OrnaMental Map workshop
1 or 2 weeks (2 workshops)
- 1introduction (1 hour)
- 1external activity : walk in the city (1 hour)
- 1 blended part (taking pictures at home)+ searching for an object to be recycled
- 1 co-creative workshop (2 hours)
Skills to learn and objectives
- improving kills in visual content making
- soft skills (work in group)
- awaking awareness about environment through recycling
- discovery of local visual environment
- improving skills in story telling, sharing experience
- improving verbal skills and divided attention
- creating bridge between local culture, culture of origin and each other.
Recycling exercise with the
OrnaMental Maps technique
OrnaMental maps is a method to create half-consciously drawn geometric ornament on recycles objects based on a collection of ornaments.
Why to work with ornaments ?
Ornaments have dozens of different uses, functions and meanings broadcasting universal and very specific messages at the same time. Their main characteristics that make them apt to reuse and recycle :
they are free from ideology still they are closely connected to ethnic, religious or cultural identities
they can be adapted to many different material and digital artistic medias
there are easy and simple methods to create them even without having special artistic skills
creating them has a therapeutic aspect and a calming effect.
They are everywhere and it's possible to approach many different topics through them.
Ornaments are everywhere! Think about what they look like, how could things be turned into 2 dimensional geometric ornaments.
Step 2 :
Take a walk outside in your own neighborhood and make some photos about anything that can be transformed into geometric ornament, such as drainers, fence, pavement, even wheels :
Step 3 :
Now look around at home. Pick up some objects such a piece of cloth, a book or anything else containing or representing geometrical ornaments. It can be an object with a personal story, which is important for you for some reason or something linked to your culture of origin. Such as this pillow with Hungarian folk patterns or this scarf embroidered by Syrian ladies. Take some photos about these too.
Step 1 (Introduction) :
Trainers explain what an ornament is, they show examples from different visual cultures
They give instructions about how to take quality pictures