Are you a teacher who wants to provide a unique and creative art class to your students?
Brave Art for Youth is a dynamic mindfulness e-course that uses art and conversation to reinforce the goals and standards of Social Emotional Learning initiatives schools may have in place.
The Brave Art for Youth e-course is perfect for those who want to explore a transformational approach to cultivating mindfulness and inner well-being while supplementing their current art curriculum or life skills.
This e-course is designed to empower youth while teaching them about topics such as self-awareness and being a good friend. When combined with an intuitive approach to painting through video tutorials, you’ll see your students flourish and learn new skills that will last a lifetime.
Students over the age of 10, who want to take their drawing and painting skills to the next level, in addition to learning meditation practices, will learn abstract painting, drawing and painting the portrait, superheroes and elephants.
About the Brave Art for Youth Program
Brave Art for Youth is an arts and mindfulness program.
This means that it brings together the art of mindfulness, adventures in creativity and an easy introduction to meditation. The program is ideal for teachers who wish to introduce a tradition of SEL programs in their classrooms or who may be looking to enhance their existing programs to create deeper impact.
Brave Art for Youth is usually taught as a five lesson/three hour a day program but the e-course is completely flexible in its implementation.
There are nine components to each day’s activities so it is essential that foundational elements such as structure, support, preparedness and adult leadership be in place to ensure you can give full attention to the needs of your students. For a typical classroom size of 28 students, having two assistants or parent volunteers helping out will allow you to focus on setting up the next activity and they can help with student’s questions. Ideally, you will have volunteer parents who have some experience with use and care of the art supplies.
Students have to be there voluntarily, and they have to know what they’ve agreed to and have said “Yes”. It isn’t fun having a student resent the program and be a negative energy in the room. You have access to the course content for one year so run the program twice if you like.
Please look under the FAQ link, “How does this course work? for information on setting up the classroom to run video off of your laptop. Basically all that is required is an internet connection, laptop and a large monitor or projector set up.
When you purchase the Brave Art for Youth program, your introduction will include a “Lesson Sequence” guide, videos tutorials on “How to Run an Art Class” which includes tips on how to support creativity in your students. You will have one year access to: 5 Art video tutorials, 5 Contemplations and two newly created meditations, you will also receive PDF transcriptions from the Contemplation talks, Art demonstrations, an art supply list and a ten page “BAFY Inspirational Quotes” PDF and a “Funny Faces” images PDF.
The Brave Art Workbook Journal serves as the backbone of the program you learn that it is a private and safe place to process your feelings with drawing or writing about day-to-day experiences and is an optional buy in.
As someone who has delivered this material to students for years, I have perfected the class structure and flow and am passing that on to you, the teacher, to create maximum impact in your classroom.
The daily topics discussed and read together each day correlate to the day’s “Contemplation” video and from there, art is the tool for cultivating empowerment and a sense of fun adventure.
The Bubbles and Mountain meditations audio files can be downloaded from the Brave Art website and play whenever you or the students would like.
The Five Day Lesson Sequence
To give you an idea of what topics are covered in each lesson, I’ve broken them down for you here. Each day consists of watching: a “Contemplation” video, a meditation video, an art demonstration video and reading the correlating pages in the workbook journal. Then it is art-making time! The flexible aspect is if you can allocate 1.5 hours of art making time but if it can only be an hour, that is fine as well. Each class should include 15 minutes of cleanup followed by conversations about what was the most important thing they learned and what they liked most about their art.
Lesson #1 – Mindful Heart, Mindful Life “What is Mindfulness, We are Energy, My Body is Smart.”
In this lesson the skill-building topics are: self-reflection, meditation, self-awareness and intention setting. I introduce the concept of learning to watch in awareness all the feelings and thoughts and how sensitive their physical bodies are and how they respond to energy in their environments.
The art portion of this lesson introduces a project called “Star of Balance” in which they’ll explore abstract art effects with collage, scrapers, stamping with toilet paper rolls, bubble wrap and drips to honour and place the words that came up in the Bubbles Meditation.
Lesson #2 – Mindful Heart, Mindful Life “Kindness and Compassion”
In lesson #2, students will read about anxiety, self-kindness and making sure that we love ourselves, even on bad hair days. They’ll review a video on self-kindness and compassion and be introduced to the empowering, “Mountain Meditation.”
The art project for this lesson will be “Drawing the Self-Portrait” of which the video tutorial will be introduced. Some students may even choose to do a funny self-portrait or they have the option to just continue with their abstract art using words in the theme of self kindness. There is a ten page “BAFY Inspirational Quotes” PDF and a “Funny Faces” images PDF which they can cut and paste into their artwork at the “Cutting Station” described in the Teacher’s introduction video. These can be used for the rest of the week.
In this lesson the skill-building topics are: communication, inner-conflict resolution, setting good intentions
Lesson #3 – Mindful Heart, Mindful Life “Being Courageous when Faced With Bullying, Selfie Culture”
In lesson #3, we turn our attention to the importance of setting boundaries online and the negative consequences if one is not posting/responding responsibly and the value of self-empowerment. They’ll read about being courageous when faced with bullying and selfie culture and also watch a video on the same topic.
The art project for this lesson will be learning how to draw a Superhero. The students will learn to build up the human form by drawing loose circles, noticing shapes and using navigation points to reference from. They also have the option to just continue with their abstract art using words and quotes to cultivate empowerment and confidence.
In this lesson the skill-building topics are: Responsible decision-making, confidence, empowerment. The healing Bubbles Meditation is the meditation of the day.
Lesson #4 – Mindful Heart, Mindful Life “Communicating Heartfully”
In lesson #4, the skill-building topics will be self-management and social skills. They’ll learn more about communicating heartfully, sensitively and confidently. We’ll also watch a video titled “Mindful Communication” which will set the tone for the art project. The healing Bubbles Meditation is the meditation of the day.
The art project and art tutorial video for this lesson is learning how to “Draw and Paint Elephants.” Or they have the option to just continue with their own artwork ideas using words of confidence building.
Lesson #5 – Mindful Heart, Mindful Life “Gratitude, Setting Intentions, What Next?”
In the final lesson, we will talk about gratitude, self-management, social awareness and patience. They’ll read from the workbook on the topics of meditation, gratitude, setting intentions and determining one’s life path. They’ll also watch a contemplation video titled “Be Kind, Be Grateful.” and the meditation of the day will be the “Mountain Meditation.”
The final art video will be “Planning and Completing a Composition.” This will be the largest art project of the program as it is encouraged that they work on a 16 x 20 or so sized canvas for their “Inspiration Board.” The Art Video will help students choose harmonious colours, placing and designing sentiments, glazing, stencil making and more.
To finish up the week after clean-up, review the last page of the workbook journal titled,“What Next?” which suggests ways to take the teachings of the program into their homes.
As you can see, this program contains everything you need to facilitate a world-class art program right in your classroom.
What’s Included in the
Brave Art for Youth Program
When you purchase the program, I’ll make sure that you feel supported through the entire process.
Here’s a list of what you’ll get in the Brave Art for Youth program:
- One-year access to the online classroom
- 5 content-rich art demonstration videos including drawing and painting the portrait in acrylics
- 5 Contemplation videos
- 2 new video Meditations
- A very thorough and supportive “Teacher’s Orientation” video to help you set up and manage an art class as well as how to care and use your art supplies.
- Cost conscious suggestions for art supply purchases and fundraising ideas.
- 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-optional see below
- A detailed list of required art supplies
- 2 downloadable, 9-minute audio meditations
- 1 optional 15-minute live video chat scheduled at your convenience.
- PDF downloads of the “Star of Balance” art project, “Drawing the Portrait” and “Drawing and Painting the Elephant” art demonstrations.
- PDF downloads of Contemplation transcripts.
- 10 page PDF of inspirational quotes, music note paper, collage imagery and helpful self-expression phrases for student to use in their artwork
All of the materials listed above can be accessed through our members-only dashboard immediately after purchasing the program.
You can come back to it as often as you like to download the materials and watch the orientation videos.
Ready to Bring Brave Art for Youth
to Your Classroom?
If you’re ready to help your students learn new skills of self-awareness, discover how meditation can settle emotions and how to be good friends to themselves and each other, register for the program now.
You’ll get instant access to our members-only dashboard and you can download the materials and plan out your classes instantly.
Brave Art for Youth with the
Brave Art Workbook Journal
for 28 students
$550 plus tax
($199 – e-course one year license. The unit price on the Workbook journals is
normally $19.95 but this Teacher discount package is $12/unit, a value at $351 (includes shipping in the US.)
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if you are interested in offering this program for more than one class.
Brave Art for Youth Without the
Brave Art Workbook Journal
$299 plus tax
( E-course one year license. Art journals can be made in the classroom
by the teachers and students can even personalize them by creating their own
artwork for covers. A long armed stapler is required for assembly)
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