This article was published in the Escape Southern Highlands Winter 2017 edition.
When it comes to organising a memorable conference for your delegates, you’ll want to offer something different on the activity agenda. And you’ll have come to the right place, since the rise of corporate tourism in the Southern Highlands of NSW has brought with it the development of many new and different experiences.
For the artist in all of us, Artation is a team building experience that creates collaborative painting sessions for corporate groups. This new and innovative way of bringing your staff together encourages harmony, respect and camaraderie. The Artation approach differs from most conventional styles of team building in that it is collaborative not competitive, so all teams achieve a positive outcome by working together rather than one team winning all.
For an added bonus, all participants take home their very own masterpiece as a memento of the session.
To discuss what Artation can do for your event contact Tracey on Tracey@artation.com.au
Moss Vale Community Centre entry foyer needed a bit of colour so the Committee approached Tracey at artation to come up with an idea to enhance the entry foyer and give the users of the centre some visual ownership by being involved in the painting project.
The regular users of the hall are U3A, Probus, Gentle Exercises, Volunteers Wingecaribee, Women’s Auxiliary, Prancing for Parkinsons, Moss Vale Christian Fellowship and the hall is hired out for private functions
All user groups are represented in silhouette participating in their activities.
In the back ground are hills representing the Southern Highlands and a line runs through the images expressing the Wingecarribee river.
The Foyer was plain and colourless.
About 30 people turned up on the day and had fun painting the images. The great thing about collaborative painting is that you don’t need any painting experience to be involved. Its really easy.
Everyone had fun painting.
The image was made of eight canvas panels and people moved from panel to panel to paint sections of their choice.
Some people hadn’t ever painted on canvas so it was a new experience for them and not difficult at all.
Representatives from each user group participated.
Participants laid the canvases on the floor to check that the images lined up and connected correctly.
Putting it all together at the end of the session. It was a rewarding day for everyone.
Detail showing a private function, like an anniversary celebration.
If you would like a collaborative painting made by your team please contact Tracey@artation.com.au
This was the wall before the mural was added.
The same wall at completion of the mural.
The downstairs meeting room at the Hill Top Community Centre was in need of a bit of colour.
Christine, the manager of the centre asked artation to design a mural that the users of the Hill Top Community Centre could paint.
Children and their families came together and worked collaboratively on the mural.
There were children, teenagers, parents and grandparents taking part in the project.
Timber panels were primed and artation drew up the images. Participants chose a section to paint.
Even toddlers helped.
The theme was indoor activities that children can play such as indoor soccer and basketball, painting, reading, blind man’s bluff, building blocks, tug of war, hide and seek, running and skipping.
Playing with a parachute and learning to balance.
Vacation Care participants painted on the mural.
The girls painted the ‘shelving’ that wrapped around the plumbing boxing.
If you would like a mural painted for your Community Centre be sure to contact Tracey at artation.com.au
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Members of the public attending the Wingecarribee Community Services Expo in the Bowral Town Hall on 29 September were invited to participate in creating a painting in support of Mental Health Week 2016.
The image is of a Tree of Life. The tree has strong roots which form the words “Learn and Grow for Mental Health” which is the theme for Mental Health Week 2016.
A man stands looking up into the branches where each leaf contains words suggesting positive actions and thoughts to enhance mental health.
Sketch of a tree of life for the collaborative painting for Mental Health Week 2016.
The completed collaborative painting measures 120 x 180 cms.
People of all ages were given an apron and a paint brush and invited to paint a section of the image.
The image was divided into eight panels for ease of access.
The painting will be hung in the newly created Carers’ Lounge in the Bowral District Hospital.
The Carers’ Lounge is an initiative from consumers as part of the celebration of 125 years of service by the Bowral District hospital.
Thank you to the Wingecarribee Shire Council for hosting the Community Expo.
Thank you to Latte Life Southern Highlands for publicizing the event.
If you would like a collaborative/ community painting created for your event please contact Tracey on email@example.com
IPSU, the Indigenous Professional Support Unit held their three day conference at Sylvan Glen in March 2016. artation facilitated a painting session for them in the beautiful garden.
Delegates form all over NSW including Tammworth, Dubbo, Sydney and the south coast participated in the collaborative painting session. The women worked in groups of four rotating through eight painting stations.
The images were based on indigenous styles from around Australia.
Each delegate put her own variations into the work.
Here are some of the finished pieces.
Twenty six women attended the conference. Each district that was represented took home a painting to exhibit in their office as a reminder of the conference.
It is always such a pleasure to work with people helping them to make art works.
A big group hug before the long drive home.
If you would like to have a painting session for your people, either just for pleasure or, to reinforce the benefits of team building then phone Tracey Miller on 0481 480 829 or contact artation here.
‘artation is a wonderful concept for networking and promoting teamwork at any event. Tracey helped our ideas develop to the next level. The end product was not just the wonderful paintings, but the enjoyment and connection between all involved. She facilitated the special bond we were aiming to achieve, celebrating our uniqueness and unity.’
Training & Resource Officer
IPSU NSW & ACT
When events manager Nadine contacted artation to ask if we could create a relaxing painting session at their three day conference in March, I had just the idea. On the third morning of their conference at Peppers Craigieburn the delegates were offered an alternative session to relax and recoup before beginning the last day of their conference.
So this is what we did at the beautiful Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral NSW.
The venue was the terrace at Peppers Craigieburn overlooking the golf course. We began at 8 am on an early autumn morning.
Canvases were prepared with an outline of famous modern images. Most of the delegates hadn’t painted since school. So it had to be fail safe, stress free and rewarding.
The sun was low as the participants started to paint.
The images were bright, happy and bold.
The results were striking.
Everyone was happy with the results. Not only did they have two hours of painting in the fresh outdoors but they also had a successful tangible result to take home with them.
They were a terrific group to work with and they did a great job.
“I was amazed at how well the painting turned out with tips from Tracey”. – Kylie
“I loved making the painting and coming away with a finished product.” – Danielle
“Its was a relaxing way to start the morning, yes definitely a great idea”. – Liza
If you would like to book a painting session for your team please call Tracey Miller on
0481 480 829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer collaborative art making for team building at conferences so see our website
“Congratulations Tracey on a well organised and very successful artation event. Most of the participants chose this activity because it was something they wouldn’t ordinarily do. The staff thoroughly enjoyed the session and all came away with a great sense of achievement. Their artistic masterpieces were proudly placed on display during the conference for the rest of the organisation to admire. Thank you for your flexibility in accommodating the varying levels of experience.”
Nadine March, Event Manager, Business Events Sydney
To see more testimonials click here.
Tracey Miller at artation is excited about working with representatives from the Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU) at their three day conference to be held at Sylvan Glen, Penrose, NSW, Thursday 10 March 2016. IPSU is under the umbrella of Gowrie NSW.
Twenty four delegates will be grouped into small teams. Each team will rotate through 6 art making experiences. I’m looking forward to this!