Invited Speakers

Laura Magnavacchi

Laura Magnavacchi is an Artist, Atelierista, Early Childhood Educator and Pedagogical Consultant from Italy.

She worked 3 years in Italy where she experienced Reggio Children pre-schools developing an interest in the Atelier (art studio) and the role of Atelierista (artist who works alongside children).

She then worked 4 years as Atelierista and Forest School Leader at Reflections Nursery in the UK where her passion lay in outdoor learning and the relationship between art, nature and education.

She is currently working in New Zealand as Atelierista and Pedagogical Consultant.

Laura has a degree in Education, a degree in Fine Art and qualifications as Forest School Leader and Designer. Her current research interest is in how early education is developing, especially through creative languages, in different contexts around the world.

Laura is co-author/graphic designer of books for children and educators such as Storying, The Fire Monster, The Revolutionary Baby, From Bacteria to Galaxies and Homely. Her art practice includes painting with mixed media, etching and photography. She is interested in the relationship between opposite but connected concepts that can live together through art, especially the dialogue between light and dark and different material.

Her own art work has been selected for exhibitions in Italy.