The MOTHER HOUSE STUDIO MODEL is INTERGENERATIONAL, POLITICAL AND CREATIVE
The Mother House provides space facilities and integrated childcare services to enable creative development for artist mothers and children. Children are encouraged to use many languages to investigate and explore. Their questions and observations are respected and seen as an opportunity for them to learn and search together. It is a collaborative process.
The Model facilitates integration and exchange with the Mothers’ art practice, bringing the child's development closer to art. Crucially, children learn about women's roles outside the domestic environment.
Mother House studios promote attachment and inclusion. Due to the highly creative environment the children are immersed into, they will be able to explore different ways of thinking, discovering and learning. Through print, painting, drawing, sculpting and modelling, through dance and physical movement, through pretend play, music and playing with sounds, rhythm, and rhyme. Each of these languages are valued and nurtured.
The space puts strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.
They are driven by their interests to understand and know more.
The Mother House educational team encourages collaboration, communication and exploration.
The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic space, materials and tools.
The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, multimedia resources and open-ended play opportunities.
The model provides free flow spaces where every tool and material is considered for its purpose. Every interaction evolves into a learning opportunity to help develop the child's interests.
Children and adults use open, free flowing space to find excitement and a sense of adventure, venturing into unknown but secure, creative and imaginative places to discover new things about themselves and their world.
"When children engage in first-hand experiences, their minds are as active as their bodies. By handling objects and observing things in their world, children begin to compare them. They classify and sequence objects and things, relating new information to their existing ideas of how the world works, fitting it into their schemes or ideas. When information doesn’t fit their existing ideas, they create new ones. As they do so, they are constructing their own knowledge and storing it as concepts, rules, or principles (Piaget & Inhelder, 1969)."
The adult is a mentor and guide. Our role as adults is to observe our children, listen to their questions and their stories, find out what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further. The projects are not planned in advanced, they emerge based on the child’s interests.
The Mother House studio puts emphasis on the mother - child relationship, finding harmony in sharing the mother's creative work with space for exploration and play. The radical and challenging element of the model, for both children and mothers, is reaching the balance between dependence and independence. For mothers it is about finding the ability, within a safe and inspiring space, to introduce the child to their creative practices without judgment; for the children it is about finding the ability to reach their independent (emotional) space, having their mothers close by (privileged emotional space). By developing the capacity for the children to manage attachment and organically finding this balance, we see the child’s growth and the artists' development nurtured and encouraged.
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