The Gratitude Project:
This year the theme of our bonus module is gratitude and the importance of teaching gratitude to vulnerable and at risk children/youth. This module focuses on training facilitators in sewing, embroidery, fabric painting and mixed media over 4 sessions of 3 hours each. All participants as well as their beneficiaries will depict what they are most grateful for on fabric using their newly acquired skills which will then be transformed into a “gratitude blanket”; an artwork that combines pieces from each individual child to create one big art work that will be showcased at our annual exhibition alongside a prize giving ceremony.
The materials and training is absolutely free, however we hope to work with participants that will implement the training’s in communities of their choice with a minimum of 12 children/youth and submit the artworks they create by the end of June.
Butterfly Art Project uses art as a medium to counteract the effects of immense social challenges on children. The challenges they face (particularly in South Africa) destabilize and traumatize them, threatening their childhood development. Research shows that gratitude or gratefulness leads to more positive relationships with others, it improves physical health, improves psychological health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression. It also allows one to sleep better, improves self-esteem and increases mental strength.
Attached is the curriculum overview of what will be covered and all the available classes.