When I designed the Canvas Creek Experience there was a more than one moment of doubt, more than one worry that it would not be successful with teams. The concept was completely different than anything else being done with teams. At the time, the formula was based on Tunisian art rules, used in times of conflict, but not necessarily for building a team. As we challenged, tested, and improved the process we cemented five key ingredients that make this team building successful.
In the end this story, no matter how paint splattered, gives the team a sense of pride. That pride is what goes back to the office.
- 90% of the people in the room are not artists, thus they are worried they can’t complete the process and quickly acquiesce to the idea that together they might be able to complete the task.
- The roles we assign and the ‘rules’ we ask teams to follow set the team up for success. It’s not just throwing paint at a canvas and hoping something sticks, the process works because there is a process. We can tell you exactly what a team should be doing by the minute, and we have ways of helping them achieve those milestones, if necessary.
- The art always tells a story. It captures both individual expression and the power of group think. Group think is powerful, and when the team plugs into this creative flow you can feel the electricity in the room. The movements get bigger, the expressions are bigger, and chaos seems to rein, but in fact the team is telling their story. In the end this story, no matter how paint splattered, gives the team a sense of pride. That pride is what goes back to the office.
- Art hung in the office or facility. This is the real power of this team building. The team sees their art, remembers their shared experience, and the bond is strengthened. Often we hear of team members standing in front of the art, their heads tilt to the left, they tilt to the right and they even reach out and touch elements that are important to them. It’s not a waste of time, it is ROI. It is a reminder of what they learned about each other, and what they can do together.
- The art can not be completed alone, and it would not be complete without each person’s contribution to the canvas. This is incredibly important. Imagine your staff knowing that their contribution to the team is valuable in every way, every day. It is not just the singular contribution, it is how the team used their element and built on it. How the team’s art was better because of each brush stroke. This is liberating for team members.
The art could not be completed alone, and it would not be complete without each person’s contribution to the canvas.
Canvas Creek is used by businesses, it is used by families, it is used by nonprofits. Sometimes we launch into goal setting, mission refining, family healing, celebrating, or embracing change. The reason for jumping into the creek may change, but the process never does, because it works. And the reason it works is the people. We can’t make art without them; their spirits, fears, skills and willingness to try something they might fail at if it weren’t for the team. People going through a great process is what makes Canvas Creek successful.
We love what we do, and we’d love to do it with your team! Call us at 855-832-6278 today.