The course on Mari and Munari shows how to make selected artworks by these two, artists, intellectuals and designers who are instrumental to the the history of Italian art during the late 1900s: Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari. An entertaining journey through the history of art, where you can learn while doing simple and educational exercises.
ACCORDING TO EXPERTS…
When talking about “creativity” we refer to a set of cognitive and affective aspects that can find expression in various ways, and the creative process usually consists of an imaginative phase and an exploratory phase. To allow children to develop their creativity and divergent thinking, it’s important to let them freely use materials from their surrounding environment, experiment, and come into contact with different stimuli.
According to Experts...
The workshop consists of a series of activities aimed at constructions and simple representations inspired by two visionary artists: Mari and Munari. The project is designed for children aged between 5 and 12 and is geared towards learning through experimentation, using creativity, and all five senses to be aware of the surrounding environment. When talking about creativity, we refer to a set of cognitive and affective aspects composed of two main phases:
- The mind imagines possible solutions to a problem.
- The exploratory phase, in which the best choices are evaluated (Finke et al., 1996).
Divergent thinking (the ability to identify different solutions) is closely connected to creativity. How to foster creativity in every child? It’s important to allow the child the freedom to use materials from the surrounding environment: a roll of paper can become glasses, a stick a marvellous horse. Moreover, the more stimulating the environment, the more it fosters children’s creativity. The possibility of trying and experimenting also holds significant importance. Sensory experience: awareness of the surrounding world occurs through the five senses, and for children, touch is the most important sense through which they can experience roughness, cold, heat, softness, etc.
The course includes a series of workshops whose main objective is the construction of simple representations with cardboard, glue, and paper that promote creativity and imagination. Furthermore, the completed works promote symbolic play. The use of glue, cardboard, colored paper, and the colors, used in many of our workshops, enhances the motor skills in younger children. In addition, various activities lasting an average of 20 minutes help maintain attention and concentration. Some activities allow the acquisition of initial temporal notions. Others, however, focus attention on the development of sensory abilities and awareness of the surrounding environment.
- Attention and concentration
- Motor skills
- Initial temporal concepts
- Sensory awareness.