Super Colouring-In Page
Working with Kingston Arts and their annual Maker's Market, we created a super colouring page for people to enjoy and colour-in. The idea was to create a fun theme that can hep the children and families identify with as part of their community. We chose the theme of animals having fun at the beach, as the beach is a famous feature of Kingston. It had to be imaginative also, and so I created a bunch of different animal characters doing different things, such as a meditating elephant and skateboarding rooster. Following this, on two big wooden platforms, the design was drawn just like a colouring-in book - black lines on white.
During the art workshop, a casual system of parents and kids walking in and doing as much - or as little - as they pleased. I encouraged the use of textures, colour combinations and other fun techniques for the participants. By the end of it, we had a really cool painting!
During the workshop all participants were involved in a series of creative thinking activities to help them generate imagery for the final outcome. All in all, there were a total of 120 people that we divided into 21 groups, with each group painting one bird. These birds, representing team goals, were placed on the city backdrop and the showpiece of the final art installation.
After the first meeting, the idea of birds grabbed everyone's imagination and intuitively seemed to fit, so we developed this idea into a flock of birds. Within a flock of birds, each bird is unique, but together they fly with a common purpose, which was a perfect visual metaphor for capturing the team essence of this workshop. The final digital artwork was actually used as a printed version in other offices.
Some of the early concepts below. Playing with the flock of birds idea, flying over the city, as well as use of textures.