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Creative Phase Activities
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Creating a collective miniature painting with collage technique


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

Material needed


Acrylic pain, paper and water

Brushes, pencils, pencil sharpener,  eraser

Objects for frottage

Pictures taken from a museum, from home, from the street, from a book, etc.


Time frame

Between 240 and 480 minutes (from 2 to 4 occasions)


The trainer shall be knowledgeable in the artistic methods and shall have some digital skills in visual content making.
It is a the co-creative exercice to make a collective artwork. It is based on a collection of images, patterns or objects gathered in a museum, at home, form an art catalogue or simply from images taken from the net to which participants will give new personal meanings.

It is particulary recommended for people with middle-eastern origin.

Medieval Iranian and Turkish miniature paintings with their hundreds of small narrative details and with the many different patterns and ornaments appearing within one painting side by side, can be a great inspiration to create collective artworks with the collage technique. It also enables you to work each of you, both independently on your own detail and your pictorial universe, both collectively by putting these elements together and co-crating the narrative.

Based on a collection of photos and objects from the museum, from home, etc. participants create their own personalized ornaments. First each participant work independently on separate papers. 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.



Another idea can be to use the frottage technique.
Here one needs an item that leaves an ornamental imprint e.g. a leaf. Take e.g. the leaf and place it under the paper. Now take a pencil and press it onto the paper underneath the leaf. Slowly, by rubbing it,  you will recognize the leaf’s imprint on the paper.

With the same technique, you can get the imprint of any other texture with relief.

Afterwords, your individual ornaments created by drawing,  painting or frottage technique will be integrated into the collective composition.



In the Berlin workshop, we decided to create a big Miniature painting since it is an art form that comes from the Middle East.


The participants have seen an enlarged version of a page's detail of the manuscript of Shah Tahmasp, an illustrated copy of the Persian epic poem, the Shahnameh created in the 16th century.

We were inspired to draw a similar one.


We co-created the scene to depict and added the missing narrative elements. 


There was a twist in the creation of the women : they decided to change the story of the painting by adding a female figure into the painting. Furthermore, the women added ornaments and items from their own home into the painting and personalised it thereby.