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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course geared towards?
If you are a teacher, homeschooling parent or artist who wants to explore a transformational approach to cultivating mindfulness and inner well-being while enormously supplementing your art curriculum or skills, this course is perfect for you.

This course empowers youth  teaching about topics such as self-awareness and being a good friend plus an intuitive approach to painting with video tutorials to improve drawing skills.

Young artists who in addition to learning meditation practices want to take their drawing and painting skills to the next level will also learn a lot from this program — especially if they have an interest in both abstract painting and drawing and painting the portrait. The contemplations are extremely valuable to anyone over the age of 10.

How does the Institutional course work?
Please go to the “Institutional package” link for special subscription prices and features.

Once registered, you’ll receive a login to access each day’s content on a private website (with one year access) The program is designed to run for five days plus the “Teacher’s Orientation” module.

All that is required is an internet connection, laptop and a large monitor or projector set up.

The five day course includes:

  • One year access to the online classroom
  • 5 content rich art demonstration videos including drawing and painting the portrait in acrylics
  • 5 Contemplation Chats
  • A very thorough and supportive “Teacher’s Orientation” video to help set up and manage an art class and the art supplies.
  • Cost conscious suggestions for art supply purchases.
  • An “Inspirational Artwork” video to help students see what other artists have done in this program to help them get ideas.
  • A Brave Art workbook journal for each student
  • A detailed list of required art supplies
  • 2 downloadable, 5-minute audio meditations
  • 1 optional 15 minute live call scheduled at your convenience
  • PDF downloads of inspirational quotes, music note paper, collage imagery and helpful self-expression phrases for students to use in their artwork
  • PDF downloads of artwork ideas to hang up in the classroom for opening up new ideas for creative possibilities.
  • PDF downloads of art demonstrations
  • PDF downloads of contemplation transcripts
How much is it and how do I register?
If you represent a school district, please go to the “Institutional package” link for special subscription prices and features here.

If you are an individual artist or a homeschooling parent Register for the course here.

How much are art supplies for a classroom?
Will I learn a lot of new painting techniques in this course?
I will demonstrate many experimental ways to make cool abstract effects without using expensive art supplies plus special video tutorials on “How to Draw the Portrait”, “How to Draw and Paint Elephants”, “How to Draw Super Heroes” are all included. This course emphasizes a free-spirited and adventurous approach to painting which encourages you to allow for happy mistakes and also provides tips on how to fix them.
Do I have any direct contact with you?
Only the “Institutional” course purchase of Brave Art for Youth includes an optional 15 minute chat either privately or with the whole class. Live chats are facilitated via Skype or FaceTime. All that is required is an internet connection, laptop and a large monitor or projector set up.
I have never taken an online class before. How does it work?
You will have one year to work through the course material so you can work at your own pace or review with students again. You will receive access to all the course material when you sign up. You will need to have:

  • Access to high speed internet
  • E-mail
  • Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Internal or external computer speakers
  • A large projector screen and that hooks up to your computer
  • Online courses do not include technical support for computers and hardware
  • Laptop, tablet, desktop or phone with a camera
  • Order includes a “Brave Art for Youth” workbook journal which you will receive in the mail.
What if I have issues playing back video?
If you’re having trouble viewing a video on the site:

  • Try turning off HD.
  • Web-browser issues: Some browsers may not support the Vimeo player. (Older versions of Firefox and Internet-Explorer seem to be problematic). Try launching the classroom in a different Browser: we’re finding Chrome and Safari to be the most stable.
  • Full-screen: Click on the four tiny arrows next to the logo to watch the video in fullscreen. You can use the escape button to return to the post.

If problems persist, please contact us, and we’ll get back to you asap.

The Brave Art for Youth website was designed from the ground up to be viewable on a wide range of devices. This includes desktops, phones and tablets. However, there are some limitations.

If you’re experiencing issues with how the e-Course, or any other part of the site is looking and working, try to update to the newest version your hardware can support and if that doesn’t resolve the issue on your mobile device, desktop or tablet, or if something just doesn’t seem quite right, then please contact us.

How much physical space will I need?
For teachers, you will need a dedicated room that has full desk space for each student and hopefully a nearby sink with running water to facilitate cleanup. As you will see in the orientation video and photo gallery, the art supplies and cutting table need a few tables of their own.

For artists, just a dedicated table with access to a sink will suffice.

How do I access the course material?
To access the course, please log into the Brave Art for Youth Classroom by entering the username and password (generated when you purchased the course) into the Log-In Area at the top of my website.

Once you are logged in, you can access the course at any time by clicking your name at the top of the site. If you wish to change your password at any time, please visit:

All of the course material will be available to view online as soon as you purchase the course.

How in-depth is the teacher’s Orientation module? Do I need art experience to lead an art class?
A lot of thought and care has gone into the content of the first module to give you a thorough introduction to the art supplies, their care, use and work station layout. Managing a room full of art students can be easy if everyone knows how to properly take care of their work station and help with cleanup adn the students also get a video chat on caring for the art supplies. As for the creative process, I talk about what how to facilitate creativity and how to talk to students that are feeling frustrated with their art. All you need to do is be there with your best of intentions and have some assistants in the classroom that know the lesson sequence to help facilitate easy transitions.
What art supplies will I need?
Please see the Materials Page for more information on the materials you will need for the class. Please note that materials are not included in the cost of the course. If you find the canvases and paint expensive, there are many other options you could try. Paints come in many different brands, sizes and prices. Please buy paint according to your budget.

This website also helps schools create artful products that can be used in fund-raising efforts.

For homeschooling parents, there is this option too:

How much time will the students need?
The program is designed to run for five, 2-hour segments which can be scheduled to what works for the teacher. All of the art demonstration, contemplation and meditation videos will run for 20-30 minutes a day with the rest of the class time reserved for art making. It would be great if they could run on consecutive days to keep up the creative momentum and flow.
Will there be video transcripts?
There will only be video transcripts of the Contemplations.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Yes! Please check out our Affiliate Program here. We would love to have you join us in spreading the good word about Brave Art for Youth.
How do you make prints of your artwork?
  1. I photograph my original art piece with my Nikon D90.
  2. I might make a few adjustments in Photoshop depending on how the scan/ photo came out. The colour tones and brightness I adjust in Photoshop.  Make sure to have your monitor/ screen CALIBRATED. The colours you see on your screen are sometimes not what your printer / Photoshop thinks they are. So, you may have adjusted a whole lot only to find out that the print comes out much darker than you had it on the screen.
  3. I print my prints at Office Depot. I have a good printer at home but they just turn out better there. They only charge around $1.00 max each and I request on medium heavy stock, glossy paper 8.5 x 11.
  4. Sending/ shipping. I send my print in a protective cellophane sleeve protected by a thick piece of cardboard and an A4 envelope.
  5. I include a colourful label on my print packages. I get my ordered over whose quality is superb.