In French, the word ‘atelier' means workshop or studio, and it is a place where artists gather to inspire each other and create meaningful pieces of fine art. The Gillispie School’s atelier is a cozy, sun-drenched studio designed for the young children of Gillispie to discover, explore, investigate, and manipulate a diverse array of materials, expressing their ideas through symbolic language and following their creativity wherever it leads.
The materials in the atelier are carefully chosen to invite open-ended exploration. Traditional materials such as paint, pens, and clay line the shelves, along with wire, charcoals, pastels, recycled items, found objects, and natural materials like dried leaves and flowers, shells, stones, and sticks. Different mediums, colors, textures, and tools are provided and artisans are encouraged to put these materials to use in ways that inspire and excite them.
Through Artisans in the Atelier workshops, artisans are encouraged to experiment with the available tools and materials in unique and innovative ways. Art is a language through which artisans express their joys, sorrows, fears, and courage. Come give voice to your inner artisan and create with us!
My name is pronounced "saw-vo-knee-a" and I am an Early Childhood teacher at Gillispie. Through the discoveries of the children who I've worked with, I found another passion of mine: Early Childhood Art. I've learned that creativity is a bridge to learning. When a child explores and encounters an obstacle, it is through their creativity that they problem-solve and become an inquisitive, confident and reflective learner. All my workshops foster creativity in children and adults. Let's create!