5 reasons why you should use art for team building

IMG_5762Often we are too busy in our workplace to really get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. Teams may be separate due to their work duties, and rarely do you have time to chit-chat with management or people far away from your desk. Employees can feel distant from their managers, and without a pleasant, cohesive working environment, morale can soon dip low. Not to worry, though, this is where team building days can save the day!

Working together as a team- as equal colleagues- breaks barriers and can set the foundation for a trusting relationship. The better people know each other, the better they can deal with problems, and the likelier they are to support each other during tough times.

But why should you use art in your team building event? Here’s out top 5 reasons…

1. Fun

You will have oodles of fun- Guaranteed! ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, as they say. When we laugh, we release hormones that make us relax, reducing stress. Art is a fun, creative activity that can be enjoyed through fun team challenges, such as Musical Artists, where the team members have to swap canvases and continue from where the previous person finished.

2. Communication

As you are working with your team, you will develop communication skills when collaborating on a design. Discussing and deciding on colours, techniques and overall design  – a perfect time to hone those communication skills without thinking about it.

3. Negotiation

Ah, with a group of people working together on a shared canvas, negotiation skills are of utmost importance. Not only will you sharpen the skills during the session, but these will also be useful at work when talking and negotiation with a range of colleagues.

4. Strategy development

As a team you need to plan what you want to create: What will you paint? How will you paint it? Will it be a collective piece on one large canvas, or four different smaller canvases put together? Any specific colours you want to use or will everyone go freestyle?

You will need to develop a strategy to reach your goal, which is exactly what is needed in a workplace too. Strategic thinking and planning enables people to contribute effectively at work.

5. Friendly competition

By throwing in an element of competition, many people will be more motivated to work and try harder. Why not choose a winner of the best painting? Perhaps the competition is for the company’s Christmas card design? Winning as a team is always fun, so why not choose a team design!

Now that you know how beneficial art is for team building, get your crew together and channel your inner Picasso with strokes full of fun!

 

How to Choose Art for Styling Your Property for Sale

So you’ve decided to sell your house. Congratulations! You’ll want to make it look as good as possible, right? Well, gone are the days where you just did a quick tidy then open your doors to potential buyers. It is becoming more commonplace to style your home to showcase your home and make it look appealing buyers. And one of the quickest ways to instantly add style is to hang some new artworks on the wall.

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There are a few things to remember about the home’s art that will help enhance the look of the home.

The first and most important thing is to remove all family photos and personal art. I’m sure your children are beautiful and talented, but a potential buyer wants to imagine this house as their new home and it will be hard to do that when smiling strangers are literally still “hanging around.” Also don’t forget, that framed finger painting that your six-year-old gave you for your last birthday will have a place in your new home; take it down for now and pack it away until then.

Next take down all of those sporting team posters, celebrity pictures and framed memorabilia. I know they may be your pride and joy – but remember, the goal here is for people to picture this as their home and these images will distract them if they have other interests.

It should go without saying (but I will say it anyway) that very edgy art, such as some nudes, or political and religious symbols should not be hanging on your wall.

Lastly, beware of any small size artworks hanging on your wall. They may be making your room appear smaller than it really is. Read more about why you should go large with you art.

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So we’ve talked about all the “don’ts”; how about some “dos”?

First of all, do try to hang one big piece on a wall for the best impact. Or you can go for a gallery wall of smaller artworks that together create a bug impression.

Do hang fairly innocuous pieces, such as landscapes or abstracts. Modern abstract paintings are often best, they instantly bring a dated interior into the current time, give the impression of a more expensive room and add pops of colour.

Do choose artworks in colours that will complement the colours in your home.

And lastly do hang the centre of the artwork at about eye level for an average size person. Artwork hanging too high can make the ceilings appear lower and too low can again make the room look smaller than it really is.

It may sound like a lot of work, but don’t lose sight of your goal: to help potential buyers see themselves in your home and turn them into bidders on auction day!

Don’t be afraid to go BIG!

When it comes to art we like it BIG! Big art = big impact

Many of us tend to choose art that is too small for the wall. So rooms end up appearing a bit empty and art appears “swallowed up” in the space.

It’s an easy trap to fall into, its hard to visualise how big an artwork that sits on a crowded shop or gallery wall will look on your wall.

Most people are surprised at how large an artwork they can actually fit on their walls.

Even if you have a small room, placing the right larger artwork in the space can actually make it appear bigger. Look for artwork that will visually extend the space, such as light colours, abstracts and landscapes that viewers “look into” beyond the room instead of stopped their view at the wall.

And if you have the luxury of a large room, then maximise this by hanging large artwork on the walls. Not all walls need to be covered, in fact its best to leave some “white space” in a larger room. You’re better off choosing one large artwork than three or four smaller ones on each wall.

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Here’s a few guidelines to help you choose the right sized art…

  • Art should cover about two thirds of the wall
  • Be at least three quarters of the width of any furniture it hangs directly above
  • Hang about 20-30cm above the furniture
  • Position the centre of the art at eye level

Rules are made to be broken! Art can also look great off centre, overlapping decor and just leaning on the wall.

And of course there are also exceptions to the rules as well. For example a gallery wall of smaller artworks can all combine to create the the same look of one larger piece.

The most important rule when it comes to choosing the right size for your artwork is that you love the way it looks in your room.

The best way to get an idea of the right sized artwork for you is to blu-tac newspaper/butcher paper to the wall at the size you want and see what you think.

Or feel free to ask us for a free art preview in your space. Just send us a photo of the room and we’ll super-impose the art into it for you!