Saturday Art Class intervenes in government, low-income aided schools, after school programs and shelters through teaching a formally structured art based curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning, life skill development and character strengthening among children.
We teach this curriculum on Saturdays so as to not intervene with the regular academics. The curriculum is an amalgamation of life skills and social emotional learning such that every session children can practice their learnings through the process of art.
The structure of the classes ensures student interaction with our Saturday Art Class Coaches, Parent Leaders and Mentors who come from different walks of life, leading to an expanded worldview. We have been able to see a measurable behavioural change in over 4000 students in the last 2 years.
In 1997, World Health Organisation produced a publication to provide guidance on life skills education for children and adolescents in schools, in which life skills are described as promoting psychosocial competence. “Psychosocial competence is a person’s ability to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. It is a person’s ability to maintain a state of mental well-being and to demonstrate this in adaptive and positive behavior while interacting with others, his/her culture and environment”
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. *
(* As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL))