Mentoring offers guidance to BAP-trained participants in developing their art therapeutic skills. The mentoring process includes support to trainees as they implement learnings in their teaching spaces. Mentors provide encouragement that motivates CAFs to complete our training requirements. Mentors are accessible to CAFs so they can learn skills to navigate and facilitate through crisis and offer psycho-social support to traumatised children and youth. BAP offers further support by providing implementation time at its Art Centre, Vrygrond (affectionately known as Heart for Art) where they are capacitated through on-hand experience while learning classroom structure, discipline and the developmental stages of children.
These predominantly take place via one-on-one sessions, telephonically, on site visits or in personal meetings at BAP venues. Mentors support CAFs with their:
Orientation in the CAF curriculum
Portfolios of Evidence (POE completion
Difficult child cases
Challenges around resource mobilisation
Development of their organisations/initiatives
Weekly creative sessions with a qualified art facilitator who guides, mentors and assists CAFs with finding their inner artist and building their resilience through doing art. CAFs explore art mediums to be able to serve children more effectively because they better understand the nature of different mediums, their healing power, their limitations and what medium to offer for which soul challenge. This experience grows knowledge and the healer’s intuition which builds confidence to apply art therapeutic methods when teaching vulnerable and wounded children.
Exhibition Mentoring Circle
Our annual exhibitions are curated public collections of artwork from CAF beneficiary children and the CAFs themselves who have participated in our artist hubs. These exhibitions provide learning opportunities for a group of interested CAFs in the skills of event creation and planning, hanging, hosting and all other nuances for running a successful public art event.
The main purpose of these mentoring circles is to empower them to be able to create their own exhibitions/public events showcasing the work of their beneficiaries, even being a possible resource mobilisation vehicle.
Building the capacity of staff, faculty members and CAFs through a gathering to experience anthroposophy and its implementation. The conference teaches skills that improve adults’ work practice with children.
Implementation at Heart for Art
BAP offers holistic mentoring support to CAFs by providing them with implementation opportunities at its art centre. Here is where CAFs are capacitated through on-hand experience while learning classroom structure, discipline and the developmental stages of children. CAFs have experiential learning of the teaching methodologies gained through our training with the support of qualified and experienced project leaders and lesson implementors. They can implement classes with local children and test their learnings.
Through Heart for Art hundreds of children (every week) are provided with a sense of belonging and opportunities to develop their life and social skills in order for them to stabilise. Our child art classes are an average of 1,5 hours each.
Child Case Study Hub
These workshops are offered throughout the year where participants can grow skills in reading children’s drawings/artworks using Goethean observation techniques to identify the future needs of each individual child. These hubs provide opportunities for peers to engage about effective ways of working with their beneficiaries. These hubs equip participants with skills needed for identifying and working with problematic and traumatized children.
Art Project Design Hub
Art projects are developed by staff and CAFs who work with children. In these hubs CAFs present their art project ideas to peers and a mentor to discuss its structure, logic, relevance and healing effect. Art projects are split in 8 lessons which are described in an overview table stating title of lesson, main activities, objectives and materials needed. Outstanding art projects are professionally designed and loaded to BAP’s website for educators around the world to use or be inspired by for their own lesson plan development processes.
CAFs partner with BAP to establish their community-based organisations/initiatives and implement healing art classes in sustainable ways.
These CAFs participate in intensive coaching circles which are deep reflection and learning spaces, facilitated by professional coaches and mentors.