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In 1964, Elwyn Richardson’s seminal and inspiring book, In The Early World: Discovering Art Through Craft, was published in New Zealand. This book, based on his innovative teaching in a rural school in New Zealand, profoundly impacted many of us interested in finding new ways to bring the arts, sciences, and imaginative experiences into an integrative curriculum based on children’s innate desire to explore the natural world.

And now, scholar and writer Margaret MacDonald, has just published Elwyn Richardson and the Early World of Creative Education in New Zealand.  It is an insightful and moving book describing how Richardson developed his innovative approach and why, at this particular time in education, his visionary work is more important than ever. With this in mind, the Center is planning an informal conversation with Ms. MacDonald when she visits New York City in July. Information about her book can be found here, as well as on Amazon.
I am pleased to announce that the Center’s travelling exhibit, Art Inspires Art: How Does a Bird Imagine, What Does a Tree Know? can now be seen in the Children’s Room at the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library until June 1st, 2016.  On Thursday, March 3rd at 4 PM, I will be giving an art and writing workshop for children, in conjunction with teaching-artist Kathy Creutzburg—whose artful banners of children’s writings and interactive sculptures are a central part of the exhibit.
In closing, I thought some of you might be interested in The First Dot Was the Dinosaurs, a poster-booklet originally created by the Center as one of its first publications in 1975. It is based on a series of workshops for children, ages 5-13, given by the Center at the Children's Community Workshop School in New York City. You can print the poster and make your own copy of its fanciful dinosaur characters and history.

Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

Photograph from Touchstone Center Archives
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