Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material is an exhibition-atelier that brings together children’s works and processes on the theme of drawing and narrative in Reggio Emilia’s municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools. The intent is to better understand the poetic fabric weaving together drawings and words, and convey the cognitive and expressive richness children generate.
Words, marks and materials for the eyes, for reading, looking, listening and touching. For children words and drawing – although autonomous languages – almost always stand side by side, weaving together to form an intelligent and poetic mosaic.
The project has a dual objective:
-Deeper exploration of how drawing and materials are informed by words and mental imagery, and of how words and mental imagery are informed by the senses and perceptions (visual, tactile, sound, physical);
-To be vigilant and attentive so that in the daily life of the school the quality of learning, the sensory perceptions and imaginaries, and which manual tools to offer to children and adults, do not become impoverished or lost.