Artists Workshops to Develop Creative Thinking and Team Building Skills

We are all born with creative ability and curious about the world we are a part of. The question is how to keep these qualities flourishing in adulthood. The goal of the workshop is to enable the attendees to build upon or rediscover these traits.

A curiosity and willingness to explore the creative drive inherent in us all; through the use of photomontaging imagery and colour to explore visual metaphors and symbols are the only requirements for attending the workshop.

Why Photomontage Art:

Little or no previous artistic skills are required, beyond the willingness to cut and stick paper and use felt pens. The rationale for the use of photomontage is in accordance with a recent study:

The study carried out by art therapists Raffelli and Hartzell comparing the use of drawing or collage / montage found that many participants felt dissatisfied with their drawn artworks and their ability to represent their ideas.

Collage / montage was felt to offer structure and guidance in the image making process as well as feeling less intimidating for those who considered themselves non artists.

Using art, we can make it feel less intimidating to ask deeper questions. These questions often lead to emotional truth. Through collaboration, art creates a bonding that facilitates insight and finding new ways of living and working.

What to expect:

  • A brief introduction explaining;
    • How exploring symbols can externalize the unconscious and make tacit knowledge visible;
    • How we can see the same thing differently by shifting our perspective, 
    • Helping us appreciate that many points of view within ourselves and others, contribute to the whole.

There will be an ‘ice breaker’ group brainstorming session to prepare attendees for the creative process.

Attendees usually work in small groups for inspiration so they must be receptive to sharing thoughts and ideas with other participants.

This is because collaboration can enhance individual originality and generate new ideas by providing an involved and attentive group atmosphere.

Often helping attendees to build rapport and find likeminded others that form networks long after the workshop ends.

The workshop will include elements of;

  • writing
  • speaking
  • visual imagery 

This approach helps engage a broad range of cognitive areas.

Workshop Aims:

  1. Learning to think like an artist; to better overcome difficulties and the unforeseen and working within constraints / utilising resources; improve communication and observational skills; promote change and trust in your instincts and creative ability; appreciating creativity for its own sake.
  1. Engender collaboration / team development; to improve productivity, innovation, value and meaning; inspire, engage and motivate; enable change; create meaning; foster understanding of different viewpoints and enrich outcomes.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Beginning to think like an artist:
    • Artists learn to overcome difficulties and the unforeseen regularly in their practice through skills such as: arranging things in unexpected ways through composition and juxtaposition; lateral thinking; working within limited resources; seeking out relationships between apparently unrelated ideas and events, all in order to reframe problems and generate new perspectives.
    • Thinking like an artist you understand the need to constantly improve observation and communication. Since much of what an artist does is about looking, truly looking and trying to see what is actually there, and finding new / unexpected connections; Then communicating these to others both verbally / written to contextualise the work and visually in the work itself.
    • Thinking like an artist will inevitably involve you in promoting change because you will be communicating a personal vision of the world that may challenge convention. Through this activity you will learn to trust your creative ability often through trial and error, becoming more confident as you practice and communicate that unique vision.
    • When you have adopted this mind set of the artist you will begin to appreciate creativity for its own sake

Appreciating and utilising collaboration:

  • In a nurturing non competitive environment we can effectively collaborate to improve productivity and innovation by; building upon each other’s ideas; enhance individual originality by providing an involved and attentive group atmosphere.
  • By allowing employees to confront their assumptions in a non-traditional and non-intimidating environment we can foster appreciation of other viewpoints and needs, both within ourselves and others, that they may not have been previously considered; as well as a deeper understanding of how those differing viewpoints contribute to, and enrich the outcome as a whole.
  • By each member having a stake / input into a process they feel part of any subsequent change rather than subjected to. By working together we create a richer more encompassing meaning owned and invested in by all. This can be achieved by collaborating in large or small groups.
  • Collaboration helps attendees to build rapport and find likeminded others that form networks long after the workshop ends.
  • Collaboration offers a more enjoyable working environment because they are rich, creative, engaging and motivating by nature.

Additional benefits of these workshops can be:

  1. Deeper understanding of what symbolism is and how we can use it to explore our psyche and better understand ourselves. From there we can use it to initiate change in our lives, by using powerful visual symbols / images that come from the deepest parts of our psyche. When we understand ourselves we are better equipped to understand our relation to the world and others in it.
  2. Greater insight into aesthetics, ambiguity, chaos, courage, and complexity, visual conceptualisation skills, composition and dexterity.
  3. Since we are all inherently creative, improved creative skills and awareness can enhance personal wellbeing.