Clocking is ticking at 2pm on 16th April 2015. I still haven’t decided the activity for tomorrow. I am under little bit of pressure since I took up the responsibility to conduct the activity. But I am confident of doing a good job. I have been hunting around for various activities. Two main criteria for me to select an activity are
- Activity should be simple and engaging
- At the end of activity, each member should take the creative work back and place it on their work desk.
With this approach in mind, I shortlisted three activities
- Custom Mouse Pad based on Pixel Art
- Creating a design with waste DVDs
- Painting on pebbles (Rock Painting)
First two activities require some special materials and some pre-work to be done. So I zeroed in on activity 3 Rock Painting, which requires just paint, brush and pebble. And above all painting is fun. To know more about Rock Painting, google it. There is no limit to what can be achieved.
Left the office little early and bought 1 acrylic paint box (12 colours) and 13 brushes in 3 different sizes. Roughly spent around 250 bucks. I thought I can buy pebbles from local aquarium shop. I also have a backup plan for pebbles – My office has large number of pebbles in flower pots 😉
Next day the meetup started around 3pm. Last meetup we had 7 people, but this time around the number doubled. Its a large crowd, good for the Non Creative Club. Suganthi (Group Manager) started the meetup welcoming new members. Each new member introduced themselves with their interest and experience in arts and crafts. Its time for real action.
I started explaining about activity for the day ROCK PAINTING. Nobody has ever done this before and everybody was in wow when I showed some sample pics. The best part is the person who is conducting this activity (myself) is also the first-timer. That’s the beauty of being part of the Non Creative Club.
[In pic: What can be achieved though this activity]
Get Hands Dirty
To make sure the floor doesn’t get dirty with paint spilling, we covered it with waste newspapers. Now nothing can stop us from getting our hands dirty with paint. We split ourselves into 4 teams since we were slightly short of brushes. Each team grouped together and brainstormed the idea for painting. In about 30 mins almost everybody was seen with a pebble and a brush in their hand. It became an individual activity from team activity. Such was the enthusiasm people showed.
[In pic: Brainstorming]
Bring Down The Curtain:
It was an extremely fun atmosphere. People got soaked into the activity. Most of the people went on to paint even two pebbles. I got busy with my own painting. I painted a Monster and a Night Sky. Hours went by quickly and it was when clock struck 6pm we realised its time to bring down the curtain. We packed all materials and cleaned up the area.
We finally consolidated all the creative work. I must confess that I was in total awe looking at them. I never expected such quality output since this being first time for everybody. It looked so colourful. Kudos to each and everyone one. It was an evening to remember and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
[In pic: Team striking a pose with their painted pebbles]
Feedback From The Team:
I collected few feedbacks from the team.
Jack enthusiastically said
“Our usual famous phrase ‘Lets Rock the Show’. Really meaning to this Phrase was proved at the 2nd NON-CREATIVE meetup. Rock Painting by Karan – We rocked the show :)”
Young Mothi opened up with a wide smile
“I could not even imagine how creativity can be brought out from stones in and around you! Second meet up turned all the stones colourful. Was a great and vibrant meet up.”
Manager Suganthi echoed
“I never had an experience in painting until that activity. So I was instructed by my team and started to paint. But end of the meeting, I was thrilled with the result of my first painting. So I felt that trying something new always has its hurdles. But once you get over them, it’s often smooth sailing. Had a fun and fantastic activity.”
Thank you all for participating in this activity.
If you think you are the kind of person who is not creative and hesitant to participate in our meetup, then you are the person we are looking for. You should definitely come and join us in the next meetup, because we are just like you. Together we will travel the path towards creativity.