ONCE YOU REGISTER AND RECEIVE YOUR INFORMATION...
- Download the Elephant Art Template and print A3 size (no smaller - otherwise, the impact of the art and messaging is lost). On the left and right sides under the main heading, there is space to insert the logo of your organisation: please do not remove the Kingsley Holgate Foundation logos from the bottom right-hand corner.
- Language: it is best that the Elephant Art lesson is conducted in the local language of the schoolchildren to ensure they full understand the information being imparted. Feel free to translate the Elephant Art template – please send us your translation so it can be added to the Elephant Art programme archives.
- As rural schoolchildren rarely have colouring pencils or art materials, we suggest you take a supply of good quality colouring pencils (not wax crayons), felt-tip pens and even water-based paints and brushes with you. A local stationery outlet, art shop or service club (eg: Rotary or Lions) might be willing to assist with donations.
- Source prizes for the best Elephant Artists. We recommend prizes for the top 10 artists (try to include pupils from each grade). A bicycle is good as first prize, with consolation prizes for the remaining 9: these can be educational books, backpacks, water bottles, school stationery, soccer balls and netballs. In addition, a group visit to a nearby national park or private game reserve for all the winners (accompanied by a couple of their teachers), to see elephants in the wild is tops; it is a great way of broadening the Elephant Art conservation message and instilling that all-important sense of empathy amongst the youth.
- Once all the above are in place, make an appointment with a community school Principal and get their permission to run a fun-filled Elephant Art lesson with their pupils. Ideally, the whole school should be involved. You will need two school visits: the first to conduct the Elephant Art lesson and the second to judge the pupils’ efforts. The second visit should take place 5-7days after the first to maintain momentum, and both visits usually need about 2-3 hours.
- Certificates for winners: You are welcome to download and use the Kingsley Foundation Elephant Art certificate here (download PDF), or create your own.
- Collaborating with neighbouring game reserves: Elephant Art is an excellent way for neighbouring national parks or game reserves to build good community relationships. Where possible, we suggest you invite their staff to participate, especially those who can speak from personal experience about fighting poaching and the need to protect and conserve wildlife and biodiversity in general. Game reserves (or tourism bodies) can also participate by hosting Elephant Art winners to see elephants in the wild.
FIRST SCHOOL VISIT: conducting the Elephant Art conservation lesson, handing out Art templates and materials and preparing for the Elephant Art judging event:
- Stay up to date on the latest elephant poaching statistics and facts (please use reputable sources) so you can impart relevant information. The text on the Elephant Art page is meant to be a lesson-on-a-page, so you need to know it very well and take the pupils (and teachers) through it, step-by-step. Hand out the Elephant Art templates and crayons and conduct the lesson – encourage the pupils to fill the whole page with colour and their artistic ideas, and write their own message on the template. Make it as interactive as possible to ensure that everyone fully understands the lesson.
- Elephant Art is an excellent way for neighbouring national parks or game reserves to build long-lasting community relationships. Wherever possible, we suggest you invite their staff to participate, especially those who can speak from personal experience about fighting poaching and the need to protect and conserve wildlife and biodiversity in general. Game reserves (or tourism bodies) can also participate by hosting Elephant Art winners to see elephants in the wild.
- We recommend that you speak to the school about creating an ‘buzz’ at the Elephant Art Judging Day by encouraging the pupils to come up with their own elephant conservation-themed poetry, theatre, song and dance– even a 20-minute a side soccer and/or netball match. We also recommend community elders be invited to the Judging, to encourage community buy-in and awareness.
- Please take three photographs of your first visit to send through to us: name of the school (or a school badge), pupils receiving the Elephant Art lesson and hand out of Elephant Art resources.
SECOND SCHOOL VISIT: Elephant Art Judging and Prize-Giving
- Suggestion: contact the school again during the build-up to the Judging to ensure all planning is on track.
- Ideally, have a small sound system or loudhailer plus music to add to the ‘buzz’ of the event.
- We recommend a charismatic teacher or team member who speaks the local language be ‘MC’ at the prize giving event, which if possible, could include a 20-minute-a-side, elephant-themed soccer or netball match.
- Have fun judging the Elephant Art! Involve local leaders if you can to add importance. NB: remember that the pupils’ messages are just as important as their artistic work and make the pupils feel special.
- Please take digital photos of each of the 10 winning Elephant Art winners with their work and send through to us, to be shared with the Elephant Art community and for the campaign’s archives.
SHARE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
- The Elephant Art community is a loose gathering of likeminded people who are passionate about elephants and conservation and always keen to share news. All that we request of you as a report-back is the following:
- Date and name of school and digital photos of your visit and the winning artists (please include their names).
- Share some of the best youth messages with us.
- List some highlights and further opportunities.
- Most importantly – have fun! Experience has taught us that the youth do not want to be lectured to, but rather want to be part of something that they believe in.
- Good luck – please keep us posted.