For the workshop with The Healing Family Foundation last week (which is an organisation supporting adults living with intellectual disabilities in Chiang Mai), Hayley had the clever idea of using a previous workshop where we used the concept of ‘musical chairs’ (but with painting) and changing it slightly so it worked within smaller groups.
The other differences would include using various mediums to draw, colour and paint with, and requesting that the art work contain some sort of creative thread throughout its development. Here’s how it would work…
Each participant in a group of six or seven would be given an A4 piece of card to draw on. The participants and volunteers were separated in to two groups. Each group then received a small cue card with a word written on it such as 'cat' or 'mountain' – the word represented what they had to draw first.
With some background music to inspire the artists, the workshop began! With Hayley on the timer, after three minutes we asked the participants to move their art work around the circle to the next participant. They then had to continue drawing on their ‘new’ piece of artwork by drawing something relevant to the previous drawing… make sense? Phew.
Hayley and I toyed with the participants by changing the length of time they had to draw, or occasionally throwing in another cue card where they would have to incorporate, for example, a guitar, or a hat in to their art work. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun!
We completed three rounds in total, creating over twenty different artworks, which varied from the very literal (a beautiful mountain scene) to the extremely absurd and surrealist. It was really interesting to watch how the various partricipants interpreted each art work, and even more interesting to see the final results when we shared them with each other at the end.
Dan and Hayley