Heart For Art
Art Centre Vrygrond
The Heart for Art Project is based at our Art Centre in Vrygrond. Heart for Art, is an extra-curricular programme offered to children, providing them with a sense of belonging and opportunities to develop life and social skills. Classes are throughout the week in 1 to 2-hour sessions, over 32 weeks. Heart for Art also runs community classes (Love Bugs) for children who have not been enrolled in schools or any formal educational institutions. These children are offered classes three mornings per week.
A diverse group of learners that aims at learning everything wool and knitting related. from knitting full-size toys, garments and products, this group teaches learners fine motor skills, patience and combines their left and right brains by developing their cognitive mindset with their creative mindset.
Our pottery classes offer learners to develop artistic skills in pottery painting
These classes include Wheelwork and Handwork, Functional ware, Ornamental and Sculptural products, Painting and glazing, Bisc and glaze firing, Slip casting and Drip moulding
This group of just over 40 learners are taught art in two different groups that emphasizes on specific themes such as recreating popular art forms from all the countries around the world!
A group of young energetic kids from grade 5 and 6 who explore their creativity through different art practices. This group specifically was formed due to the need to get our building more active on a Friday Afternoon due to the school schedule that closes earlier than usual.
Our Handcraft group focuses the practices of creativity through creating crafts that are often usable, pragmatic solutions. Often items created are either to help improve the lives of the kids or simply to add beauty to their lives at home.
In collaboration with Right Mukore's Wood sculpture workshop at the Montebello Design Centre, we have established weekly trips where our learners develop wood carving skills, strengthens fine motor skills, 3D design and sculpture, shapes, concentration, environmental awareness and working with natural materials.
Schools in neighbouring communities
We have established teaching and learning partnerships with schools in communities suffering from similar social challenges. We see this as an exchange of learning in order to better understand their challenges and observe their best practice in overcoming these while we share our experience over the past years.
This is a group of high school learners (aged 13 – 18) who are interested in and have an affinity for art but whose schools do not provide arts related opportunities. Through these classes we provide a space, materials and art therapeutic facilitation to help them explore and develop their artistic ability.
This is a group of children who have been denied the opportunity to go to school. Through this class, we offer as space for these children from the Vrygrond community to have some exposure to art activities and learning, using art therapeutic and emergency pedagogy elements in these lessons. Through these art activities (which also includes free play, art making and story time), we teach the children various skills to assist them in developing aptitudes to better deal with the daily challenges they face.
Our sewing group covers a set of grade 5, 6 and 7 children that acquire skills in hand stitching, sewing (domestic machine) and basic sewing skills that children can implement within their own homes. These classes aim to address learner’s improvements in technique, fine motor skills, patience, problem-solving, cognitive thinking and creativity. Sewing Masters focuses on sewing and creating items using forms that gravitate toward fabric painting, embroidery and simple hand sewing techniques to create flower motifs and other sewing products.
A more matured group catering toward Grade 6 and 7’s, that follow the Community Art Facilitators curriculum. This curriculum focuses on gaining insight into the history of art and proposes to widen participants’ own artistic skills and applies exercises for individual creative development.
This group (aged 6 and 7) are our “incubating artists” where we focus on developing fine motor skills and unlocking their art abilities and creativity through simple artworks which helps identify where their talents may lie.