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We deliver Social & Emotional Learning to children from low income communities in India, through the process of Art.

Saturday Art Class

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Saturday Art Class is a not-for-profit social organization operating in the education sector. It is a school-based intervention, working towards socially and emotionally empowering children from low-income communities; by taking them through a process of creative exploration and expression as a means to facilitate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) integrated with Art
Chhavi Khandelwal, Co-founder, Saturday Art Class
It's about time we build a sense of ownership in children for their creation. At Saturday Art Class, the first phrase we teach every child is : "I AM IMPORTANT, HENCE WHAT I CREATE IS IMPORTANT."

Chhavi Khandelwal, Co-founder, Saturday Art Class

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Creatively empowering children through social emotional learning and art.

Our Mission

Creatively empower children within and in the world around them.

Our Approach

We inculcate social-emotional learning into schools and organisations that serve children from low-income backgrounds and create safe spaces for expression by engaging children in a process of creative exploration through Art.

The problem Saturday Art Class is trying to solve

115 million of 380 million children around the world live in extreme poverty, 30% of them live in India. These children are 'at risk' due to the intersectional effects of poverty that act as a deterrent in the child’s ability to thrive.

Schools that cater to these communities teach basic academic knowledge, but do not address their creative, social and emotional learning needs. These children struggle for access to basic necessities including an education that prepares them for a life beyond basic survival. There exists a lack of emphasis on building critical, Social Emotional skills in the formative years of schooling. 

This is where Saturday Art Class steps in, fostering a growth mindset and related skills that can equip children to help lift their families and communities out of this vicious cycle and contribute towards the progress of the nation.

Our Solution

We provide spaces to these children to nurture their childhood, their dreams, their expressions and build critical life long skills. 

  • We provide vulnerable children with Social Emotional skills that can help them understand and manage their emotions and stressors.
  • We create safe spaces for creative exploration and expression through the medium of art.
  • We embed Social Emotional Learning within the school system.



Impact we helped create from 2017-2021 

  • 5,500+ Students have been impacted through our school interventions on ground.
  • 46 Partnerships initiated that implement our programs.
  • 1,300+ Volunteers sensitized and trained in alignment with the Social Emotional Learning and Art.
  • 80,100 Children across India have accessed our digital open resources that we developed during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

How does Social Emotional Learning cater to Holistic Education?

The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) underscores the importance of SEL to ensure holistic development of children and states that the education system must aim to “develop good human beings capable of rational thought and action, possessing compassion and empathy”.

However, SEL has remained largely un-recognized in the Indian education ecosystem.; its correlation with systematic influences on short- and long-term student outcomes including reduced emotional distress, increased academic performance, increased rates of high school completion, improved mental health, and more engaged citizenship catering to holistic development of the child.

How do we ensure Saturday Art Class students receive holistic education?

Saturday Art Class aims to fill this void by providing safe-spaces to children to nurture their childhood, their dreams, their expressions and build critical lifelong skills while they learn about global artists and art forms. This can help them understand and manage their emotions and stressors. We embed Social Emotional learning within the low-income school systems in India with help of arts integration.

Our response to the global COVID-19 Pandemic 

Relief and Recovery during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Saturday Art Class launched the Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Program in March 2020, which was essentially launched as a way to combat the challenges our communities were facing due to the outbreak of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

  • Our Champions Project & COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser Campaign (April 2020- September 2020) : The financial ramifications of the lockdown left our students and their families without basic food supplies. Our focus was to take on Relief, by ensuring the supply of daily food essentials to families in need. We raised funds through a volunteer driven fundraising programme, called the Saturday Art Class Champions Project. The idea behind the project was to leverage community participation and teamwork to effectively work towards a solution for a larger problem. It enabled young leaders from diverse backgrounds to support Saturday Art Class’ Relief and Recovery efforts by raising funds through hosting individual crowdfunding platforms. 

Here are some of the impact numbers that we documented through this programme :

  • INR 42 Lakhs Raised
  • 36 Champions Activated 
  • Our COVID-19 Recovery Program (June 2020 - January 2021) : Understanding how children were still in need of safe spaces to express themselves, we wanted our impact to go beyond Relief. We wanted to work on Recovery through designing, developing and conducting a well being based Recovery Curriculum to help communities that were facing hardships caused by the constant negativity and loss of jobs, lack of income, domestic abuse and violence, lack of daily essentials such as food etc caused during the pandemic. Therefore, we introduced Virtual Classrooms to implement the Social Emotional Learning and Art integrated Recovery Curriculum to address these needs.

Here are some of the impact numbers that we documented through this programme :

  • 60 Facilitators 
  • 250 Children 
  • 85% Student Attendance
  • 15 Partner Organizations
  • Our COVID-19 Recovery Program (June 2021) : 

Expanding Our Reach (August 2020-June 2021)

The Virtual Classrooms Program helped us realize that the communities we worked with do not have access to technology compatible with digital learning, nor do they have the resources to invest in a relatively expensive device. Through Virtual Classrooms, we opened our doors to schools outside of Mumbai and welcomed organizations to become part of the Saturday Art Class Family from Pune City and Ahmedabad.

Saturday Art Class partners with Teach For India (May 2021)

Teach for India is a non-profit as a part of the Teach For All network. To build a growing movement of leaders, it runs a two year teaching fellowship. In a decade, it has seen more than 120,000 young fellows. Currently, there 900+ Fellows impacting over 32,000 students in 260 under-resourced schools in India. 

Saturday Art Class x Teach for India Partnership (Mumbai)

Saturday Art Class in partnership with Teach for India (Mumbai) is intervening with Grade 3 and Grade 3-5-6 classrooms for the academic year 2021-2022. The art curriculum delivered through this will impact 2000 children. 50 TFI fellows to deliver this program after receiving training from Saturday Art Class on Social-Emotional Learning based art curriculums and facilitation.
The curriculum spans across 3 goals- All children are empowered with:

  1. The knowledge and skills of self-awareness, self-compassion and creative intelligence to bring about a positive change in their personal development.
  2. Awareness, compassion and creative intelligence to bring about a positive change in their interpersonal development.
  3. Awareness, compassion and creative intelligence to bring about a positive change in their community and society at large.

Among the many artists we expose our children to are SH Raza, Mark Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly, Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso.

Safe Sharing Spaces (May 2021-June 2021)

The pandemic and the resulting lockdown, the constant media focus on the number of fatalities in the country and the world as well as the stress of ensuring safety, health and wellbeing of self and family have left children mentally and emotionally drained out. Children have been confined to indoor spaces without having an outlet or channel to express their feelings and emotions.

Keeping this reality in mind, Teach for India and Saturday Art Class have come together to provide 'Safe Sharing Spaces' to children to aid in self-recovery during these unprecedented times.

Click Here to watch Safe Sharing Spaces in action

How will children benefit from 'Safe Sharing Spaces'?

An integration of Social Emotional Learning and Art sessions will be conducted to help children :

  • Become more aware of how they feel about the current situation
  • Have a safe space to express
  • Have time in the week dedicated to their well-being
  • Develop a creative and artistic way of expression

Saturday Art Class Training at Teach For India Institute (July 2021)

The TFI institute is a 6 week long training all 1st year intervention fellows undergo. Saturday Art Class is set to train 600 Grade 3 fellows across India. Each fellow leads a classroom of 40 or above children and will be trained by industry experts to implement our 'In My Mind' curriculum set to impact 30,000 Teach For India children solely via Institute training.

SArC Trainings for Teach For India Fellows 

To equip TFI teachers with our curriculum, Saturday Art Class team conducted a training program including SEL for self and for educators in order to inculcate SEL in students better , art impacting lives of students.

TFI X SArC material distribution

Our Digital Resources

Access Everyone's An Artist on YouTube!

We launched our first-ever digitized curriculum called Everyone’s An Artist in partnership with Learning Delight. This open resource is a step in making Social-Emotional Learning integrated with Art through 12 interactive session videos narrated by co-founder Manasi Mehan, accessible to over 50,000 children across the country!

Our Social and Emotional Learning-based curriculum has been mindfully crafted and overlooked by well-renowned educators considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students across the country; with the lack of physical schooling and technological setbacks faced by them in terms of virtual learning, they have been deprived of safe spaces for expression.


  • In My Mind : A workbook for children (September, 2020)

Back in October 2020, we piloted our curriculum with a focus group of 220 students as part of our COVID-19 Recovery Virtual Classrooms program. Student growth was assessed and analysed throughout the entire term of implementation. The positive results we received only further confirmed the fact that this curriculum had to be made accessible to every parent, teacher, and child globally to help them socially and emotionally during these trying times.

Here are some of the impact numbers that we documented through this programme :

  • Since it has been released as a digital resource on our website www.saturdayartclass.com from 24th April 2021, we have impacted 35,791 students across-
  • 6 Countries
  • 20 Cities

What is In My Mind?
In My Mind is a digital book based on Social-Emotional Learning, Art, and creatively stimulating exercises to help provide SEL-based resources for students to educators, teachers, and parents across the globe as an open-source.  

This book reflects a culmination of the efforts, learnings, and feedback we were able to derive from our students and stakeholders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to us curating this book that is based on our SEL and Art curriculum.

The curriculum has been fine tuned over months by leading experts, and it has been reviewed by an SEL consultant from UNESCO along with educators whose expertise lie in curriculum development; with additional reviews provided by Saturday Art Class teachers and students.

The digital book acts as a safe space for children in order to help them creatively express their emotions, thoughts, and feelings through art.

Each graphic illustration that you will see in the In My Mind workbook has been personalized and designed first-hand by our Graphic Design team.

What does In My Mind comprise of?


Click here to access IN MY MIND

If you are an educator / organization / school / parent open to collaborate over our digital curriculum and workbook- kindly email- anagghan@saturdayartclass.com

Pre-COVID Structure 

Since our inception in 2017, Saturday Art Class has :

  • Created a developmentally appropriate curriculum that builds measurable SEL outcomes at each grade level in these areas: Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Management, Decision Making and Problem Solving.
  • Established implementation partnerships with government and low-income private schools in Mumbai.
  • Given students hands-on experience with a range of well-known artististic styles and practices from around the world.
  • Built a dedicated network of facilitators & volunteers serving as Coaches and Mentors :

        - Our trained Coaches commit to a full year to facilitate the curriculum in the classrooms. 
        - Our Mentors volunteer part-time to help the Coaches in the classrooms.

Our future plans

  • School and NGO outreach to secure partnerships. Taking support within the education ecosystem- to train their teachers and team to implement our programme.
  • Designing & developing social emotional learning content for grades 3 - 6
  • Through the partnerships, Saturday Art Class will train the teachers/ staff members/ Fellows of the organisations to deliver the Saturday Art Class curriculum in their respective classrooms
  • Saturday Art Class will assist the teachers/ staff members/ Fellows in conducting a baseline and end-line assessment of the participating students
  • Saturday Art Class programme is conducted by the trained teachers/ staff members and Fellows of the organisation with the Saturday Art Class team providing support through classroom observations and feedback
  • Continued programme development
  • Digital interventions to enhance programme delivery and scale impact

Achieved SEL outcomes

  1. Academic year 2019-2020 : Our assessments measured each child on the basis of Self Awareness, Self Management, and Social Awareness as our lesson plans were structured around those 3 parameters of Social Emotional Learning.
  • Social-Awareness: 21% growth 
  • Self-Management: 23.% growth 
  • Self-Awareness: 22% growth

Here are some of our student testimonials 

“I like Saturday Art Class because I’ve learnt how to be patient with teachers and friends. I like when Didi teaches us. They also help me understand patience, discipline, sharing, kindness and good behavior."
                                                                                                                     - Himanshu Yadav, 8 years old

“I like Saturday Art Class because we learn new things, about which we hadn’t ever heard of or learnt. My favorite moment in class was when Didi taught us about Arunima Sinha. Kalpana Chawla and Malala on TV. We also learnt about ‘sharing is caring’ and helping each other. Didi also taught us that we shouldn’t fight with anybody or hurt them.”
                                                                                                                 - Tamanna Chauhan, 9 years old

Click here: Here's what our Teachers think of Saturday Art Class    

The Virtual Classrooms Recovery Program : Our assessments measured each child on the basis of Self Awareness and Self Management. The values below represent the average % attainment against SEL parameters. It is derived from the self-reported responses to various questions in our baseline and end-line forms which co-relate with the relevant SEL parameter.

  • Self- Awareness: 10% growth 
  • Self-Management: 14% growth

Here are some of our Student Testimonials

"I feel happy to attend Saturday Art Class. I feel like I get a chance to participate during class. Didi and Bhaiya teach very well and organize fun activities. Because of Saturday Art Class, I understood my feelings and emotions and I was able to write a poem!"
                                                                                                                      - Yasmin Pathan , 19 years old

"During Saturday Art Class sessions I learnt about thoughts, feelings, what the voice inside our head is and many activities. I learnt about two words that I always keep in mind, they are Curious and Compassionate."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                         - Fehmina Ahmed Shah, 13 years  old

Volunteer Testimonials

“I joined with the idea that someone needs to be helped. And I cannot imagine what a mutual learning experience it turned into. I learnt that it's not the ‘one size fits all’ approach that'll help. Acknowledging the experiences and joy each student had to offer to the group, and the entire being of my fellow facilitators has brought us all a long long way.”
                                                                                                                                      - Jill Mota, Facilitator


“Always wanted to do something with Saturday Art Class, but work and studies took the front seat. Now I know what I missed. This was the missing piece. When I talk about my kids , yes my kids , I can proudly say that , I tell people there is so much to learn from these little ones. They're so mature in their own ways and that's beautiful. The joy I felt after having an amazing session with them cannot be worded.”
                                                                                                                       - Devanshi Mehra, Facilitator

Bringing Galleries and Museums into Classroom

At Saturday Art Class, we believe art is universal, hence accessibility to art should be for all and not just for a few. 

Over the past few years we have worked with galleries & museums to make art displayed by them accessible to our students. We take inspiration from various artists and partner with galleries that showcase their work

Our high-potential volunteers are trained first-hand by art galleries & museums where they build an understanding of the artist in focus' work. Mentors are trained to view the art of modern artists from around India and how to teach their work through our Saturday Art Class lesson plans. Ensuring that each artist and their work is relatable to the children, in a way for the children to then discover the connection between them and the artist’s work.


Saturday Art Class in collaboration with Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) organized training sessions for our mentors where they were exposed to 2 renowned Indian artists

The mentors were introduced to Madhvi Parekh’s work and how the way she painted was an observation and expression of the people in her village. Art as medium of self-expression.

It so happened that Natvar Bhaskar- one of India’s most important contemporary artists- saw his artwork being taught to our students via social media and invited our co-founders for dinner in his home in New York.


We believe that art builds connection

Through artist collaborations we have been able to not only make art accessible but been able to build connections with artists itself.

Saturday Art Class has designed lesson plans so as to bring international art & artists into classrooms. 

For example one of the leading contemporary artists of our time, is a British artist called Damien Hirst, whose work our co-founders saw, displayed in a gallery in New York. We conducted a Damien Hirst inspired lesson plan back in Mumbai with our students in which taught children the importance of being unique (like each dot in the painting is of a different contrasting color) but also of importance of teamwork (however when the colors come together, it makes for a beautiful painting). 


We put these pictures up on our Instagram account and tagged Damien Hirst. When he saw pictures of our Big Little Artists using his work as inspiration and the joy it brought them, he sent Saturday Art Class a painting as a gift all the way from UK

A painting sent from Damien Hirst for SaturdayArtClass

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Saturday Art Class Features and Publications 

Get a glimpse of what Saturdays look like at Saturday Art Class

Watch HERE Ranjeet, a Grade 6 Saturday Art Class student facilitates a workshop to adults at Soho House, Mumbai based on Self Awareness and Self Management through the work of Japanese Artist, Yayoi Kusama

Saturday Art Class Exhibition

The Saturday Art Class Exhibition is an End of Year Annual Event that showcases the artwork made by students throughout the year.

The platform provided engages children, parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and supporters, allowing children to not only showcase their creativity but gain a sense of achievement for the work done through the year.

Through this end of year showcase we hope to not only motivate our children but also give a glimpse of our work to the attendees as a way to advocate the need to work towards our cause.

Here is how it went:

  1. Exhibtion 1.0 (2017)
  2. Exhibtion 2.0 (2018)
  3. Exibition 3.0 (2019)

*Exhibition 4.0 could not be executed due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Research

HundrED Academy Review

The idea has already been widely received. It can be scaled to even more regions across south and south-east Asia. Many schools will welcome this initiative with an open mindset as this can add a lot of value and contribute to holistic development.

- HundrED Academy Member

This innovation could allow for the students to develop greater socio- emotional health in their learning environment. Making the learner more secure and confident which in turn boosts academic learning and physical development as well.

- HundrED Academy Member
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The role of art and aesthetics in the learning is very important and this innovation allows the learners to engage with real world issues through art. The process of implementation is also easy to replicate in other contexts.
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Saturday Art Class begins classes for Grade 6 Teach For India students!
Our first lesson with Grade 6 students of Teach For India was based on Ellsworth Kelly's artworks. Through Ellsworth Kelly's artworks, students learned how to use a variety of emotions by understanding primary and secondary colours.As part of Session 2, students were encouraged to explore Emotional Experiences! With Mark Rothko being the artist in focus, students learnt about proportion and color by mixing colours with white and black to get lighter and darker tints & shades according to the intensity of emotions they were feeling!Click HERE to check what our little big artists created!
HundrED article: A study by Saturday Art Class on programs delivering SEL & arts-based curricula.
“To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.” - Jiddu KrishnamurtiThis wholly sums up the role of education in today’s world, affected by the pandemic and still healing from the after-effects of it. Our experience in the past year has made it clear that the role of education needs to evolve and extend beyond academics and literacy. It needs to empower children to become aware, compassionate, empathetic, and creative problem solvers. While several innovations in education can bring about this change, as an organization working with children from low-income communities in India since 2017, for Saturday Art Class, creative exploration through Social-Emotional Learning has been a highly effective tool in achieving the aforementioned outcomes in children, specifically.....Read full article here:https://hundred.org/en/articles/actionable-strategies-for-designing-innovative-and-impactful-learning-experiences#77770244
Introducing Safe Sharing Spaces in partnership with Teach For India
What is Safe Sharing Spaces by Saturday Art Class?The pandemic and the resulting lockdown, the constant media focus on the number of fatalities in the country and the world as well as the stress of ensuring safety, health and wellbeing of self and family have left children mentally and emotionally drained out. Children have been confined to indoor spaces without having an outlet or channel to express their feelings and emotions.Keeping this reality in mind, Teach for India and Saturday Art Class have come together to provide 'Safe Sharing Spaces' to children to aid in self-recovery during this time.How will children benefit?An integration of Social Emotional Learning and Art sessions to help children:Become more aware of how they feel about the current situationHave a safe space to expressHave time in the week dedicated to their well-beingDevelop a creative and artistic way of expressionGet a glimpse of Safe Sharing Spaces on Youtube!
June 2021 Update on Saturday Art Class Covid 19 Relief and Recovery Program
Saturday Art Class x Khana Chahiye
Artworks created by Little Big Artists during COVID-19
Becoming AWARE of PROBLEMS by creating art inspired by Banksy"I have drawn a bank, a man and the coronavirus. What I am trying to show here is that people are not getting a job. Even if they do have a job, they cannot go to work, because of the coronavirus, that has led to the lockdown.If we do not have a mask, we are not allowed to enter any public spaces as well. Now with the lockdown being imposed, we cannot get out from Friday 8pm to Monday 7am, the coronavirus is spreading everywhere once again." -Abdussamad Shaikh, student
Introducing our Digital Book: IN MY MIND!
Back in October 2020, we piloted our curriculum with a focus group of 220 students as part of our COVID-19 Recovery Virtual Classrooms program. Student growth was assessed and analyzed throughout the entire term of implementation. The positive results we received only further confirmed the fact that this curriculum had to be made accessible to every parent, teacher, and child globally to help them socially and emotionally during these trying times.Now digitally available on our website!What is IN MY MINDIn My Mind is a digital book based on Social-Emotional Learning, art, and creatively stimulating exercises to help provide SEL-based resources for students to educators, teachers, and parents across the globe as an open-source.This book reflects a culmination of the efforts, learnings, and feedback we were able to derive from our students and stakeholders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to us curating this book that is based on our SEL and Art curriculum.What are the different components of In My Mind?In My Mind is a fine-tuned version of our curriculum that we specifically created keeping in mind the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students. The digital book acts as a safe space for children in order to help them creatively express their emotions, thoughts, and feelings through art.How can you access In My Mind?1. Visit www.saturdayartclass.com and locate the ‘RESOURCES’ tab. 2. Each chapter of the In My Mind digital book is readily available in the PDF format, click on a session of your choice or download all 12 sessions! 3. Fill in a USER INFORMATION and SUBMIT4. Don't forget to share your reflections after each chapter by filling in the ASSESSMENT FORMCLICK HERE TO ACCESS IN MY MINDIf you are an educator / organization / school / parent open to collaborate over our digital curriculum and workbook- Get in touch- anagghan@saturdayartclass.com
Saturday Art Class Teaches Kids Social-Emotional Learning Through Art
Threadless Artist Mathiole has rightly said, ‘Art speaks where words are unable to explain’. Saturday Art Class works on the same principle: providing kids with a platform to express themselves through art’s universal language. Working primarily with children from low-income groups, the non-profit organisation was founded by Manasi Mehan and Chhavi Khandelwal with a common goal of solving a prevalent issue in the education system of most government schools―the unavailability of resources to teach kids the significance of social and emotional learning.“At the age of 20, I joined the Teach For India fellowship in 2015 as a class teacher for Grade 2 in a local government school in Mumbai. Over the course of my interactions with students, I realised that they learned academic subjects, but very little on how they could combat the pressures they faced on an everyday basis in their communities; from violence to difficult financial situations at home, poor nutrition, and for some even, child labour. The lack of expression of these issues affected their performance academically. The school lacked resources to not only provide them with a safe space to voice their feelings but also build skills like awareness, compassion and empathy so that they could uplift the current state of themselves and their communities,” shared Manasi.Chhavi Khandelwal and Manasi Mehan“I realised that maybe Art could be the medium through which I could address the lack of expression in my classroom and was on the lookout for an art teacher. I came across Chhavi (an architect by profession) who wanted to teach kids value-based art for the same reason and jumped at the opportunity of being a volunteer on Saturdays as an art teacher. Soon, our students started looking forward to Saturdays and started calling it Saturday Art Class,” she added.Ever since its inception in 2017, the NGO has come a long way. The team has worked with over 5700 students, 50 organisations and built a strong network of over 1300 volunteers. In a chat with ELLE, Manasi and Chhavi tell us all about how they are using the principles of art to bring a positive change to the lives of innocent minds and how much they’ve grown in their journey during the pandemic.Click here to read full article
Everyone's an Artist: Our first ever Digital Curriculum!
Our Social and Emotional Learning-based curriculum has been made accessible keeping in mind the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students across the country; with the lack of physical schooling and technological setbacks faced by them in terms of virtual learning, they are deprived of spaces for expression.As an organization rooted in Social and Emotional Learning through Art, we felt the need to expand our reach in order to promote well-being to more students, parents, and educators; thereby providing an open resource that is free and readily accessible, anywhere across the country!We launched our first-ever digitized curriculum called ‘Everyone’s An Artist’ in partnership with Learning Delight. This open resource is a step in making Social-Emotional Learning integrated with Art through 12 interactive session videos, accessible to over 50,000 children across the country!How can you access Everyone's an Artist? Enter your details to create an account and SIGN-IN to the application. Locate Everyone's An Artist by Saturday Art Class under the 'Life Skills' section. Search for the Learning Delight application via the Google Playstore. Start out with Session 1 and you're ready to go! Each session introduces a topic based on a specific emotion.12 SESSIONSHelp understand the topic in focus.KEYWORDSStudents learn art as they are exposed to world-famous artists in relation to the topic in session.ARTThese activities draw inspiration from the works of well-known artists across the globeACTIVITIES QUIZAt end of each session to monitor student progress.Everyone’s an Artist is one such resource that brings to light the importance of well-being & creativity in education, a tool we want as many children, teachers, and parents to benefit from.Access Everyone's An Artist on YouTube!
Updates on Saturday Art Class Covid 19 Relief and Recovery Program
We have had our hands full at Saturday Art Class ever since we launched the Saturday Art Class Covid 19 Relief and Recovery Program in April 2020, which was essentially launched as a way to combat the challenges our communities back home were facing due to the outbreak of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the government.  The financial ramifications of the aforementioned lockdown resulted in many low-income communities without basic food supplies, as most of these depended on the daily wages to fulfil basic needs. Most of our students that we worked with, also belonged to these communities, hence it became imperative for us to take on Relief, by ensuring the supply of daily food essentials to families in need, which could help them, at least for a month. So far we have been able to help 12,000 individuals across 2500 families. Coupling this, we also launched Recovery, as a way to help children deal with their feelings in a positive way during this difficult time, where normalcy has been lost and has been replaced by constant stress on the effects of the disease and the pandemic. The Recovery program was basically designed to find a solution to our volunteers not being able to go on ground and conduct Social Emotional Learning and Art sessions with our children, since schools remain shut in India. Three months ago, we launched phase 1 of our "Virtual Classes for Recovery Program" where our facilitators hosted sessions for children over zoom calls. However, while phase 1 was largely successful, with more than 85% attendance being recorded, we realised that digital learning further created a gap in an already divided education system by the use of technology. The communities we worked with do not have access to technology compatible with digital learning nor do they have the resources to invest in a relatively expensive device, especially when they are currently just surviving. Additionally, over the course of the lockdown, studies show how children exposed to excess screen time as a result of schools shifting onto a digital platform, has done more harm than good. Keeping these setbacks in mind, we decided to launch our Phase 2 of the program by being mindful of what our children and communities really needed without creating a new demand. We compiled all our 12 lesson plans for Phase 2 into a workbook called, In My Mind, printed and distributed it to all children who are a part of the current phase along with Art Kits. Although we will continue to have classes over a digital platform, the larger idea behind this was to equip a child with simple tools to help him at home, with minimal tech intervention. For example, if a child cannot come online due to technical setbacks, with the aid of the workbook and art kit, our facilitators can ensure learning reaches a child over a 10 min phone call rather than a 90 min virtual class over zoom. We are also launching an e-version of the In My Mind workbook as an open source to help parents, teachers and children across the world with social emotional learning and art tools. "I believe it is a helpful resource which can help children get through the current circumstances that has jolted the world into a halting stop." -Chhavi Khandelwal, Co-founder 
Saturday Art Class RELIEF & RECOVERY fundraiser
Saturday Art Class has launched a RELIEF & RECOVERY FUNDRAISER where we are raising funds to help communities in need by providing them RELIEF through daily food supplies and RECOVERY through designing, developing and implementing a recovery based social and emotional well being based art curriculum. 
Saturday Art Class Champion Project
The Saturday Art Class Champion project is a project started to enable individuals supporting Saturday Art Class’ Relief and Recovery efforts by raising funds individually through crowdfunding platforms. Here is what some of the champions had to say:“Being a Saturday Art Class Champion has empowered and enabled me to contribute to the communities in need during the pandemic” - Adwait Khandelwal, student “The lockdown made me realise that while my family is fortunate enough to have facilities & resources to help us through the lockdown, the majority of people in low-income communities do not have enough to put meals on the table.” - Zoish Contractor, architectAs of 15th May 2020, we have 8 champions who are raising funds for RELIEF & RECOVERY efforts of Saturday Art Class 
Saturday Art Class Relief Efforts during Covid 19 Pandemic
Saturday Art Class has launched a RELIEF & RECOVERY FUNDRAISER where we are raising funds to help communities in need by providing them RELIEF through daily food supplies and RECOVERY through designing, developing and implementing a recovery based social and emotional well being based art curriculum. Saturday Art Class partnered with NGO Bright Future India to generate funds and provide relief in the form of food essentials within the Saturday Art Class community network. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our Saturday Art Class champion, Adwait Khandelwal who initiated a crowdfunding campaign to raise INR 1,00,000 and successfully helped us reach 100 families. As of 11/05/2020, we have provided Relief to 203 families and 1196 individuals. 
Serendipity Circle with Saturday Art Class Coaches
Serendipity Circle One of our Saturday Art Class Coaches conducted Serendipity circles with the entire team. The idea of Serendipity circles was inspired by New York Times Bestseller,”Chew on life’s Big Questions”. These circles are a space where magic is brewed with 3 secret ingredients, Humans, their minds and serendipitous conversations. All you need for this circle is a group of people who are willing to speak their mind and figure out this journey of being human and getting by together. We have so far conducted three sessions each conducted by different coaches from the team.These circles have focussed on our mental well being, body thoughts and how we can be positive during this entire pandemic.These circles are a safe space to let your thoughts out and deal with the negativity around. Get your close friends together and try this out as it really brings inner peace.
Saturday Art Class Recovery Plan during Covid 19 Pandemic
Having worked with over 5500 children in the past 3 years, we, at Saturday Art Class understand where they come from, their familial backgrounds and the environments in which they live. Thus, we have decided to use our understanding, reach and network to help this sector of society/ our students and their communities with Relief through essentials for their daily survival. Additionally, while our first priority will be to cater to the essentials such as food supplies, our efforts will go beyond this, to work on Recovery by designing and implementing a Social Emotional Well-being curriculum for children as well as adultsAs an organisation whose roots are in Social Emotional Learning, we want our impact to go beyond just Relief. We want to work on Recovery through designing, developing and conducting well being based curriculum to help communities out of the sustained trauma caused by the constant negativity and loss of jobs, lack of income, domestic abuse and violence, lack of daily essentials such as food etc caused during the pandemic.Why is Recovery crucial?The ambiguity of the situation : Given that the number of people infected by the virus is increasing exponentially, it is hard to imagine a life without lockdown. It has become a permanent cause of worry especially considering the fact that work has stopped for many people. This constant state of stress calls for each one of us to look within for mental care Lack of Safe Space to Express : Children are physically confined in small spaces for extended periods. In addition, they are witnessing & dealing with hardships. It is understandable that these may cause behavioural issues as a result of not being able to express freely and safely resulting in the inability to fulfill their social-emotional needs.Regular school time table has been disrupted : Schools are shut indefinitely. Given that there is a dearth of basic necessities in low income communities, education currently is a low priority. Children are unable to learn lessons at home due to these issues coupled with lack of technological aid and internet bandwidth issues. What RECOVERY work have we done already ?The global pandemic and the consequential lockdown, made us realise the importance of taking steps towards helping the emotional well-being of children and adults. We have already set in motion certain partnerships and collaborations as a step to make way for a larger idea that could potentially enable us to impact lives at scale. Kshmata x Saturday Art Class : We collaborated with Kshmata, an NGO that works to reintegrate exploited survivors as dignified, positive and productive participants of the society, to conduct virtual classes with teenage girls in one of their centres. The lessons were conducted by trained Saturday Art Class Coaches (our part time teachers) and were based on social emotional learning through ART. The approach adopted by our coaches for these virtual lessons was to build a rapport with the girls in the first few virtual sessions and then build on that to provide them with a safe space to express their feelings related to various circumstances through different simulations. 
Striving towards Relief and Recovery Efforts during COVID 19 Pandemic
Martin Luther King Jr once said, “Life’s most urgent question is - What are you doing for others ?” We, at Saturday Art Class couldn’t help but relate to this question now more than ever and felt an urge to respond to the critical needs thus risen."Sometimes people come and distribute food. I have no idea who they are, but it's very little. We only get to eat once in two-three days." - A Saturday Art Class student “India's poorest 'fear hunger may kill us before coronavirus" - BBC News "I earn 600 rupees every day and I have five people to feed. We will run out of food in a few days. I know the risk of coronavirus, but I can't see my children hungry," - A daily wage earner.The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected health but also financially handicapped and restrained millions of individuals in India as a result of the lockdown. The financial ramifications have left communities with very little to survive on in terms of basic essentials. Additionally, given the current situation of the world, schools remain shut indefinitely and education may see a paradigm shift over the next few months.Having worked with over 5500 children in the past 3 years, we, at Saturday Art Class understand where they come from, their familial backgrounds and the environments in which they live. Thus, we have decided to use our understanding, reach and network to help this sector of society/ our students and their communities with Relief through essentials for their daily survival. Additionally, while our first priority will be to cater to the essentials such as food supplies, our efforts will go beyond this, to work on Recovery by designing and implementing a Social Emotional Well-being curriculum for children as well as adults
Saturday Art Class: Social emotional learning through art
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Saturday Art Class: Meet the co-founder - Manasi Mehan
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Saturday Art Class: Meet the co-founder - Chhavi Khandelwal
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Saturday Art Class Student, facilitates a workshop on Self Awareness+ Management through ART!
As part of inculcating leadership in the Grades 6 cohort of Saturday Art Class students, we started training students to enable them to become facilitators in and outside the classroom. At first, these trainings looked more at building leadership skills such as public speaking, enunciation, facilitation etc. Eventually this led to children leading art workshops for adults as part of corporate employee engagements at establishments like SOHO House in Mumbai and Agrocel Pvt Ltd.Our student leaders conducted workshops with the focus on Social Emotional Learning and art inspired by Artists like Yayoi Kusama and Coco Davez for adults.Inspired by the art of Yayoi Kusama and infinity nets, our students facilitated a session on self awareness and self management experiences based on their reflections and learnings from how they have behaved in the past and connected it to Kusama’s meditation practice of infinity netsAnother session on Coco Davez’s self portraits were facilitated keeping in mind the relationship building and self awareness aspect resulting in teaching adults Davez’s style of Self Portraits with the message of self love.We shot a small video of our children facilitating a workshop at Soho House, Mumbai. You can click here to watch the video!
Exhibition 3.0
Exhibition 3.0 held on 7th April 2019 at Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai, India displayed the artwork made by the students of Saturday ArtClass throughout the Academic Year 2018-19. The exhibition enabled Saturday Art Class to provide a view of yearlong proceedings to our stakeholders and at the same time, form new partnerships. The Exhibition was inaugurated by Ms.Bhagyashree Dassani and Mr.Abhimanyu Dassani. Advancing from last year, the exhibition received a footfall of 2500+ visitors which included Saturday Art Class students, teachers & Headmasters, parents, mentors, parents & student s of Jamnabai Narsee School and our well-wishers. The exhibition was visited by 750 Saturday Art Class students from 9 partner schools for whom transportation and food had been arranged for by Saturday Art Class.You can click here to watch a video shot during the Exhibition 3.0
Exhibition 2.0
The second rendition was held on 15th April, 2019 at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, India where the 1200+ students of Saturday Art Class and their parents witnessed the year-long effort and dedication as evident from the displayed art-works. The exhibition was also open to the many stakeholders of Saturday Art Class. The presented artwork along with interactive installations and workshops made the exhibition a successYou can click on this link to watch a video shot during the Exhibition 2.0
Exhibition 1.0
The first rendition of the exhibition took place at Shankarwadi Mumbai Public School, Jogeshwari, Mumbai, for the academic year 2016-17. With all enthusiasm and pride, the students of grade-3 hosted the exhibition and showcased their creativity. The proceeds out of the exhibition were then used to cater to the children’s needs.You can click here to watch a short film showcasing the Saturday Art Class Exhibition 1.0
Saturday Art Class
The Saturday Art Class Exhibition is an End of Year Annual Event that showcases the artwork made by students throughout the trimesters. The plat form provided engages parents, teachers, funders, well -wishers and the other stakeholders, allowing children to not only showcase their creativity but gain a sense of achievement. The year-long commitment is realised as a potential to future-growth and that of the current term. The external audience is made aware of this commitment and through the event, we hope to motivate them to help our cause and also encourage new partnerships and donations.The exhibitions contain several different aspects such as the display of artworks done by the children from partner institutions, workshops based on lesson plans conducted in class and interactive installations which are created by the children themselves. We had our first rendition of the exhibition in 2017 and consecutively we have had one in each year, in 2018 and in 2019. The 2020 exhibition was stalled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown
Sarmaya x Saturday Art Class: Using Tholu Bommalaata puppets to talk about gender equality
My organisation, Saturday Art Class collaborated with Sarmaya Arts Foundation to design three different lesson plans based on art practices traditional to Indian arts and culture context.The Sarmaya Arts Foundation is a digital museum with an archive in Mumbai, which houses a rich collection of coins, etchings, engravings, maps, photography, rare books, folk and tribal and modern and contemporary art. Their goal is to encourage young people to be excited about art, history and heritage,and to make the collections as accessible as possible to like minded enthusiasts. Apart from an active engagement on social media and on the Sarmaya website, their outreach consists of exhibitions, art education programs, pop ups, talks and travel.“Tholu Bommalata,” is a style of shadow puppetry originated from Andhra Pradesh, India. It is a traditional folk art where puppets are crafted and performances through them usually revolve around stories from around the villages and mythology. At Saturday Art Class, we used puppetry as a way to incorporate gender sensitivity amongst the children such that boys were given a female puppet stencil while girls were given male puppet stencil. They had to colour and design their own puppets and ultimately perform a skit for the classroom, keeping the gender of their puppets in mind. We filmed the process and you could watch it in the link provided here!Since the topics touched, through our collaboration were sensitive topics to teach children, we held multiple training sessions for our teachers to ensure high quality being delivered in the classroom. 
Help One, Help All! - A Saturday Art Class Classroom Lesson Plan
Saturday Art Class collaborated with Sarmaya Arts Foundation to design three different lesson plans based on art practices traditional to Indian arts and culture context.Our second plan designed through this collaboration was called - "Help one, Help all" which also included "Gond painting,” a form of tribal and folk art practice originated in Madhya Pradesh, India was taught to children through this collaboration. It not only helped children gain an insight on different community based practices in India but the lesson plan activity was also designed such that it aligned to our social emotional learning outcome of building healthy relationships within communities. Children first performed a short skit based on a story on friendship and later, through those learnings, worked in groups on common art sheets to understand the experience of sharing and co-creation. This lesson plan is a classic example of how we use art as a way to drive social emotional based learnings in the classroom. 
I AM A SUPERSTAR!
Saturday Art Class collaborated with Sarmaya Arts Foundation to design three different lesson plans based on art practices traditional to Indian arts and culture context. These lesson plans were implemented in all our partner schools for over 1000 children The Sarmaya Arts Foundation is a digital museum with an archive in Mumbai, which houses a rich collection of coins, etchings, engravings, maps, photography, rare books, folk and tribal and modern and contemporary art“Painted photographs” was one of the modules thus developed. This art practice dates back to the 19th century where people would commission artists to paint over their black and white photographs and add aspirational details like jewellery, artefacts among other items by painting over their black and white portraits. At Saturday Art Class we used this practice to help our students envision what they wanted to achieve in their future, hence building on a growth mindset. Children were given their individual black and white photographed portraits, which they had to paint over to represent what they wished to achieve for themselves when they grow up. This lesson plan was a part of a series of 2 lesson plans where the main focus was to build confidence in children through positive reinforcement as well as interaction around themes that related to their skills, their likes and their role models.
Children From Low-Income Families Are Learning About Life Values Through Art, Thanks To Saturday Art Class
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Watch: The Saturday art class that's drawing kids to school - Firstpost
The renowned media publication, First Post, covered the work of Saturday Art Class in schools. To see the video, click on the link below : https://www.firstpost.com/living/watch-the-saturday-art-class-thats-drawing-kids-to-school-4328699.html
Cultivating Minds Through Art | Chhavi Khandelwal and Manasi Mehan | TEDxISME
Co-founders of Saturday Art Class, Chhavi Khandelwal and Manasi Mehan gave a TEDx talk at ISME School of Management and Entrepreneurship on the idea behind the inception of Saturday Art Class and why it is important for the youth to contribute to the community.To see the talk, click on the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v25in0dxe44&feature=youtu.be
Art for learning and healing
We were humbled to be featured in one of the leading national news publications in India, The Hindu, through an article written by Ms Varda Sharma. You can read the article here
International Youth Day 2019: Meet the young leaders transforming education
As part of the International Youth Day celebrations, the Queen's Commonwealth Trust featured the founders of Saturday Art Class. Read the article here
Arts for Good Fellowship 2020 - Arts for Good Fellowship 2020
Our co founder Chhavi Khandelwal represented Saturday Art Class as a Fellow of Singapore International Arts for Good FellowshipThe 2019-2020 cohort of fellows interacted over two exchanges, one in Singapore and the other one in Delhi, to build learnings and best practices around creatively empowering the youth and the children through art.
Gratitude Network Announces 30 Fellows For 2020 Cohort Of Changemakers For Children
Our co-founder Manasi Mehan has been selected as a Gratitude Network Fellow in the 2020 cohort of change makers who are working to support children and youth around the globe.Manasi and Saturday Art Class have been chosen from more than 1200 applicants across the world into a cohort of 30 top social entrepreneurs.We are so excited to be a part of this esteemed group of individuals who share similar goals. The synergies we create through this global network will help us increase our impact manifold!Thank you Forbes , The Gratitude Network Devin Thorpe for this feature 🌟
Building Trust in the classrooms
Trusting one another is the key to building a healthy relationship. We taught our students the Act of Trust and Friendship!
Saturday Art Class at Good Pitch India Panel
Our co-founder Chhavi Khandelwal recently represented Saturday Art Class at Good Pitch India panel for the film Dharavi This film addresses an important aspect of our upbringing, education and perception. It speaks about the need of an artist to simply express through his art and his rejection of making it commercial. It talks about the importance of Thriving VS Surviving, something that we as an organisation is also trying to do!

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Achievements & Awards

October 2021
Holistic Education in South & South-East Asia
June 2021
In My Mind impacts 35, 791 students across 6 countries and 20 cities
April 2021
Introducing our Digital Book - IN MY MIND!
April 2021
Saturday Art Class featured by ELLE Magazine
March 2021
Saturday Art Class featured by India Today
May 2020
Queen's Commonwealth Trust features work done by Saturday Art Class
February 2020
Finalists in the iVolunteer Awards
December 2019
Saturday Art Class featured by Forbes Magazine
December 2019
British artist Damien Hirst sends us his work!
August 2019
Queen's Commonwealth Trust features Saturday Art Class co-founders on International Youth Day
March 2019
Cofounders Chhavi and Manasi give a TEDx Talk
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