FROM ORNAMENT TO ADORNMENT:
How to Create Your Cultural Art Piece?

Materials needed :

none
 

Overall objectives

- Developing skills in visual and digital content making and in visual storytelling 
- Rediscovering and reusing skills
- Awake awareness about environmental protection through recycling materials

 



- Women and/or children with migrant or refugee background

Recommended for


- people with migrant or refugee background. 

The local RE-STOR-E workshop of CRN was held with the participation of Kurdish & Turkish ladies between 55 and 75 years old living in Berlin.

Duration

7 days

Tips

To introduce the workshop, it is helpful if the animator has language skills, artistic &
pedagogical skills, and cross cultural  knowledge.

In our specific case, it war also important to know how to work with mentally unstable women.

Time frame:

90 minutes

Specific objectives

1. Energizing the ladies and to have some fun.
2. Explaining  the workshops’ objectives

1. Ice-breaking conversation
about local culture and culture of origin

As an ice-breaking activity, you can initiate a general conversation about the participants home country and its culture.

 

Questions that you may ask:

What is different in German culture ? What is the same? What is that you like/dislike in each culture?

Afterwords, you can present the workshop's programand the main concepts such as recycling.

2. Museum visit to Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Specific objectives

 

1. Discovering historic culture and its atrefacts,
reconnecting with the artefacts from Turkey and comparing them to the other exhibits in the museum


2. Getting familiar with the museum landscape in Berlin, and the Pergamon Museum in specific.

Time frame

4 hours

Material needed

- Cell phones to take pictures
- Metro tickets
- Museum tickets

Tips


To animate the museum visit, it is useful to have language skills, knowledge of the
museum, knowledge of the
artefacts and knowledge of the cultures that are displayed through art.

While visiting the exhibitions, share ideas about what a
museum can do to preserve artefacts. 

 

Concentrate on the ancient artefacts of the region that the participants come from, to connect with them and to  see that the city of Berlin has a part of the museum dedicated to their own. cultural background.
 

In this museum visit, you will explore what is familiar for your target group. 

 

Ask participants to take pictures and videos of the artefacts that speak to them, that have an interesting pattern or color, or remind you of your own culture or childhood.

3. Your home as a museum

Specific objectives
 


1. Documenting esthetic elements, symbols from home

2. linking them to artworks previously discovered.

3. inciting analogical thinking

4. rediscovering elements of visual culture of origin

5.  learning skills in concise verbal expression

Material needed

- Cell phones

Time frame

It is an individual exercise for which you can let them a few days up to one week.

Ask the participants to walk through ones own home as if it was a museum and rediscover what they own and think about where they bought it, why they bought it and if it
has a connection to their culture.

 

Ask them to collect objects that have pattern or ornaments connected to their home culture and or to the Berlin culture.

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You can also turn the activity into a story-telling exercise by asking the participants to write down in1or 2 sentences in local language or in language of origin:

Where does the picture, objects, ornament come from and how is it related for you to the photos that they took previously?

If accessing one’s home is not possible (due to the workshop taking place in another city or due to time or other reasons) it is possible to either draw from the memory or to start a google search for specific ornaments that one remembers from one’s own home.

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4. CREATIVE  PHASE

Part 1: Body mapping &  Blind portraits

Specific objectives
 


1. Creative ice-breaking

2. Express feeling visually

3. Rethink relationship between body, emotions and souvenirs

4. Introduce playfulness into the activities to prepare creative phase.

Material needed

- Papers
- Gray and colorful pencils
- Erasers

Time frame:

60 - 90 minutes

In order to break the seriousness of the first exercise, you can introduce a playful activity into your program, called Body mapping.

Originally, the exercise begins with forming pairs. 

One if the two lays down on a huge brown paper in the position he or she wants to.

 

Then they have to draw the outlines of each others' bodies on the paper and, finally each of them will fill out the outlines of his or her own body with images of objects, words or anything else that are important for them as memories or parts of their identity or goals, desires, etc. connected to a specific body part.

 

 

 

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Since the women who participated to our workshop are mostly not feeling well due to illnesses, we decided that we draw a body outline and the women have to fill in that body with their emotions connected to a specific body part, or to let them draw the outlines themselves in a smaller size than in the original version.

It can be an option for any other public who, for different reasons, might be too shy to try out the Body mapping's original version.

You can also add other playful creative exercises to your workshop series, as we did, inspired by the activities proposed by RE-STOR-E and transform them to adapt to your public's needs.

The Blind portrait exercise was inspired by the Collective  portrait which consists of sitting in a double circle face to face in pairs. The models sit in the inner circle, the painters in the outer one.

Painters has a paper, a support to draw on,  a brush and a previously chosen personal color.

The painters sitting in the outer circle are moving around, so that each of has 3 - 5minutes to draw a detail of  each model's portrait.

If you feel that your public wold not feel at ease with this exercise, because of  their difficulty to move quickly or any reason, you can transform this exercise into an individual portrait making by adding playful constraints.

As for us, we  gave the women the task to draw each other, without looking at the paper.

 

This method was very joyful for the women because the results were very funny and it lifted the heaviness of the first exercise.

Part 2: Mixing the foreign and the known
miniature painting with collage technique

Specific objectives

1.Enhancing competences in visual perception
2. Recycling and rediscovering cultural and visual heritage
3. Learning about co-creation, working in group
4. Empowering creative processes and visual education
5. Foster self-expression and satisfaction
6. Enhancing cultural diversity
and creating cultural encounters
7. Improving skills in the use of digital tools
8. Acquiring new skills in digital content making

Time frame

Between 4 and 8 hours:
(from 2 to 4 occasions)

Material needed

CRAFT TOOLS

-  Acrylic pain, paper,  water

-  Brushes, pencils

-  Pencil sharpener,  eraser

-  Objects for frottage

-  Pictures taken from the museum


DIGITAL TOOLS:
- Cell phones

Tips

The trainer shall be knowledgeable in the artistic methods a trainer who have digital skills in visual content making.


 

To introduce the co-creative phase to produce our collective artwork, participants were asked to show and  present photos they made during the exhibition and at home.

 

Together we decided to  work with paper, acrylic and frottage method for the final  product.


We discussed how  patterns and ornaments from each culture can be used universally in their own private life and how their cultural mix between the home country and Germany is something unique to themselves.

Try to build a connection through the artefacts in the museum and those that you have at home. Can you find any similarities? What is different? What are patterns/ornaments/colors that followed you throughout your life? Can you connect them to give them a new meaning.

Based on the collection of photos and objects from the museum and from home, participants create their own personalized ornaments. First each participant may work independently on separate papers as, out of these, at the end you will create a collage.

You can use drawing, coloring and painting techniques, 

work with colorful pencils or with acrylic paint.