CLAIMING FACE curriculum is designed to support everyone, but especially children to engage with creativity in order to know their selves and be empowered to live their best lives. It is not about art, although art is made. It is about process. It is about life. Through exploration of the philosophy and its development, imagination exercises and questions, resource materials for art and literacy, as well as a vast and diverse sense of self-portrait projects, Maya lays out a feast of creative involvement to support first the educator and then the student in the classroom.
This is an excellent tool to encourage:
- higher thinking
- strong self-esteem
- social and emotional learning
- life skills
- cultural diversity
- ESL education
- and a lifelong connection to creativity
The format of the Guide supports educators first and foremost for themselves and provides an opportunity to engage and know, from multiple levels of experience, the power of Claiming Face. Through imagination exercises and questions you bring yourself forward to personally play with the embodiment of the philosophy. Exploring and practicing presence adds another dimension to the work for yourself and for your students.
Divided into 3 Parts, you will explore, in-depth, the philosophy in Part 1 of the Guide, including The 3 Rules as a distillation of the philosophy; walk through the classroom environment, materials, and books that support the curriculum in Part 2; and then delve into the 26 Claiming Face projects in Part 3.
All 26 projects use a vast and diverse sense of self-portraiture to build the powerful link between creativity and a sense of self. These 26 projects, organized into 6 distinctive categories of Reflection, Express, Explore, Empower, Expand, and Freedom, can be easily adapted to any grade from kindergarten to college and beyond. Maya has used these exercises with 3 year olds to 18 year olds and from student teachers to college professors.
The layout and visual design of the Guide is intentionally arranged in such as way as to offer as much support as possible to the educator in their journey to bring Claiming Face into their lives and classroom. With summaries of important points, diagrams, step-by-step photographs, journal space to explore, checklists, quick reference sections for art materials and Maya’s children’s books, handouts, and a whole lot more, you can use the Guide first for yourself and then serve as a model for your students. Are you ready to Claim Face?