The language of art: Inquiry-based studio practices in early childhood settings (2nd ed)


By Ann Pelo

Reggio-inspired inquiry-based studio practices

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.

Age focus: 3–6.

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The Reggio Emilia approach emphasises investigation through art and drawing, painting and other mediums. The language of art is a helpful guide that explores both theory and practice and is designed for teachers who are unsure of how to incorporate Reggio Emilia principles into their curriculum. This book discusses: how to set up a studio space for art and inquiry examples of studio explorations in texture, colour and other artistic areas suggestions on how to document art and inquiry guidelines for using art for investigation.

About the author:

Ann Pelo is a teacher educator, program consultant, and author whose primary work focuses on reflective pedagogical practice, social justice and ecological teaching and learning and the art of mentoring. Currently, Ann consults early childhood educators and administrators in North America, Australia, and New Zealand on inquiry-based teaching and learning, pedagogical leadership, and the necessary place of ecological identity in children’s – and adults’ – lives. She is the author of several books including the first edition of The Language of Art and co-author of That’s Not Fair: A Teacher’s Guide to Activism with Young Children.

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Weight 0.78 kg
Dimensions 27.5 × 21.5 × 1.5 cm







Redleaf press

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