The Common Ground Nature Collective
"A year indoors is a journey along a paper calendar. A year in outer nature is the accomplishment of a tremendous ritual." -Henry Beston
diana fedora tucci
founder/forest school practitioner/atelierista
Diana is a passionate educator that brings her diverse background, years of experience and excellence in working with children and their families, schools and colleagues to her current position as founder of the Tinder Forest Nature School.
Diana graduated from the University of Toronto with honours from the Fine Arts and Art History programs and has continued to place learning through the arts at the core of her teaching ethos. She is educated in the Reggio Emilia Project Approach to learning and finds connections from this approach to the architect, Simon Nicholson's theory of loose parts within her practice. She is a certified early years Montessori directress and a Forest School Practitioner currently completing her certification through Forest School Canada. Through continual research and theory building Diana's practice continues to be informed within and beyond these five pedagogical approaches .
Diana's keen interests remain in the domain of play and specifically over the years in the observation of how play and learning unfold through the peeling-back and shifting of the educational environment, the space of the studio, and the way in which educators and care givers collaborate to support children's learning.
Diana is a naturalist, an outdoor enthusiast, a champion of outdoor play, and an advocate for child-directed, place-based, inquiry-based, experiential learning environments where play is the vehicle to learning. She has established successful play-based programs in museums, for child and family programs, child care centres, privately owned school kindergartens, elementary schools, within community spaces, and continues her work outdoors on local, privately owned land in Ontario, Canada.
Diana is a practicing artist and maker who works with a variety of materials but her current muses are wood, fiber, paper and a healthy obsession with how tools extend our thoughts into the world creating vibrant feedback loops through InterplayInSitu, the interplay between brains, tools, technology, human, nonhumans, and matter/material/environment in situ. This has inspired her to launch her new toolery shop, Attrezzi. With the creation of this shop, Diana hopes to open a space for animated discussions and debates around the wonder-filled world of tools and messing-about with ideas around the 'is'ness of tools.
Diana's work with children over the past twenty years has developed into a passionate pursuit around ideas of creativity and originality. Her vision of the future of early learning lies in the shifting of roles between child, educator, and the environments in which children play and learn. She is the creator of SlowMaterials which embrace an ethos of whole and slow and the converging strands of logic and the creative arts. She hopes to continue her studies to this end.