Norval Foundation’s Education Programme aims to ensure that every child, whether homeschooled or attending private or public school, visits the Norval Foundation at least once in their primary school or high school careers.
Research has shown that children who have been exposed to art are imparted with values such as sharing and perseverance, able to improve motor skills and create art that they are proud of, which improves their self-esteem. It also better prepares children for honing critical thinking skills, which improves their academic performance.
The first of these programmes is a one and a half hour comprehensive walkabout of the exhibitions on display for learners. Topics discussed are linked to CAPS and integrate various subjects such as history and language. Learners receive an educational resource with additional information and activities to complete during the tour or back at school. They can also enjoy their lunch in the Sculpture Garden’s amphitheatre.
Every month Norval hosts additional workshops which relate to their exhibitions. Workshops include sketching sessions, kids museum tours, and arts and crafts.
Finally, Norval’s Youth Outreach education Programme is committed to making quality art education accessible. They aim to establish relationships with community leaders and schools in surrounding communities. Their outreach also arranges outings for schools in surrounding communities including transport, snacks, tours and art activities and aims to accommodate 400-600 learners per month.
Norval also aims to facilitate teacher training workshops to improve their art education practice and host afternoon holiday workshops with NGOs working with children.