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BODY, NATURE, NARRATIVE

LEARNING OBJECTIVES


Learning a special collage technique and experience how nature and personal stories are interwoven both visually and emotionally. Discover how this connection can be a source of strength and inspiration.



KEYWORDS

  • visual creation


  • collage technique

  • intercultural communication

  • storytelling

  • empathy

  • listening

  • observation.

DURATION

Minimum 2 hours

SKILLS

  • visual creation

  • collage technique

  • intercultural communication

  • storytelling 

  • empathy

  • listening

  • observation.

PREPARATION

Gathering materials and books and assembling a sample collage using the collected materials ahead of the training session is essential. Gain some instruction on collage techniques, ensuring they grasp the fundamentals. In cases where the trainer lacks expertise in specific techniques deemed valuable for the group, the assistance of an experienced artist can be invaluable.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

  • Dried plants and natural objects collected by the participants

  • decorations drawn by participants on the paper. 

  • Books containing photographs and images of natural objects

  • images inspired by natural elements.

  • Colored pencils 

  • Black markers 

  • A4 transparent paper 

  • Glue 

  • Printer (for black and white prints in A4 format)

DESCRIPTION

1. Collection/Preparation (Blended Part): - Gather various plants, flowers, and herbs encountered in the months leading up to the training. Encourage participants to do the same, selecting items like herbs and spices used in cooking, flowers gathered during summer trips or received as gifts, and plants with personal significance. - Dry the plants and instruct participants to do the same, ensuring they are preserved for the workshop.


2. Photo-Taking: - At the onset of the workshop, have participants pair up and take full-body photos of each other in various poses. - Print the photos in black and white on A4 or A3 paper.


3.Design: - Provide participants with black and white photo prints, pens, colored paper, tracing paper, and glue. - Prompt them to alter their representations in the photos, including figures, clothing, and surroundings. Encourage them to achieve this through drawing or affixing dried plants, herbs, and spices to specific parts of the photo. For further inspiration, suggest using books featuring images of plants, insects, and animals.


4.Reflection and Discussion: - Facilitate discussions where participants share their thoughts on the artworks and the significance of the chosen plants. - Prompt them to reflect on how nature intertwines with their life stories, particularly in the context of migration or flight, and how it aids them in overcoming challenges. The following key questions can deepen the discourse:


  • What do the selected plants symbolize in your personal narrative?

  • What memories do these plants evoke, particularly regarding migration or flight?

  • How has nature supported you in overcoming obstacles?

  • What role does nature currently play in your life, and how might it influence your future?