visual language

Children are amazed when they first notice a moving marker leave a record of its action. A stroke of a paintbrush leaves a wake of color in its path. Time is frozen and takes on forms.

When a child builds a clay object and says, “this is a horse”, he is saying more then its name. He thinks about how strong the clay legs must be to hold the horse upright. So, “this is a horse” means “this is a strong legged animal.” Each medium has its own affordances that orient the child to think about the world through those affordances, “standing up” for clay, “noticeable edges” for drawing, “gradients of color” for painting. We see the world in terms of the properties and action of the media we use to represent the world. Our children experience the various visual languages with a specialist atelierista (art instructor).