The Hustle and HeArt workshop is an art and empathy experience designed for middle school students. It introduces art as a pathway to express how to perceive and understand Kindness. Hustle and HeArt is one day, grade level workshop using art for self expression, along with community awareness and, of course, Kindness.
It’s purpose is to dig a little deeper about what the Hustle is all about, and what actually defines Kindness.
All art projects will stay with the school as gentle reminders. We may not have all the answers, but we have to start somewhere and we can accomplish this by meeting young people on their own turf and beginning conversations, with understanding . . . and some paint.
Research shows that 1 in 4 students say they have been bullied in school, with most bullying occurring in middle school. Bullying affects all students: those who are bullied, those doing the bullying and those who observe bullying going on. However, the good news is that studies also show that bystanders who intervene on behalf of young people being bullied make a huge difference. When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57% of the time. More research has indicated that the jump to middle school can be a painful transition for many students, at a time when they may have difficulty communicating their needs to others. Again, there is a bright side in that studies have also shown that using art can provide children/teens an easier way to express themselves. Many times art can be a more viable solution to sharing one’s feelings than simply talking to someone.
We, here at Peach’s Neet Feet, wanted to help schools find a way to use art to create positive and successful schools that embody kindness. Schools that will help nurture more bystanders, and create cultures of respect, empathy and compassion.
We created the Hustle & HeArt workshops to:
- Give tangible examples on how students can Hustle Kindness®
- Open up avenues of self-reflection for students
- Provide emotional support through art and creative processes
- Get students involved, and take ownership, in how their school can promote kindness
Workshops will be broken down by grades. Each grade will come together for a 15-minute presentation, by Madison Peach Steiner. Then the students will break out to work on 5 different kindness based art stations. Workshops, for each grade group, will be 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.
The end result will be using art to create a school culture that values kindness and social/emotional success as well as academic success.
If interested in this one day workshop please contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org for cost and scheduling.