Adult paint nights and “Paint and Sips” have gained massive popularity in the past years for providing a relaxing atmosphere to be creative with friends and family.
But paint and sips are not just for Friday nights with the girls - participating in art creation with your coworkers and employees could be just the thing your office needs to create happier and healthier relationships between team members that results in boosted company morale, increased communication, and over all improved productivity.
Here are few reasons to choose a painting event for your next team-building initiative:
1. Relaxed environment
There may be many options out there for team-building events, but not many of them provide a relaxed, stress-free environment in which to interact with your team like an art-making event. The painting activity serves as a focus task that provides common ground rather than a high-stakes project where perfection is the goal. Instructors lead your group through the pre-planned project that can be easily followed along, while leaving room for chatting, bonding, and general enjoying oneself and the company of those around.
2. Refreshed Creativity
The act of creating a painting encourages participants to utilize their creative problems-solving skills and can encourage even “art-phobic” students to gain confidence in their creativity when they see what they can accomplish.
Creativity in the workplace doesn’t mean prettier spreadsheets, but translates to creative thinking and creative problem solving. By practicing creativity and practicing as a group, you’re making an investment in your team’s outside-the-box solutions and ability to see and meet challenges differently.
3. Low-Stakes Risk Taking
We often see participants who are SURE they are terrible at creating art and that they would NEVER be able to make a successful painting. But by working step-by-step with our team-building instructors, we show participants how to break the challenge of the painting into smaller achievable parts.
By the end of the class, they have their own beautiful rendition of the painting and teams leave with a sense of accomplishment, and excitement for conquering a fun challenge together as a group. Not only does this create a closer bond between members and a boost to personal confidence, but by providing a positive experience that pushed them outside their comfort zones, they may be more willing to step outside their comfort zones in the future as well.
4. Reduced Stress
Stress in the office not only decreases productivity, majorly lowers moral AND accounts for many employee absences, but it’s also contagious.
However, the act of art making has been proven to reduce stress and can have positive effects on your employees’ bodies and minds. A 2016 study showed that up to 75% of participants who participated in an art session experienced a reduction in their cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
Team painting events provide an excellent way to foster unity in a non-competitive, creative environment with an experience that focuses on self-expression, creativity, and relationship building.
Learn more about our Team-Building Paint Events and how we can benefit your next office group activity here.