Team building art workshop
Are you looking for fresh ways to boost creativity at work? Have you ever considered trying a team-building art workshop to replace the traditional team building activities?
What is a team-building art workshop?
A team build building art workshop combines all the attributes of traditional team-building events in a dynamic, creative format. It provides an informal platform for businesses to interact in groups or individually with the focus being on producing arts and crafts. Raising awareness of the benefits of thinking outside the box, participants are given the opportunity to push their ideas and skills in a fun relaxing environment.
Creating art has very few boundaries, limitations or expectations. There is so much freedom in art. That’s what makes it so appealing.
Here is a list of options to consider when preparing your next team building.
- Art workshops are accessible and suitable for all ages and don’t require prolonged physical exertion.
- They send a positive message to employees about individuality, diversity, empowerment, and self-confidence.
- You can focus on a large variety of subjects that link to your business activities.
- Art workshops offer possibilities to reach out to your wider community with public art programs.
- Share your core values and reinforce your presence locally by sponsoring a painting project.
- Use art workshops to embellish your own working environment.
- Paint some murals around your offices or buildings that reflect the company spirit.
- Invite your clients to participate and reinforce your relationships by sharing a common experience.
- Create an internal recognition system for employees that excel in a particular creative activity.
- Turn a boring white wall into an explosion of life. Letting your employees tap into their creative senses will boost them to think differently in their daily responsibilities.
Customize your workshop to suit your companies context and needs.
Creating art is a versatile activity that can be either personal and individual as well as social, and interactive. Sharing art experiences with employees or business partners will increase creativity, bring people together and stimulate new ways of thinking.
Here are a few pointers to help you choose the right creative solution and make your team building session successful
- Do you prefer to host the workshop at your place of business or in a neutral location?
- Does your workplace have sufficient space to host a creative workshop?
- Can you identify particular areas in your workplace that could benefit from some inspiration and creativity? Such as boardrooms, bathrooms, Staffrooms, and reception areas.
- Is your building starting to look run down? Perhaps a mural workshop will best fit your company.
- How many employees will participate in a workshop?
- What will be the impact of each employee creating something individually vs a large group creating a single unique work?
- Do your employees work more often individually or in clusters?
- Is your business highly competitive, moderately competitive or lacking any competitive edge?
- Does your company simply need a break from the routine?
- Is your business activity reliant on being very creative, moderately creative, not being creative at all?
If you want to have a really good time during a workshop as well as leave a lasting impression on your employees it is important to put a plan into place with some preparation.
Creative workshops are mobile and versatile.
A typical workshop can be structured, focus driven and indoors as well as informal, spontaneous and outdoors. If your team building requirement is project-based than workshops can last for several days or until the project is completed. Keep this in mind if you are considering a larger-scale project.
How do you choose the duration of your workshop?
1/2 day workshops are good for smaller groups of up to 12 people working in groups. Ideal for quick fun expressive mornings.
Full-day workshops are better suited to medium groups of up to 30 people.
2-day workshops are good for extended projects. Typically wall murals and sculptures work well in a 2’day format. They both require a basic explanation before starting. Ideal for medium to large groups of up to 50 people. You can opt to split your employees so that the groups are smaller each day.
3 to 5-day workshops are good for large companies with over 50 employees who are looking to achieve big company culture changes. Planning large events around your productivity at work makes it easier if you are able to spread the workshop over several days. Giving everyone a chance to participate instead of cramming everyone into the same day.
The duration of a workshop and the quantity of people participating is entirely based on how many employees you have and what is the purpose of the workshop. The examples that I have cited are just ideas to help you decide whether this kind of workshop can work for your business. You may decide to have a 5-day workshop for a small group and that is fine too. Or stick to a shorter workshop with a larger group.
What happens to all the art at the end of a workshop?
Whether it is on a wall, a canvas or in the garden. Your place of business will have a completely new look and impression by the end of the workshop.
- paintings can be displayed in key areas of your office or building.
- You may choose to regularly update a mural wall for different occasions rather than keep one permanent.
- Sculptures can be installed either indoor or outdoor. Place a sculpture where people regularly meet. This could be next to a coffee corner or lunch bench.
- Make something special out of this event and auction the art during a fundraising day for a good cause.
- Donate the artwork to employees and their families.
- Create a competition for the workshop and do a lucky draw at the end to give away the winning artwork to a department in your business.
- Or simply do nothing with them and move onto something else.
Introducing art into the workplace
It is surprising how many people enjoy creating art however rarely set aside time to make art or appreciate art. Initiating more visually interesting content around the workplace. Will make your company look and feel more authentic and personalized.
Encouraging employees to experiment more with visual content for reports, publications, meetings, schedules, and presentations. Your business will send off a positive message of a focused, more direct and intentional approach of communicating not only internally but with your clients, partners or board members as well.
Everyone has made at least one drawing or painting at some point in their lives. As a minimum, some lessons at school. This makes it very easy to engage everyone in the activity when compared to something like rock climbing or quad biking. Which requires physical ability and driving skills for example.
Team building art workshops instantly resonate with thoughts of fun, relaxing, creative, different, unique experiences. Making it the perfect workshop to bring employees and teams together in a common focus.
Try one of these art workshops from the list.
- Learn techniques to use more visual content in your daily business activities.
- Discover new ways of creating workflow maps and strategy diagrams with visually engaging content.
- Learn the importance of basic shapes and perspective for technical drawings.
- Do a group mural on a significant wall to showcase your company identity in a unique way.
- Maybe you need a confidence booster workshop that focuses on self-esteem.
- Try doing a puzzle wall that reveals itself as the participants add each completed painting together.
- Create a masterpiece celebrating a particular achievement or anniversary.
- Painting & Decorating tips you can use at work and at home.
- Focus your workshop around social, environmental and cultural topics.
- Have your employees describe in their own way how they view the core values and mission of the company.
To wrap this up
The majority of us are spending more time at work than anywhere else aside from potentially our homes. The next time you go to work, ask yourself this question. What would I change visually to make my work environment more enjoyable, more efficient, proactive and unique? Then do a survey with your team, staff, employees or collaborators. Find the recurring answer and book a team-building art workshop to start with that.