FROM ORNAMENT TO ADORNMENT:
How to Create Your Cultural Art Piece?
Materials needed :
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
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.
- Cell phones to take pictures
- Metro tickets
- Museum tickets
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
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
- Cell phones
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.
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.
4. CREATIVE PHASE
Part 1: Body mapping & Blind portraits
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.
- Gray and colourful pencils
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.