KLA Schools of Plainfield hosted its annual Fine Arts Festival. This year, they did it virtually, to provide a safer opportunity to showcase children’s creativity inspired by their imaginations and original ideas through their artistic work.
On Saturday, July 25, 2020, KLA Schools hosted their annual Fine Arts Festival. The educators and families joined via Zoom for the virtual showcase which included works of art done by students in Plainfield and Naperville. As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, KLA believes that there are 100 languages of learning and that children can express, explore, and connect what they know about the world and what they feel through a variety of mediums. Ms. Erica, Principal at Plainfield’s opening remarks, explained that “Through art, students at KLA are encouraged to have open-ended experiences and encounters while taking a lead role in their education as they engage in the world as artists.”
Throughout the school year and summer, the students have been using various papers, fabrics, clay, wire, pastels, chalks, and digital tools to create art pieces for the annual Fine Arts Festival. Ms. Brooke, Plainfield Atelierista, described KLA’s unique workroom called the Atelier. “Our Atelier inspires complex ideas and opportunities to combine thoughts and possibilities for short- and long-term projects. This past year, we have embraced using digital in our school, especially in the Atelier. The students have explored the beauty of texture and pattern with our digital microscopes, captured meaningful images with cameras, used a variety of software programs to create digital designs and pictures. As students become more familiar with the tools, their work becomes more intentional, and I cannot wait to see what they produce in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
Ms. Mellissa, Naperville Atelierista, stated, “Working as an Atelierista in a Reggio-Inspired school is about being patient, listening and caring about each child and what they have to offer. Our school offers safe spaces to explore and grow while guiding and strengthening skills. Teachers in the classrooms get continuous support with the familiarity of materials on their Mini-Ateliers and navigation with provocations that coordinate with the school’s pedagogical practices.” Many beautiful art pieces came from the classroom projects displayed during the event, including clay pieces that had been uniquely designed and tediously molded. The clay structures included an “angel riding a sleigh,” “mountain with a volcano that has a dog’s face,” “tortoise climbing rocks,” “river rock with slugs,” and more! Other forms of art were displayed showcasing work with chalk, tempera paint & sponges, lines, wire, positive & negative space, coffee filter diffusions, scratch & sketch, loose parts for self-portraits, process art with permanent markers, oil pastels, and water.
Through art, KLA honors students for who they are and how they share that with the world. Through these “100 Languages” of expression and representation, the students are also building upon their fine and gross motor skills, language development, decision-making skills, cultural awareness, and neural connections. Studies have shown that students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Countries around the world that consistently score highest in math and the sciences require art classes. It sounds like the future is very bright for the young artists at KLA!
About KLA Schools
At KLA Schools, everyone believes that all children have the right to high-quality education. Early childhood education is crucial to lifelong success for children in whatever dreams they wish to pursue as they grow.
It is one of the reasons KLA Schools of Plainfield utilizes the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and development, which has been heralded as one of the best programs in the world and was featured by CNN and Newsweek magazine.
As one of the most respected early childhood educational establishments in the North Plainfield/South Naperville area, your child will be launching into life with enthusiasm and excitement. If you would like more information about the programs offered by KLA School’s call 1.855.JOIN.KLA