Bring together your top clients and colleagues for a unique hands on art experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Painting classes at Santa Fe Painting Workshops offer corporate teams a unique opportunity to interact creatively, take risks, develop trust and form bonds with colleagues. Seasoned professional artists and instructors Andrea Cermanski and Dexter Wayne with almost four decades of experience teach students how to create their own abstract painting in a fun and engaging 2-hour class. Classes are customized for any skill level from beginner to advanced. Benefits of our class include:
Painting allows thought leaders and individuals to access different brain pathways. Creating art is a default mode network process that encourages divergent thinking and generating new solutions. In addition, painting is a relaxing activity that calms the mind.
For many of us, our day-to-day lives are busy with analyzing, calculating, debating and other executive control network functions. Doing an activity such as painting gives our analytical minds a break and re-charge simultaneously, which allows us to take on those tasks later with more clarity.
If we keep our brains in overcharge mode, then they get to a point where they can’t function efficiently. Further, it is well established that painting can clear our heads and prepare us for more demanding mental tasks equivalent to the benefits of exercising, taking a walk and meditating. Not only do painting classes invite us to access creative brain pathways, but they also calm our minds so that we are better suited to take on intense executive function tasks at a later time.
Putting paint on canvas alone is an intimidating act. It might not seem like it, but my 20+ years of teaching have shown me how fearful and vulnerable many people feel when they are asked to create art. This can translate to vulnerability or lacking confidence executives or employees can experience in making business decisions or enacting change. This class helps to promote the benefits of taking risks, build confidence and trusting themselves.
As students work on their paintings in my team-building classes, they encounter multiple opportunities for risk-taking because every artistic choice is 100% up to them. I do NOT teach students to copy another artwork as you find in many paint-and-sip classes; I teach them how to paint by explaining composition, color, and painting techniques, but then leave the design choices to them. Sometimes participants have to take creative risks, such as totally changing a part of the painting that is not working, but the more they take these risks, the more they develop inner-trust.
Not only does painting help individuals to develop a sense of inner-trust, but it also engenders trust with the participants in the room. Participants cannot hide the paintings they are doing–the product and the process of the artist is all right there in the room. What I find is that participants naturally shift into support roles for each other, perhaps because of the recognition of how challenging the painting process can be. When we feel encouraged and supported by colleagues, then we build more trust for them. This trust helps to strengthen relationships and form tighter bonds.
Relationships naturally get strengthened in the painting classes. Participants support, encourage and laugh with each other, and at the end of the class, each person presents their painting and receives feedback and comments from the group. Each one goes home with a painting, which serves as a memory of the bonding experience.
After the class, participants feel a unique bond that carries over into their workplace. The painting they created serves as a memory of the bonding experience, and can be hung on their office wall.
Visit my website and click here to email me for more information on booking a corporate or team-building painting class. We can customize our classes in a variety of options for your group, such as:
Your team will reap many benefits from a painting class together, and will return back to the office with an artwork to adorn its walls. The unique art experience in downtown Santa Fe can be customized for the group, and will be sure to create long-lasting memories.