Art is a diverse range of human activity and its resulting product that involves creative or imaginative talent that expresses technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas. Art is defined as something created with imagination and skill that is beautiful or expresses significant ideas or feelings.
Why not have your art while also teaching it? You get the best of both worlds in this program because you can share your skills while also learning from others!
If you are passionate about art and design, this is the program for you. This is the best opportunity because you can give and receive at the same time. You will share your artistic talents with local Ghanaian children before switching roles to become a student and learn from local Ghanaian artisans. Talk about a win-win situation!
In most cases, you can select the age group with which you want to work. You can create a syllabus for your class, decide what the goal of your time together will be, and then walk them through the steps to achieving those goals. With your encouragement and guidance, they may even be able to hold an exhibition to showcase their work. Overall, this enriching experience can help them gain confidence in their own skills and abilities, as well as give them the push they need to pursue their artistic dreams. You will be contributing to the growth of that spark! The added benefit is that as they learn from you, you will learn from them as well. All participants will be able to form a one-of-a-kind bond as a result of this program, which is a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange.
Another fantastic aspect of this program is that you will be able to see local art and learn from local artisans who are creating a diverse range of art and design pieces. Everything from batik on clothing and scarves to jewelry design, painting, photography, screen printing, sculpture, and wood carving. The best part is that you will be able to do some hands-on, experiential learning. Discussions about the creative process will likely result in a greater understanding and appreciation for the unique and stylistic qualities of African art. That additional knowledge may allow you to compare and contrast it with some Western-style art you are already familiar with.
It should be noted that time spent with local artists is subject to their availability. Keep in mind that any additional materials (brushes, canvas, paint, etc.) required for your participation may incur additional costs.
Please be advised that the daily transportation costs to and from your program are not included and must therefore be paid by yourself throughout the course of your stay. Those costs may range from 2 – 5 Euros per day.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the artistic and creative expression of local children and yourself
- Broaden cultural interactions through learning and idea exchange
- Gain valuable and practical teaching experience.
- Expand your knowledge of local customs, history, art and culture
There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.
Monday to Friday
Your actual schedule may vary depending on the availability of local artisans and the specific art club you will be working with. As a participant in the Art and Design program, you can expect your day to include activities such as:
- Breakfast at your accommodation. Lunch will be served at your accommodation, or you may be able to bring a bag lunch with you, depending on your schedule. Dinner will be served at your accommodation each night.
- Using the syllabus you developed to incorporate art elements into the lives of young people whose exposure to art may be limited due to resource constraints and school curricula with few related options
- Acting as a teacher and mentor to keep the projects of the young artists on track.
- Using your skill and expertise to guide and encourage them as they prepare their work for exhibition.
- Engaging with local artisans to learn about specific aspects of their crafts, as well as the history and culture of African art
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
This program starts every week.
This program starts every week.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 65
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in the program, certain measures have been put in place, particularly for specific age groups. Those who are older are required to obtain medical clearance, as this acts as a precautionary measure to ascertain their physical ability to partake in potentially strenuous activities. Similarly, participants who are under 18 years old must have a signed parental consent form, as this guarantees that their parents or guardians are aware of their involvement and approve of their participation.
- Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.
- It is required that you have a yellow fever vaccination and obtain a certificate as proof. You may be asked to produce this certificate at the point of entry into Ghana, and you can be refused entry if you don’t have one. There may be other vaccine recommendations listed that you want/need to get before starting. Other vaccines to consider: diphtheria, Hepatitis B; Meningococcal meningitis, rabies, and typhoid. Selectively advised vaccines – only for those individuals at highest risk: Cholera
There are no further requirements for this program.
- Art materials