In our art project design series, we provide you with an 8 session curriculum overview and lesson plans. These art projects have 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.

Art Project Designs 

Everything is connected!

For children aged 7 years and above

Everything looks diverse, but everything is connected. Everything nurtures something else. Showing different connections between humans, and the natural world using stories and subsequent artworks will help children understand that diversity is necessary and exists everywhere around us. It is part of our whole universe. Altogether it makes the whole.

Through understanding our connection to all things, children can be brought to the beginnings of understanding the values of empathy and gentleness in their daily lives and how there are many different viewpoints, all needing to be explored and respected. How people can work together and how people and nature can be in harmony.

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.

Flushed Away


A local high school felt that their detention classes were not proving effective. They were punitive but not reformative. They also identified that the cleanliness of the school toilets was hard to maintain as the learners do not take responsibility for this space.The project consists of personal smaller paintings and a group mural on the toilet walls for which the toilets and walls need to be cleaned and prepared.


Every session is designed for 2hr with a small break in between. The following art project aims to address lack of self-respect, lack of cleanliness, lack of responsibility and the lack of understanding of consequence. 

More Art Project Designs to be released in the course of this year

Find us

Art Centre Vrygrond

1115 Vrygrond Ave. Vrygrond 7945

at Capricorn Primary School                                         


Community Art Facilitator Training Studio

192 Main Road, Muizenberg, 7950

At Casa Labia (Garden Courtyard)

B-BBEE status Level 1

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