Slow Living through Art

To whom is it recommended?

If you feel under pressure of your daily routine or with all the things you do every day, delving into the art world could recharge your batteries and decrease the level of stress and tension. One of the ways is to start a creative activity – painting, drawing, sculpturing, crafting, etc.

But there is another – faster and easier way – just to contemplate an artwork. And to try to find your own meaning in it (not to look for what ‘the author wanted to say’ or what a well-known art critic or expert has written).

Then, if you want to try and create something, you will know from where to start – from the message which you want to convey with your work. And from then on – just to build and ameliorate your drawing, sculpturing or crafting skills.


What do we offer?

We do two types of events:

  • „Thematic voyages in art, in the form of brief thematic art appreciation reviews. They are suitable for everybody who is curious and want to learn more about different art styles, movements, genres and artists, wishes to be able to compare and contrast different artworks and to find the messages in them. This format can be adapted to people with disabilities or to elders diagnosed with early stages of dementia, as part of individual or group therapeutic activities with them.
  • „I, the Non-Artist (brief creative challenges for decreasing stress levels and recharging through art) and the Programme for stress reduction and dealing with burnout “Mindfulness*2”. They are suitable for everybody who feels overburdened and tired from ‘busy life’ and wants to ‘take a breath’, to delve (at least for a while) in the world of art and to decrease their stress level. Or for those, who want to try and do something with their hands, so to explore their creative potential and recharge their batteries. This format is suitable also for team activities, as part of companies’ wellness programmes.

The events are based on the art appreciation training method and help participants learn how to take an ‘inner look’ into the artwork, to be able to analyse it and to make new links and associations beyond the things, visible at first sight.

During the events we will do:

  • Brief amusing art history reviews of thematically selected artworks, their movements, authors and styles
  • Entertaining games what we ‘observe’ and what we ‘see’ in one artwork and how to find OUR own message (and meaning) in the work
  • Individual work including focused contemplation of two to three artworks, self-reflection and analysis of the work
  • Puzzle game “Telling the artwork with our own words”, which will give each participant an opportunity to express how he or she links with the artwork. Here, we have included different rounds with works from Classical and Modern art.

UPON REQUEST: we could add practical creative activities like making thematic collages and compositions, doing visual and narrative storytelling, making small craftworks using second-hand or recycled everyday objects, etc.

What do we learn at the end of the event?

The skill to ‘look’ (and ‘see’) works from Classical, Modern and Post-modern art (which will be very helpful next time we enter a museum or an art gallery), how to speak about them, but also – how to link them with ourselves, with our daily lives, with our work and the world around us. And of course, the drawing or the collage, which each participant has created.  

And more: We take a break from our intense daily routine, decrease stress levels, rechange our batteries and delve into the beautiful world of art

Duration: 60, 90 or 120 minutes (depending on the inclusion of additional activities and practical tasks)

Format: Online or face-to-face