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Collaborative painting

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Ingredients

Painting paper You can purchase one long paper roll or many A1 paper sheets, which you can then tape together at the back.
Paint There are many types of paint, but we suggest using water-based paint, so that you do not make too much of a mess. If you have low budget, just purchase the elemental colours (yellow, red, blue) plus white and black.
Brushes One brush per person is enough, but better if they are of different thicknesses.
Water To clean your brushes from time to time.
Music We recommend using contemplative music or natural sounds to take the experience to a deeper level.
A group of friends We recommend a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 15, but you can always purchase a smaller or larger canvas!

Nutritional information

Flow
Collaboration
Letting Go
Creativity
Connection

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Collaborative painting

Art is a wound turned into light. – Georges Braque

  • 1.5 hours
  • Serves 15
  • Easy

Ingredients

Directions

A creative activity to let your imagination wander and be fully in the moment.

Collaborative painting builds on the healing power of art to invite you to be fully present in the here and now. Being in complete flow, also known as “being in the zone”, is a mental state of operation in which you feel fully immersed in the activity you are doing. Benefits include increased focus, enjoyment and happiness.

It is a group activity that invites you to establish a deeper connection with others, as well as fostering a feeling of belonging to something greater than yourself. Because there is no “this is my canvas and that one is yours”, by moving around, collaborative painting also helps you let go of the need to be always in control. Finally, the silence of this activity encourages you to explore non-verbal communication methods.

*Image © Greta Rossi

Steps

1
Done
15'

Setting up

Create a big canvas and disperse the paint, brushes and water around. Put the music on.

2
Done
120'

Painting

Explain the "rules" to your friends (i.e. no talking, no standing in the same spot all the time). Start painting freely and every so often, invite your friends to change position around the canvas.

When the time is up (you can go on for longer, of course), or when there is no more white spaces on the canvas, stop.

3
Done
5'

Observing

Step back and take a few minutes to admire your collective piece of art, always without speaking.

4
Done
10'

Sharing

Take ten minutes or as much as you want to share your thoughts on the experience painting together.

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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