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OrnaMental MAPPING


  • Exploring and sharing elements from one's visual culture and heritage

  • Raising awareness about the environment through recycling

  • Discovering the local visual environment - Improving skills in storytelling and sharing experiences

  • Improving verbal skills and divided attention

  • Creating bridges between the local culture, culture of origin, and each other.


  • visual storytelling

  • mapping

  • ornaments

  • visual heritage


90 minutes


  • storytelling

  • observation

  • manual skills

  • co-working skills


Purchasing a wooden board and other used material

Understanding the skills and circumstances of the participants


  • up-recyclable wooden board or any other wooden piece of furniture

  • pencils

  • erasers

  • acrylic paint

  • brushes

  • plastic containers (smaller recycled bottle tops to mix the paint and bigger ones for water)

  • eventually rules and compasses

  • varnish (to finalize the object and use it afterward)


1. Preparation: -

Ask the participants to bring photos of ornaments with geometric patterns they find in their homes, streets, or places of origin. Alternatively, take them on a walk in the neighbourhood and encourage them to collect photos of ornaments that remind them of their place of origin. - Collect smaller pieces of furniture, wooden boards that you don't use any more, or that you find on the street.

2. Introduction and setting the scene: -

Form groups of 2-4 participants and ask them to sit around one board or piece of furniture. - Ask the participants to share their photos and stories within their groups, such as where they took the photo and why it's important. Alternatively, suggest they talk about a specific topic, such as their visual experiences in the neighbourhood or their place of origin.

3. OrnaMental Mapping:

Guide the participants to draw with a pencil at different points of the board while continuing to discuss. Ask them to use the ornaments on their photos as a starting point for drawing and continue to develop it while they talk or listen to others. - As the patterns they draw expand on the surface, they will get close to each other. At that moment, they need to find common solutions to link the patterns together. - Linking the patterns is a symbolic gesture, and they need to think about how to unite different universes and create connections.

4. Adding colours:

Colours may introduce additional rhythms to the patterns, "break" them, or vary them. Colour may also be the key to a harmonious appearance of all the different geometric patterns. 5. Presentation and Discussion: - Ask each group to present their ornamental map, how they created it, and the topics raised during the discussions. - Let the group share their feelings and observations during the process.