It took two years for us to bring people outside Report Bee to be a part of our non/Naan Creative meet. This time, We worked along with Team Everest (NGO) to bring kids from Kottur High School. The Team NC helped the kids to do some crazy art in the pots.
We decided to try Pot Painting and luckily the date stood on March 25th, The 25th NC meet/activity. The 3 hour session started at 10.00 in the morning and was over by lunch. Few kids were open and interactive while few took time to interact. Some preferred to remain calm and observant.
Praveen kumar, narrating a story of his Dragon pot and Samurai Lady.
We expected the event to be fun and engaging. Instead, the kids enthralled us with their creativity and perfection. We, as a team, tried our hands on some pot painting before experimenting it with the kids. When compared to what we did, the kids were way ahead of us.
To us, this activity brought much of joy as we got to interact with kids in our premises. They were free to take the pots they like and we have a couple of pots left with us. As a token of love, We will be gifting these pots of love hope and joy to our guests!
It was our first NC meet at the new office. This time, I decided to use less tools as my belief in art has always been on tools like pen, pencil, brush, mouse and marker. As a result, the confidence has always been dependent on the type of tools I get to use. Using only the thumb restricts many forms and I want to know how it works. Thumb art is usually for kids in kindergarten to enhance hand coordination. Here I decided to check the extent of imagination in adults. After 10 minutes of brainstorming where and when we use our thumb, we started the activity. The answers varied from using a smartphone to screen recognition pattern and lot more.
No one had used their thumb to do any art. With the shape of a thumb, the art form flows along with creativity and thinking skills. The possibility of creating anything you can imagine makes it more exciting.
1st NC meet at collaboration room at new office.
What you need :
A sheet of paper
Black marker/ gel pen
Any color paint
Thumbs and fingers
It’s quick. It’s simple. It’s Creative.
Many of them preferred to check online. While few tried replicating, few tried reproducing. And some of them took the influence alone and tried to bring that intensity in their work.
And here is the outcome of Thumb art!
Outcome of Thumb Art!
A man flying with a pool of balloons, two little bees, monkey and butterflies, shiva, a colour palette, a couple of trees, reindeer(s) pulling the sledge, dogs etc.
Unlike adults, kids have an extensive imagination. They don’t mind the risk factor. With adults, the pressure and fear factor pops up in all stages that we don’t enjoy the art or its process. Whereas we compete and submit to the pressure. This I believe can be changed over time.
Suganthi : The activity was new to me and I usually like to learn as much as possible through the NC meets. Everyone felt awesome and had different experience while making an art using their own finger instead of any tool. Though I did a simple bird, It came out really well. Thanks for the interesting activity.
Jack : I’ve heard of thumb art, but this is the first time I got to try it. Wow! What many things can be done with the thumb compared to a brush!!
After giving it a try, now I find the brush a little difficult to use as fingers seem to be more comfortable and give a personal touch to the art Thanks to Jeevan for bringing in the new form! Cheers!
Finally, the Card flipped to me – Naan Creative Jack!
I am happy to represent the 5th NC meet. Firstly, I’ll give a quick overview of what is Non (Naan) – Creative.
A Bunch of like-minded People at work believed in the creativity hidden in each and every one of us. We thought we should do something to bring it out. So, we started a club in Report Bee for all the ‘Non creative’ bees out here. We usually have assumptions about ‘creative people’ and ‘non-creative people’. We tend to think that ‘creative people’ are a naturally gifted species while non-creative people are not.
To break all the myths and to learn from the common, we kick started with this idea.
The idea was simple. We wanted to search for and bring back the creative child in every one of us whom we had lost somewhere along the way. We wanted to establish a platform to unleash our childhood craziness.
It was planned that we would organize an activity every month for all the interested ‘kids’ in here. Each month a person from the team would organize/co-ordinate the session while the rest of the participants learn from him/her.
This is how Jack turned into a ‘Creative Jack’! Yes. I was the co-ordinator for NC-5.
Usually we let know the participants about the activity beforehand so that they come prepared. But this time I kept it a secret. I did not even give a hint about the activity. All I said was, to keep themselves available on the following Friday ( July 31, 2015).
Our usual meeting place for the activity is a conference room in the Ameex premise. It’s a well structured office space with comfortable chairs and tables. But this time I wanted to go to a different place, wanted my team to explore a new environment. I did not want the same kind of activity. So I took them to a new venue. And we went there carrying nothing with us. Every one of them was eager to know what the activity was.
I took them to the new building of our office. This is where Report Bee was going to move in a few days. The new office was a very old Duplex Villa that needed to be shaped into a working office space. I took the team around the entire half-finished office filled with dust. I let them take a good view of it. Then I divided the participants into 5 different teams and gave them the blue print of the new office space with these as specifications.
I told them to imagine that they were the interior designers for the designated rooms. (Ex: Karan & Jiva for Collaboration Room) I asked each team to think, be creative and visualize the office space and make it employee friendly. I gave them 30 minutes of time to finish this activity.
The only other rule for the activity was that it should be beyond our expectations.
Each and every team came up with their own imagination and concept. By the end of this activity, each team had to explain their visualization to other team members. We were forced to think beyond our limitations. Since none of us are interior designers by profession, everyone had to kindle their creativity and imagination to finish the task.Real user needed design flow out!
Team A: Karan & Jiva | Collaboration Room
Team B: Yesvanth & Suganya | Main Entrance
Team C: Harish & Sathish | Kitchen
Team D: Shanmuga Vel & Hari | Terrace
Team E: Danil & Suganthi | Outdoor Recreation area
Often, the participants are the key takers. But here I’m the real key taker. The ideas shared by the participants helped me in brainstorming with our official interior designers. The plan is partially implemented and we’ve now moved into the new office. I can see happy people at work. I’ve got a new perspective on what people expect their workspaces to be, other than being just an office building.
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