Do your employees feel like they work at a second home or just in a warehouse, storing office furniture? Is your space personalized?
If not, consider bringing the Art Factory in for a team building event. You’ll foster a shared history during the event and at the same time be contributing some fresh colour and art to your walls once your collaborative mural is complete!
Two birds, one paint brush!
We take the image you choose, massively blow it up while simplifying all the difficult parts. At this point we break it down to more basic shapes and colours so your team, regardless of experience or skill, can successfully finish it in a two hour period.
Once enlarged, the photo is then cut up into 16×20 inch sized pieces, laminated as black and white outlines to individual canvases. These canvases and their accompanying colour handout indicating the paint they’ll need to mix, are then handed out to all the participants to paint over under the watchful eye of a trained artist and our team of assistants.
At the end of the event all the canvases are assembled together and everyone gets to see their place in the “bigger picture”.
The work is then hung up in office as a permanent reminder of the team’s shared history while adding to a stain office decor.
On the day of your Event
Our team will arrive up to 60 minute early to make sure the space is prepared and protected from any errant drops of paint. Dropsheets for the floors are put down, plastic sheets for the tables and of course aprons for the participants are laid out.
Once everyone is in front of an easel and in possession of their own unique canvas the activity begins. Initially an instructor will do a brief painting demo and walk them through some of the points brought up on the tip sheet that has their canvas' colour image along with painting tricks.
Both instructor and assistant(s) alike will be moving around the room looking for people who need some help with their paintings. Initially everyone starts out with only large brushes as they block in the basic shapes. After the first hour smaller brushes are handed out for detail work ( this is an opportunity for people to change canvases where they work on the details of a canvas already started to add a greater interactive sense to the activity).
By now all the canvases have been completed and are dry to the touch. Using velcro we then attach the canvases together, one column at a time, so the finished mural can be held up and photographed with all the participants behind it. This is a great opportunity for sharing on social media or just "family pics" to be shared internally.
At this point all the participants have turned in their aprons and brushes, the drop sheets are off the floor and the room is back to how it originally looked before our mobile art studio set up shop! All that remains are memories and a plastic storage container(s) that is keeping protected the big work of art in it's respective canvas pieces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Plus, since the image is greatly enlarged and small details eliminated, the image is that much easier to paint. When you step back perspective takes care of the rest and the image comes into view!
This ads an extra visual punch for the narrative aspect of the activity as it underlines the importance of stepping back from your problems hoping to experience exactly that kind of clarity.
Individuals don’t take anything home but photos and smiles. What’s nice is that this is exactly the sort of thing which they can tweet about and pass on with social media both expanding your brand and framing it in the best light.
If you would like someone from the Art Factory to install the work for you a charge of $45/hour is applied.
Not only is everyone given their choice of lab coat or apron but the Art Factory always shows up with drop sheets for your floors too!
All the paint we use is acrylic and so water soluble ( as long as it doesn’t dry ).
Your team members can paint their heart out but sometimes the work just wouldn’t look right unless one hand brings the pieces together, improving what was necessary and saving as much of the original as possible. For an extra charge of $60/hour your work can be “touched up” by one of our professional painters – we won’t tell!
Just because you have an odd number of people doesn’t mean you can’t create. Most photos have “empty” sections for canvases that we’ll prepare for you just to fill in any holes in your group. Choose the image you want, we’ll figure out the rest later!
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) recently did a lunch time art project with Eric Budovitch and his team at the Art Factory as a teambuilding exercise for about 70 of our professional employees. The goal of the project was to break up the full day conference with an exercise that got people moving, creating, talking, collaborating and trusting each other in a fun relaxed atmosphere. The team canvases we made did just that. Feedback via a survey after the conference was that an overwhelming number of employees truly enjoyed the project. The bonus to this project, unlike other team exercises, is we now have several finished pieces of art to display in our offices. His team was professional, articulate in explaining the project, and was well prepared with all the supplies required.
Overall a great teambuilding project that I would highly recommend for any size group.
SUSAN ROHAC SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ONTARIO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA