I held a workshop last week for an amazing group of women who have been meeting for years to enjoy retreats in different locations. This year their retreat was on the Sunshine Coast, and the leader contacted me requesting something creative, in my studio, in just a four-hour session. I was inspired to create an experience allowing them to connect with their inner creative spirit, learn some technical skills, and walk away from the session with a complete painting that they could take home. Throw into the mix that some of them had painted but most had no prior experience. I also wanted the experience to be unique and fulfilling for each of them, without the competitive edge that can sometimes occur in workshops. The challenge was on!
Here's what we did. As a group, we took a complicated design and divided it into 9 sections. Each guest then completed one section in their own style (without knowing it was part of a 'greater whole'). At the end of the session, we put all of the pieces together, and the women were amazed that such different paintings could create one united, complete piece!
Part of the success of this mini-workshop related to working in triad (three primary colours, all using the same three with black and white). This is my lesson for you painters out there:
Look at the differences in the panels they painted, and then look at the finished piece. All of the colours they were mixing blended together in the end because they each used the same three pigments! Team-building and individual achievement. Amazing!
A painter's path...
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