PATRICIA HUNTER – MCGRATH
In September 2007 Patricia Hunter McGrath became the Owner/Director/Atelierista of Blueberry Atelier, now Branches Atelier, in Santa Monica, California. From 2005 to 2007 Patricia developed the role of the atelierista at Bold Park Community School in Perth, Australia. From 1998 to 2005 she was the atelierista at Evergreen Community School where she developed an innovative approach to children’s symbolic languages. This approach invites children to explore their ideas and theories through clay, wire, paint, dance, and many other kinds materials and art forms. She also taught at The Growing Place in Santa Monica for 7 years.
Patricia is an artist and has over 18 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Patricia has taught the Reggio Emilia Class at Santa Monica College and at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Patricia graduated with a Masters degree in Human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.
Patricia consults with many schools throughout the US on how to integrate the Reggio Emilia Approach into diverse cultural and social settings. She also speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad and has visited Reggio Emilia, Italy five times. She is a contributing author of the book In the Spirit of the Atelier published by Davis Press and Insights and Inspiration from Reggio Emilia also published by Davis Press.