Art, Creativity, Empowerment, Self-Care and Self-Confidence
For Ohlone Elementary School students in 1st through 5th grade.
The ROAR Art and Empowerment after school program combines super fun, age appropriate self-awareness and self-confidence building with art exploration. We practice our animal-ninja skills while exploring the link between joyful curiosity and observational skills (being aware of your surroundings) and art making, mindfulness and creativity.
Schedule for the 2017-2018 school year: Start date, August 22nd (the second week of school), then every Tuesdays 2:40 – 5:00 pm meeting after school at Ohlone Elementary School and ending at Henry W. Seal Park 5:00pm (Palo Alto).
Awareness exercises include:
Between the start date and the end of the year we will cover safe, low-impact self-defense and awareness exercise including the following from the ROAR (self-defense) workshop:
- Observational skills – Being “watchful like an eagle” and “alert like a wolf “.
- Agility – being “agile like a ninja” with the ready stance, claiming personal space, rolling, falling, getting up.
- Claiming personal space when needed and clearly defining boundaries.
- Practicing FUN self-defense techniques to engender confidence with voice and movement – “kicking like a kangaroo”, “clawing like a tiger”, “roaring like a lion”, “running like a cheetah”, and understand the importance of reporting in detail to a trusted adult.
Art activities include:
- Observational “plein air” drawing + field book drawing + and keeping a visual diary
- Shading/ learning about light and shadows
- Color theory (specifically how do colors work together)
- Seeing what mediums can do! Experimenting with a combination of different non-toxic mediums (acrylic, ink, water, spices, dirt, nature, etc.)
- Card making
- Drawing games
- Collaborative projects
*All art activities will be experimental and fun in order to engender curiosity and foster means of creative inquiry. All children will be provided with a visual diary/ field journal.
Mindfulness exercises, reading and discussion, listening to music and dancing