Corporate Team Building Workshops

You will be in the heart of The Distillery Historic District immersed in this artistic community while enjoying your own creative session in a large studio.

Who you are:

You are leaders who care about the growth of your organization, inspiring and potentially assisting other organizations to excel in their performance. You recognize the value of collaboration of creative minds for a successful outcome.

How I can contribute:

Working in a number of creative fields as an architect, professional artist and educator has given me the opportunity to learn skills necessary to develop flexibility in thinking. My goal is to lead a hands-on art-based project bringing fun, excitement and inspiration to your team, showing that creative skills can be transferable to any business challenge.

The entire session will be experiential, from breaking into a “blank canvas” with the first brushstroke, to mixing colours to discover the visual impact in their interaction.

The act of painting is a fascinating process. It transports you to a world of innovation by looking for creative strategies, shifting from linear thinking to a more integrated left brain/right brain thought process. The development of a conceptual idea to its execution through different steps of critical thinking and observation is key to the end result of your team’s journey.

The Project:

Based on a proposed theme and the interests of your group, projects will vary from painting to working on collage and mixed media. Members will divide into teams, either working on a shared or separate assignment depending on the objective of the workshop. Each group will experience their own unique process and subsequent end result.

Objective:

The process will involve spontaneous brainstorming, setting out goals, analyzing creative strategies, observation and visualization, searching for innovative contributions by considering the art assignment from different perspectives, letting go of preconceptions and building on the ideas of others. Some of the tools that I will introduce to you for this session and beyond will include gaining an appreciation for the power of colour, paint application, use of symbols, design and composition.

Steps:

  1. Introduction to the project; general explanation of the theme, objectives and tasks involved
  2. Preliminary group discussion about the steps; visual demonstration
  3. Individual group brainstorming in how to tackle the task
  4. Group discussion of the process, experience and artworks

How you will benefit:

  • Stimulate creativity and imagination when approaching problem resolution
  • Discover inspiration and innovative thoughts from within
  • Apply new creative skills transferable to daily business operations
  • Implement new ways of approaching a task (break it down, focus on its parts and zoom back out to rediscover a new whole)
  • Boost confidence to deal with the unexpected
  • Enhance flexibility of thinking and observational skills to find new connections
  • Promote open communication among teammates
  • Strengthen team performance by building on ideas of others
  • Infuse energy to the group

I will share with your team my expertise and enthusiasm. Everything is included and it will be ready for you, from the studio to visual samples and art supplies including easels, acrylics, gels, brushes, palette knives, spreaders, large canvases and any miscellaneous materials for the activity.

To receive more information about the workshop, discuss your team goals and possible projects, location, dates, and quote, please email.

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Recent Corporate Team Building Workshops:

Deloitte, Toronto, Ontario

Twenty managers from Deloitte gathered at a studio at The Distillery District to participate in a workshop to illustrate the power of creativity and innovation in teamwork as a fun experience. The workshop was designed as part of their Leadership Team meeting. Divided in 5 teams, each group created a large artwork based on the proposed theme “Transformation”. Everybody experimented with different techniques using a variety of tools to achieve the desired effects. Each piece was unique. During the process I witnessed laughs among interesting discussions, and great explanations of the experience at the end of the session.

Link: Deloitte Website

“I thought the evening was very effective in having our team use their “creative talents” as well as enjoying the team building experience. Thanks for all of your efforts and sharing your passion of art with us!” Calvin Buss, Managing Director Global Audit Quality & Transformation, Deloitte


[in]tempo, Ottawa, Ontario

“Our philosophy is getting “inside” a project. We believed in getting involved. It’s what’s inside what matters” Marianne Dupont & Marcqus Laver

Taking their philosophy beyond their daily designs, [in]tempo partners asked me to lead an art workshop with all the staff members, clients and product representatives in their Ottawa office. Divided in 4 teams, 20 participants had to recreate a new composition based on a given image. The objective was to make a preliminary study by tearing the image apart creating a collage. Every group exchanged ideas by looking at the image from different points of view. Exploring colour mixing and the use of spreaders, large brushes and palette knives, each team created abstracted artworks that were proudly displayed in the office.

Link: [in]tempo Website

“Lydia is a great educator and artist. We share the passion for the Arts. As a designer I understand what creativity does for the soul, so I thought… Let’s bring a creative fun experience to the corporate world! Let’s show to other organizations how they can benefit from engaging their members in playing together…by expressing themselves… by being involved in a different activity that will transform the group…” Marianne Dupont, Partner, [in]tempo


Maddan Group, Mississauga, Ontario

Linda Simopoulos, principal of the firm, and an artist herself, invited a group of clients, (among them interior designers and product representatives) to share a fun painting experience in my studio. Although everyone had no previous experience in acrylics, they were able to produce amazing artworks. I coached the group in every step of the project providing guidance in colour mixing and techniques. To their surprise everyone came out with a very personal resolution.

Link: Maddan Group Website

“A fabulous workshop filled with energy, creativity & colour!  Lydia makes it easy & fun to walk away with our own masterpiece!” Linda