chapter 1: General Guidelines for Studio Explorations
- Chapter 2: Exploring Textures and Movement
Chapter 3: Exploring Color
Chapter 4: Three-Dimensional Media
Chapter 5: Representational Drawing and Painting

Part Two: Moving Art from the Studio to the Classroom
- Chapter 6: Growing a Culture of Inquiry through Art
Chapter 7: Using Art Media to Grow Long-Term Investigations
- Chapter 8: To See Takes Time: A Long-term Investigation into Leaves

Price: $40.00