Before the workshop, try to find examples of different kinds of art on the Internet to inspire the participants, if they don’t have ideas of their own.
If facilitators have no prior experience of working creatively, it is recommended to consult with someone who has. Invite that person to co-facilitate and help supervise the creation of the art pieces.
1. Thank the participants for coming and start the workshops by saying:
“Today we have come together to create unique art pieces or events that will contribute positively to the local community and give joy to our neighbours. We will use this meeting to brainstorm what we want to do and make plans on how to do this. We need to work out what resources we need and who will do what. After this meeting we will work together and put these plans into action.”
2. Ask the participants to brainstorm what kinds of art they would like to create. Remind them that art can be made in many different forms and with a variety of resources. Encourage participants to ‘think outside the box’ with their ideas. In other words, they should not restrict their ideas to ‘traditional’ works of art, such as paintings, stone sculptures, etc.
3. List all the ideas on a flipchart or chalkboard.
4. If they do not have many ideas, show examples of other projects that you have found on the Internet.
5. Once participants have shared all their ideas, ask them to look at the list and choose a maximum of three projects. Start narrowing the list by asking each person to indicate his or her three favourite projects.
6. You can count how many times a project is chosen as favourite, and choose the three with the most votes, or choose by majority agreement. Make sure the three choices are realistic and can be done with the resources available, both in terms of materials and the capabilities of the group.
7. Reflect on the positive and/or negative aspects of each of these projects and work out how each of the projects can contribute positively to the community to make sure they are the correct choices.
8. Now discuss each of the three projects in depth, exploring what is needed to create them.
9. Make a plan for each of the projects. You can use the following questions to guide the plan:
• Where will the art project be displayed when it is finished?
• What resources are needed?
• Who will take responsibility for accessing the resources?
• When will participants meet to work on the project?
• Who will do what in terms of the actual creation of the art?
10. Discuss how long each group has to create their art project and agree on a time frame that works for everyone.
11. When you have comprehensive plans for all three art projects, end the activity by saying:
“Art can have a positive impact on people, both as a way of enabling people to express themselves, and as a way of making the community beautiful. It brings value to a community and can be a source of pride for both the artists and the community. We will all meet again when the art has been created and is displayed in the community.”
After the introductory workshop, support and motivate the participants in the creation of the chosen pieces of art. There are no instructions for these activities, as they depend on what kinds of art forms the participants choose.
When the pieces of art have been created and are on display in the community, hold a final meeting with the participants. See the instructions for this meeting below:
1. Welcome the participants, and congratulate them on the creation of the pieces of art that are on display in the community.
2. Explain that you have asked them to come together again to reflect on the process of creating the art and how they feel about having their art displayed in the community.
3. Start by asking them to share their reflections on the process of creating the art.
4. When everyone has had the opportunity to contribute, ask them how they feel about having their art on display in public places.
5. End the activity by thanking all the participants for their hard work, and encourage them to keep creating art as a positive way of expressing themselves and contributing to the community.