Winter is a natural time of rest, silence, stillness. Underground seeds slowly absorb nourishment. No hurry, waiting for their renaissance – that we name spring. I would like to invite you to welcome this special time of the year. So please, not consider it as a workshop, but a collective ritual to celebrate the rebirth and the new beginning that follows each end.
First, let’s prepare what needed. Cover the entire surface of a table with a sheet of paper (better if a 200 gram cardboard) and fix it so that it will not move. Then draw randomly scattered colored dots on the sheet. Finally, display some artistic materials on another table or support (markers, colored pencils, oil or wax crayons, watercolors, etc.). A variable number of people of all ages can participate, but it is also possible to have a more intimate and contemplative experience on your own. Of course, the size of the table will be proportional to the number of the participants.
Each colored dot is like a seed that, after resting for the whole winter, is now ready to bloom and expand into whatever shape, not necessarily the realistic shape of a flower. Color can finally release its energy and flow, occupying a space. Each partecipant can move around the table and choose a seed at a time.
How can the chosen color-seed you grow up and develop? Try to listen to it, to leisurely observe it for a moment… What is its expansion strategy? Through points, lines, areas, shapes? How and where is it going to move?
The development of any plant element depends on both the seed and the soil where it is located. Similarly, signs and shapes will be influenced by both the artistic tools used for drawing and the type of paper that covers the table. For example, on a smooth paper markers will trace a kind of line different than on a rough or wet paper.
Very different shapes will probably emerge and will gradually occupy the space of the sheet, getting closer to each other. How do they react?
Finally, the whole sheet will turn into a large flower garden. The work can be considered completed when all participants are satisfied with the result and perceive an overall harmony of the composition.
Above all, do not rush. You cannot force any blade of grass to grow …
Enjoy the spring!
Many thanks to Adriana, Antonella, Rita and Viviana for the garden in the picture above.