Our third Activity within the project Participation and Integration of Refugees into Social Life was Art Activity: Painting.
Throught out our education we have all had art classes in Middle school and High school. It was obligatory subjects, but most of us were very fond of it because it was a relaxing class where we could rest our brain and use our Imagination. But since then most of us, except maybe people who are engaged in Art have continued this practice.
The aim of this project was realising creativity within the participants, let them use their imagination and for a while feel like children again.
Humans have had a relationship with art, in one form or another, since time immemorial. From prehistoric cave drawings to ancient instruments, it is obvious that art has always been and will continue to be an important part of our existence, regardless of race, political leanings, or cultural background.
There are many benefits of doing Art, such as:
–it stimulates the imagination; it help us open our mind and liberate our own unique thought, feelings, realization of the worlds and artist within us
–Art makes you more observant
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
–Art enhances problem-solving skills
Making art teaches that there is more than one solution to the same problem.
–Art boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment; regardless of our talent, we all feel good when we see our final work, because it was entirely our work and we are even surprised how good has it turned out
–Art reduces stress
Creating art can take your mind off life’s many stresses, at least momentarily. It clears some head space and allows one to focus on the good in life.
This Activity took place in Madam Tadia Hotel in Eskisehir. In a great conference room with an salon with many snacks for our participants.
Participants were divided into the five groups of four people, each group had to choose their name and painting theme. The choosen themes after division were Shadows, Flowers, Cartoon Characters, Animals and Nature.
Each group was given a set of water colors, pastels and crayons. With the music in the background, the painting began and our participants showed their great skills in painting.
We hope this drawings will encourage everyone to try to do painting again, this sort of neglected activity that anyone can do, everywhere and anytime.