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Training Programme

Participants broaden their artistic skills, practice developing art projects for children in need of healing, learn about the human being and its imbalances and gain an understanding of the value of creative development.

The training focuses on empowering participants to be able to implement healing art classes in disadvantaged communities immediately. 

Over the years our training modules have been refined based on our learning with children and collaboration with others in the development sector.  


After completing our entry module, Early Beginnings, participants qualify to become part of our Community Art Facilitators Network.

Requirements for the completion of a module: 

1. Participation in 8 workshop sessions of 3 hours each.

2. Facilitation of learned skills with a group of at least 7 children from a vulnerable community (of the trainee’s choice)       for a minimum of 24 hours.

3. Monitoring and evaluation of community work as taught in training module/s

4. Submission of a portfolio of evidence (including learnings, lesson plans, artworks and photographic evidence).

Module/Course Descriptions:

Entry Module:
Early Beginnings

This foundation module introduces facilitators to four artistic mediums: clay, watercolour paint, free drawing and mixed media which equips them to develop lessons to grow resilience, concentration, social skills, interest in learning, confidence and fine motor skills within their own groups of beneficiaries.  Every participant will need to work with a group of children, youth or adults from a disadvantaged community to practice the new skills. The Early Beginnings module is the foundation to be trained as a Community Art Facilitator as it also covers the important topics of monitoring and evaluation, observation skills through the art process, classroom management and how to secure a flow of resources for your initiatives. This module is for all Community Art Facilitators to refine their knowledge of the basics in art facilitation.

Art in Youth Development

Youth are the leaders of the future. Through this module participants will build their capacity through peer learning and be able to share their experience of working with youth. They will learn how to engage with youth and understand more about their development stages. Personal and community leadership skills will deepen; and participants will learn how to map out their community, identify safe spaces and the assets within their community. Participants will explore their facilitator roles and get to understand healthy boundaries while working with youth. Exploring themes around abuse, self-awareness, communication, sexual identity-orientation-gender-identity (SOGI) and role modelling are also part of this module. The training stresses the importance of constant experiential learning and personal growth through art.

How to Become an Effective Mentor

This module aims to provide both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for effective mentoring, at a community level. You will receive guidance in developing the qualities of a mentor, understanding the process of mentoring, practising the tools we use for mentoring and understanding the importance of monitoring the development of mentees. The shared methodology is based on the idea of self-discovery and development for both mentor and mentee.

Creative Interaction

In this module participants discover how to form relationships between individuals in artistic group exercises for the greater good of society. Groups can bond through creative artistic interaction. Participants are given practical experience in group facilitation, how to understand group productivity, and how to read group dynamics. They are provided with the tools needed for designing and implementing activities for group problem-solving in challenging times.

Social & Emotional Learning
(Foundations for Life)

This module aims to assist adults in becoming socially and emotionally competent and self-aware. Participants learn to grow their emotional capability and assess their strengths and weaknesses while learning to generate positive emotions in order to motivate learning both within themselves as well as the children they work with. When participants have a combined competency in all eight social and emotional areas (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal-directed behaviour, responsible decision making and optimistic thinking) they are equipped with the skills to create safe classroom environments that encourage optimum social and emotional development in the children they serve.

Creating Theatre: The Healing Power of Stories

In this module, CAFs learn that we (adults and children) all have stories to express. Our cultures are filled with stories about animals and people. These stories are discovered, and we invite children to be part of it. We play games with the story. We go on an adventure into our imaginations. Together we find how the story is part of our lives. We make masks, become the characters, act, sing, dance and have fun telling the story in our own languages. We all express our emotions, connect with each other and experience the healing power of stories.


This module trains CAFs how to teach different disciplines in craft including embroidery, felting, sewing, knitting, weaving and crochet inspired by Waldorf education. The rhythmic and repetitive tasks needed in these activities are proven to have therapeutic benefits and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing. The practice of sewing increases serotonin production and increases a natural state of mindfulness. CAFs also learn the importance of craft and possible projects for children of primary school age.

How to Start a
Community Art Centre

This is a practical handbook for planning and establishing an art-based community centre. This guide provides an overview of the key aspects that would need to be considered when planning to offer art classes and/ or start an art centre to a local community. Our handbook focuses predominantly on starting an art centre as a non-profit, including some information on what to consider should it be decided to run an art centre as a profitable pursuit. This module is shared with CAF’s as an on-line self-help reference guide; and BAP programme staff are available to those who use this resource to assist and mentor them as they implement this challenging but needed activity.

Sustainability and Income Generation

This module introduces participants to the concept of generating sustainable art materials, innovating resources, while developing and celebrating your creative self. Each participant will walk away with innovative ideas on how to generate income and how to grow their individual programmes. Through this effective process, participants will discover new ways of resolving challenges and be inspired by a new way of thinking. Participants will understand the basics of business in the NGO sector and explore fundraising opportunities to enable sustainability and self-reliance relevant to their programme.  This is great workshop if you need to boost yourself and your programme to the next level. 

Art Project Design

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.

Please note: Our application process requires a Police Clearance Certificate. If you do not have one at hand, DO NOT PANIC! You are welcome to submit yours once you have been accepted into a module. Getting one is a simple process, you can apply for one at any police station.

Workshop/ Webinar Descriptions:

Paint Making

In this workshop participants will be introduced to paint making. The facilitator will share the insights to create the best quality oil, acrylic, watercolour, egg-tempera and casein paint. During the workshop participants will paint with the different mediums to get an idea of their usage and enjoy the brightness of pure paint. 

Childhood Challenges

This workshop will focus on giving participants an understanding of the factors that affect children's development and identifying children with special needs: attention deficit difficulties, learning difficulties, autistic spectrum difficulties and fetal alcohol syndrome. An artistic activity will also be done to help develop empathy and understanding for participants to better deal with challenges.  

Trauma in Childhood

This workshop is designed to explore and understand trauma, the different types that affect our country, how children respond to it and how we can best support them as facilitators. Participants will explore how distress leads to depression, working with different stages of trauma and the responses to them and which models for child-focused trauma interventions can be implemented. 


Childplay in Different Age Groups

In this workshop participants will discuss what we mean by play. Participants will look at children's play through different lenses. Participants will also look at play throughout the stages of childhood and possibly beyond! This workshop includes some experiential learning and discussions in the group as well as theoretical input. 


The Seven Year Cycles in Child Development

During 21 years from birth to adulthood a young person undergoes an enormous process of transformation and growth, unfolding through 3 seven-year stages. In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of these phases, enabling them to introduce age-appropriate artistic activities.   

Form Drawing

In this workshop participants will receive an introduction to form drawing and the importance of practicing this activity with children. Participants will explore the development of the ‘sense of movement’ to create a sense of balance and stability for children using form drawing activities.  The aim is to use tools and methods in the classroom for children aged 6 to 12, although they could be valuable for older students too.  

Remedial Storytelling

In this workshop, participants will learn about the elements of therapeutic storytelling. Stories have the ability to help with challenging behaviour and difficult situations. Participants will hear different examples of healing stories and together with the facilitator, they will create their own healing stories for the children they work with. 

Child Protection and Community Mapping

In this workshop participants will learn about community mapping, a process that brings community members together to identify available resources in their communities that can address their own needs. Throughout the workshop, participants will acquire skills that will enable them to identify all available essential services in their communities and put them together to create a useful resource map. 

Bereavement: Working Through Grief and Loss

This workshop is about making space for grief and loss, learning to understand what grief is, and what are the stages that grief brings.  This workshop will help you to understand and normalise grief and loss with more compassion. We cannot push grief away but we can treat it with kindness and acceptance 

The Fourfold Human Being

The fascinating Fourfold Nature of the human being will be discovered in this workshop. The process will help participants' understanding of the children they teach, so they can provide them with relevant healing art activities. 

Story Telling Through Clay

The workshop uses storytelling as inspiration for working with clay. The aim is to help participants to grow their sense of self-confidence as creative facilitators in the art of educating using the medium of clay and how they can use clay for their implementation with children.  

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Exhibition Mentoring Circle  

In this mentoring circle, CAFs who are interested in learning how to run their exhibitions will get an opportunity to assist the BAP team with their annual exhibition (Proposed for 23 July 2021). Participants will learn how to create a floor plan, event planning sheet, creating & curating their art collections and how to price them. They will also learn how to set up and strike down an exhibition. This mentoring circle is available to those able to commit to volunteering one day per week, to be a part of BAP’s exhibition task team starting in May 2021.  


Toy Making (therapeutic sewing)

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create Waldorf dolls and items using the art of needle and handcraft. Participants will also be provided with a presentation around sewing as a tool for therapy and learn how to create toys for their classroom spaces such as bean bags, play cloths and season table decorations.  

Entrepreneurial Activities Through Social Media

In this workshop, participants will identify and explore different platforms to sell items that are produced in classrooms spaces as income generation. This workshop will cover content around using E-commerce platforms to sell handmade items and explore crowdfunding platforms for short term projects. This workshop will also inform participants on how to use social media as a tool to market products in the classroom to generate income.  

Relationship Between Adult and Child

This workshop will focus on the relationship between adults and children. How does the small child learn what it is to be human? What is the role of imitation in the first seven years.? We will explore these questions together through artistic processes, conversations, social activities and bringing the participants insights, concerns and questions to this important topic. 

Empathy Pastel and Journaling

This workshop will use creative writing and pastel drawing processes to enable participants to look at polarities and evoke inner empathy. The participants will learn how to better understand the feelings and inner experiences of others; understanding how to practice true empathy for good relationship building and resolving conflict. 

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Project Planning Workshop

In this workshop, participants will learn how to plot their ideas for short term projects, using visuals and poster making and mapping out the activities to see the project’s success. Participants will be enabled on how to develop a project from ideation to implementation and execution of tasks using tested tools within the Butterfly Art Project.  

Interactive Relief

Discover printmaking in a fun way. Participants will explore the sacred geometry found in nature and how to integrate various printmaking techniques. These include collages, stencils, found objects, mono-printing, recycled materials and woodblocks. 

12 Senses in Child Development

Participants will be introduced to the 12 Senses according to Rudolph Steiner’s lectures and studies. They will develop tools to understand and work towards re-balancing traumatised children through appropriate artistic exercises.