Art Project Designs
In our art project design series, we provide you with an 8 session curriculum overview and lesson plans. These art projects had been designed for 1, 5 hours each according to the Butterfly Art Project Method (BAP). These are teaching guidelines developed by BAP for art therapeutic children projects in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. Each art project design is free and available for download.
Dogs and Cats Collage Project
For children aged 9 years and above
Pets are important friends and mood stabilizers for many humans. The Collage Animal Art Project encourages an appreciation for domestic animals and fosters care for all animals we share the planet with. This appreciation leads to gratitude for the companionship and beauty pets add to the world.
The art project gives the opportunity to practice skills in large scale mixed media work using crayons, ink, oil pastels, watercolour, podge and scissors. Observation skills are taught by working from picture
references of animal faces. Composition in art gets practised by placing collage pieces together, fitting yes and mouth to a face, by deciding on colour ranges.
The Gratitude Project
For children from the age of 8 years
Gratitude is the beginning of the development of morality in a child. The practice of gratitude also builds resilience and grows coping mechanisms which are needed in difficult and traumatic times. It enables us to endure and grow immunity to negative circumstances.
This art project was designed to grow gratitude in children from 8 years on for their well-being. The exploration of their own feelings of gratitude through guided art activities and gratitude practice exercises will give them an opportunity to grow stability, sound values, goals, mature traits, beliefs and a sense of purpose with non-verbal media. Each child will learn skills in fabric painting, hand sewing, embroidery and other forms of needlework.