Programme

The Skillful Artisan training is a set of interactive lessons. After a successful pilot in Pakistan, Butterfly Works and partners are now ready to develop similar trainings across the world. The whole training is tailor-made, with an eye for the region’s challenges and opportunities.

Under the clear guidance of video tutorials and master trainers, artisans learn in 12 weeks about design, quality, project management and price negotiations. The lessons are comprehensive and focus on experimental learning. The programme is specially geared to remote areas by using a simple setup that can be used in every situation and does not require electricity.

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Teaching methodology

For the Skillful Artisan Training, the trainer takes on a non-classical role. Instead of being a teacher who knows everything, he/she acts as a facilitator who assists the group in exercises and ensuring that everyone understands the materials given to them. A master trainer will train a group of max. 20 craft workers in each village, using interactive tools such as video and participatory exercises. They also provide additional support to frontline women, talented crafts women that could train and more crafts women in their villages. By sharing training responsibilities between master trainers and frontline women, the traditional and formal relationship between teacher and student is broken. Everyone can learn from and teach anyone.

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Video training

The whole training is offered through video lessons. The videos inspire and empower the craft workers by making them more aware of the whole production process and their role in it. There are two types of video content: (1) a trainer explaining different aspects of the lesson and (2) inspiration by for example introducing experts, showing market images or other design inspiration. Watch Video.

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Experiential learning

The training is based on experiential learning. This is a methodology that places learning by doing at the heart of the learning process. Sharing experiences, personalizing knowledge and applying new skills is how topics are made accessible and immediately relevant for the artisans. Read more

For the Skillful Artisan Training, the trainer takes on a non-classical role. Instead of being a teacher who knows everything, he/she acts as a facilitator who assists the group in exercises and ensuring that everyone understands the materials given to them. A master trainer will train a group of max. 20 craft workers in each village, using interactive tools such as video and participatory exercises. They also provide additional support to frontline women, talented crafts women that could train and more crafts women in their villages. By sharing training responsibilities between master trainers and frontline women, the traditional and formal relationship between teacher and student is broken. Everyone can learn from and teach anyone.

The whole training is offered through video lessons. The videos inspire and empower the craft workers by making them more aware of the whole production process and their role in it. There are two types of video content: (1) a trainer explaining different aspects of the lesson and (2) inspiration by for example introducing experts, showing market images or other design inspiration. Watch Video.

The training is based on experiential learning. This is a methodology that places learning by doing at the heart of the learning process. Sharing experiences, personalizing knowledge and applying new skills is how topics are made accessible and immediately relevant for the artisans. Read more

The Skillful Artisan experiential learning consists of the following elements:

Experiencing

Group activities, making samples, role-playing, giving presentations and playing games.

Sharing

Share in a safe environment and encourages them to work together.

Personalizing

Relate experience in the lesson to issues they are facing in reality.

Practicing

Homework to directly practice newly gained knowledge.

Applying

Lessons are designed so the craft workers can apply it in current work & future assignments.

1:

Opening and Group Formation

Knowledge:

  • Have a good understanding of the training programme and the objectives of the mobile design academy
  • Understand the concept of ‘Stair model’
  • Know the importance and respect the Ground Rules
  • Know the steps to form a group
  • Realise the benefits of working in the group

Skills:

  • Work together in a group
  • Select the leader (educated, problem solver, time manager)
  • Identify own strength and other’s strengths
  • Establish their own rules

Attitudes:

  • Willing to take responsibility within a group setting
  • Willing to give trust
  • Open to ‘sharing’ skills
  • Open to criticism
2:

Introduction to colour

Knowledge:

  • Appreciate the range of colour possibilities
  • See a colour wheel and understand mixing of different colours to create a different colour
  • Know what a colour palette is and how it is made and used in the design process
  • Identify different colours and their tonal variations
  • Understand the added commercial value of Family Colours (e.g. monochromatic = ‘safe’ commercial)
  • Understand colours of past and present

Skills:

  • Make a colour palette based on their own inspirations
  • Work with a colour palette
  • Strictly follow the colour palette given to them

Attitudes:

  • Open to the possibilities of colour and starting to notice the colour around them
  • Confident and vocal, can share their own stories (have confidence) in front of group.
  • Valuing both the traditional colour/identities and the experimental colour palettes
  • Respectful of a colour palette because it means something for the creator
  • Starting to realize that what they make is not always what they like
3:

The importance of colour

Knowledge:

  • Understand the importance of using a colour palette in the design and production process
  • Understand the importance of following a colour palette guidelines
  • Realise the added commercial value of “urban market colour”, trends/seasonal trends, and different colour palettes for different product ranges

Skills:

  • “Read” the colour design instructions
  • Strictly follow the colour design instructions

Attitudes:

  • Are aware of the urban market and trends
  • Respectful of the colour brief or colour design instructions given to them and that they should always stay in it
4:

Introduction to Design

Knowledge:

  • Know the difference between the “designed” product & “intuitive” product
  • Understand the concept of the concept of “less is more”, good placement of motifs and finishing

Skills:

  • Distinguish a “designed” item and the value added
  • Explain why something is well designed or not

Attitudes:

  • Appreciate a well-designed piece
  • Aware of the added commercial value of “design”
5:

The Importance of Design

Knowledge:

  • Know how a “well designed” piece is made
  • Understand how to add a commercial value to a product, for example with the concept of “less is more”
  • Know different techniques for finishing a product

Skills:

  • Follow the design instructions and communicate with the designer
  • Look at all design possibilities in terms of practicality and usage

Attitudes:

  • Appreciate a well-finished piece
  • Aware that practicality of the piece needs to be taken into account during the design process
6:

Introduction to Quality

Knowledge:

  • Reflect and identify the quality-related issues when their product is not sold
  • Understand what constitutes “good quality” in a product
  • Know the difference between an organised and unorganised workspace
  • Recognise the benefits of having an organised workspace and how this can affect quality
  • Understand the importance of health and safety when working and how this can affect the quality

Skills:

  • Improve the quality of their product
  • Keep their crafts clean and improve their workspace
  • Exercise good postures and other health and safety tips when working

Attitudes:

  • Inspired to be more “organised”
  • Aware that having a clean and tidy workshop is a reflection of their good quality product
7:

The Importance of Quality

Knowledge:

  • Understand the importance of ownership of the products they make
  • Understand the difference between hand made products and factory/machine-made products
  • Understand that a well-made and well-designed product of good quality will sell
  • Know how to organise and produce a ‘batch order’
  • Understand the importance of good quality raw material
  • Understand their responsibility being part of a group

Skills:

  • Follow quality guide lines
  • Appoint a leader in the group
  • Able to make several products with the same design and same quality
  • Recognize good quality raw material

Attitudes:

  • Aware that craft is a skill that needs your full attention to have good quality
  • Aware of their responsibility being part of a group
  • Aware that good quality is necessary to sell your product
8:

The Management and Following of Instructions

Knowledge:

  • Understand the importance of time management and keeping deadlines
  • Understand the importance of following instructions
  • Understand the strengths of being part of a group

Skills:

  • Plan their own daily work and make it fit the schedule of the group
  • Calculate how many items they can make in a day

Attitudes:

  • Aware of the strengths of being part of a group
  • Want to work together in a group
  • Aware of the importance of time management
9:

Pricing and Negotiation

Knowledge:

  • Know what costs they should take into account while pricing their product
  • Understand the concept of making profit
  • Understand the negotiation process and the different interests of buyer and seller
  • Know different communication techniques to use during the negotiation process

Skills:

  • Calculate the total costs of their crafts
  • Negotiate a good price for their products

Attitudes:

  • Confident enough to set a fair price on their product and negotiate for this
10:

Design your Generation Object

Knowledge:

  • Remember the different techniques for drawing and colouring
  • Remember how to work with costing sheet and time table

Skills:

  • Design their own object
  • Keep track of the timing and costing during their design process

Attitudes:

  • Excited to work on their own designs
  • Confident in using the different steps in coming up with an own design
11:

Collective Working and Group Critique

Knowledge:

  • Remember different techniques of finishing a object

Skills:

  • Give feedback in a positive way

Attitudes:

  • Appreciating feedback and using this to improve their object
  • Confident in presenting their own work in front of the group
12:

Present the Work

Knowledge:

  • Understand the different aspects a product is judged on

Skills:

  • Give a presentation about their product
  • Judge if a product is well designed and well made
  • Judge if a product is well priced

Attitudes:

  • Confident in presenting their own work in front of the group
  • Giving critical feedback in a positive way to members of their group
  • Appreciating the feedback of members of the group

Butterfly Works

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