2024 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM WITH REGGIO CHILDREN

More than a Mark: the joy and complexity of children's graphic languages

DATES: SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2024 – ONLINE PRE-RECORDED DIALOGUE SESSIONS

Viewing access will be available for registered participants until Monday 22 July 2024.

Registered participants are also invited as part of their registration, to a LIVE INTERACTIVE ENCOUNTER to share perspectives with

and pose reflections to Symposium speakers on FRIDAY 12 JULY – 6pm – 8pm (AEST).

SPEAKERS: Maddalena Tedeschi and Sara De Poi

REAIE is delighted to announce Maddalena Tedeschi, Pedagogista and Sara De Poi, Atelierista, colleagues who work directly with the Municipal schools in Reggio Emilia, as the 2024 Symposium speakers.

Much work has been undertaken in Reggio Emilia around building our understandings of the language of drawing as a communicative form of expression for young children. 

Elena Corte, Atelierista, Municipal Infant Toddler Centres and Preschools Reggio Emilia, proposed Drawing is one of the many languages that children carry with them…a natural language that continuously mixes with all the other languages. 

The 2024 Symposium dialogue sessions will support deepened understandings of the significance of the language of drawing, making reference to the Exhibition titled The Pleasures of Drawing – the visual thinking of children.

The Research Symposium, as an online initiative, invites participation in 3 pre-recorded sessions that aim to build understanding around children’s interest and engagement in the graphic languages. Sessions will be delivered in Italian with translation into English by Jane McCall.

Webinar 1:  INVENTIONS IN DRAWING

The themes discussed in this webinar have to do with the meanings of the language of drawing, a powerful and essential* language that goes back to the dawn of humanity. It is a strongly expressive and poetic language, related to verbal language and sometimes connected with it, though on other occasions it is so inventive as to precede it. Mark (segno) and drawing (disegno) become traces of Self in the world, theories narrating our personal point of view as we interpret being in dialogue with the contexts of our experience.

* in the sense of being both indispensable and containing an essence

This session is 3 hours (including translation) and will explore the contexts and processes of children’s drawing (birth to primary school).                       

Webinar 2:  THE PLEASURE OF DRAWING. THE VISUAL THINKING OF CHILDREN

This webinar addresses themes related to the language of drawing, and in particular attempts to analyse drawings made by children aged 0 -10 years, starting from a grammar of the language of drawing with the intent of making visible the strategies of cognition and construction enacted by children as they draw.

This session is 2 hours (including translation) and explores the new exhibition The Pleasures of Drawing, including an analysis of the drawings and processes.

Webinar 3: IMAGINE A FOREST

This webinar narrates the experience of an in-depth exploration in the infant-toddler centres and preschools of trees understood as the natural connectors of the planet. This exploration, in the form of mark-making and drawing, involved the whole city of Reggio Emilia, and led to the creation of an exhibition and documentation shared publicly in the largest square in the historic centre of  Reggio Emilia.

This session is 80 minutes (including translation) and shares the narrative of a project titled Imagine a forest, which involved all of the  Municipal Infant Toddler Centres and Preschools in Reggio Emilia, as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Loris Malaguzzi.

A very special encounter will occur on Friday 12 July 6.00pm – 8.00pm (AEST) with a live session, linking directly to Reggio Emilia. Symposium speakers will engage with the questions, comments and reflections collected from Research Symposium participants to create an interactive opportunity not to be missed.