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FROM ORNAMENT TO ADORNMENT

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • learning how to look at art

  • transforming patterns

  • visual creativity

  • analytical skills

  • changing perspectives

KEYWORDS

  • Collage

  • Photography

  • Painting

  • Art

  • Group Work

  • Museum visit

DURATION

At least 3 sessions of 2-3 hours

SKILLS

  • storytelling

  • listening

  • empathy

  • visual skills

PREPARATION

  • Option A Museum visit: Search for a suited museum to go to - take care of special needs of participants, knowledge of the art works in that museum, knowledge of culture and art history.

  • Option B Neighbourhood walk: Knowledge of the neighbourhood with an eye on the aesthetic environment. Knowledge of patterns in public spaces.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

For the museum visit:

  • Information to provide the participants with

  • Museum tickets

  • Public transport tickets


For the workshop:

  • paper

  • pen

  • pencils

  • felt-tips

  • sharpeners

  • eraser

  • colours

  • brushes

  • cups for water

.DESCRIPTION

Option A: Museum Visit and Collective Painting


1. Preparation: - Find a museum that aligns with the interests of your target audience and the workshop. - Get familiar with the museum, its exhibits, and cultural context. Identify artifacts in the museum that align with the workshop's framework. Understand the art-historical narratives associated with these artifacts and develop study queries based on them.


2. Museum Visit: - Plan a day trip to the museum with your participants. Guide them through the exhibition and lead them towards the artifacts that you have chosen to present. - Give the participants enough free time to explore the museum and encourage them to capture images of artifacts that resonate with them. - Conclude the museum visit by prompting participants to reflect on their experience and encourage them to write about their impressions of the museum and its artwork.


3. Sharing and Discussion: - Let the participants present their impressions from the museum and share their photographs.


4. Individual Analysis and Drawing: - Have participants select one photograph of an artifact from the museum. - Ask them to identify and sketch one specific detail from the chosen artifact on a sheet of paper.


5. Collective Drawing or Painting: - Gather as a group for each participant to present their detail, explaining their choice. - Generate a group collage by incorporating the detailed paintings/drawings and adding further ideas to the paper.


Option B: Neighbourhood Walk and Collective Painting:


1. Preparation: - Find a neighbourhood that aligns with the interests of your target audience and the workshop. - Get familiar with the neighbourhood, its infrastructure, and demographics. Identify patterns, structures, colours, etc. within the neighbourhood that align with the workshop's framework. Understand the art-historical and urban narratives associated with these designs and develop study queries based on them.


2. Neighbourhood Walk: - Plan an excursion to this neighbourhood with your participants. Guide them through the neighbourhood and lead them towards the structures, designs, colours, etc. that you have chosen to present. - Give the participants enough free time to explore the neighbourhood and encourage them to capture images of urban designs that resonate with them. - Conclude the neighbourhood visit by prompting participants to reflect on their experience and encourage them to write about their impressions of the neighbourhood and its urban design.


3. Sharing and Discussion: - Let the participants present their impressions from the excursion and share their photographs.


4. Individual Analysis and Drawing: - Have participants select one photograph of an urban design from the neighbourhood. - Ask them to identify and sketch one specific detail from the chosen design on a sheet of paper.


5. Collective Drawing or Painting: - Gather as a group for each participant to present their detail, explaining their choice. - Generate a group collage by incorporating the detailed paintings/drawings and adding further ideas to the paper. For example, you can create a collage around the idea of how the urban space should look like and which elements of urban design, patterns, colours, shapes should be present in public space.