Bruno Munari (October 24, 1907, Milan – September 30, 1998, Milan) was an Italian artist, designer, and inventor who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design) in modernism, futurism, and concrete art, and in non-visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, didactic method, movement, tactile learning, kinaesthetic learning, and creativity. The three rules of Munari’s approach have always been to know, to understand and to communicate, whether the subjects are related to art, design or planning a project.
At Oh Art! we are inspired by this amazing man, who contributed to the enrichment of children’s lives. In a recent article published by ITALIANS London Style magazine (Sept 2015), they interviewed Munari’s son, Alberto Munari, where he shares: “One wintry evening, my father confided to me: Amongst all the things I that have done, I would like the workshops for children to be preserved“. Below you have a brief explanation of his method. You can adopt this philosophy and support your child’s creativity and see your child shine!
Bruno Munari’s method Playing with Art:
The method is based originally on the principles of “Active Discovery Learning” developed by psychologist Jean Piaget and followed by physician and educator Maria Montessori. At the heart of Bruno Munari Method is the didactic principle of “non dire cosa fare ma come” (do not say what to do, but how) which is at the centre of Montessori’s philosophy as well.
The Bruno Munari Method calls for experimentation, researching and discovering autonomously. It is a method “in progress”, because it intends to leave plenty of room for creative action; this is the reason it was originally called Giocare con l’Arte (Playing with Art). It fosters the idea of “to do in order to understand” and it comprises three subsequent actions: observe, make and reflect on the making.