ArtEsteem students are propelled to see themselves differently, internally/personally as well as in relation to the issues of the world, and they are encouraged to experience themselves as active change agents. Participants can become more able to self manage, make positive choices, and exercise awareness and kindness with self and others. ArtEsteem invites participants to feel powerful in helpful, beautiful, and productive ways instead of feeling and acting worthless, powerless, or out of control.
Art Classes for Children and Youth
During and after-school Visual Art, Cultural Arts (rhythm and sound), and Fashion Design classes combine Attitudinal Healing concepts, art instruction, and classroom-management tools in an art integrated curriculum linked to the State of California Academic Content Standards.
The Visual Arts class provides a multi-disciplinary curriculum that takes children/youth through a journey of self-exploration, critical thinking, family and cultural research, societal assessment, and the use of aesthetic tools for skill development and artistic creation. Students learn, but are not limited to, basic drawing, printmaking, and painting techniques. This year ArtEsteem introduced the Digital Media class as an introduction to storytelling with media, featuring digital media tools and techniques. This class allows students to create short stories based on their interests and experiences. Students deliver the story in digital format, using text, graphics, audio, video, animation, and interactivity. Students learn about digital media applications, fundamentals, and issues relating to the use of digital media.