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THE SECRET TO UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL        – Is far easier than you think! Last week I facilitated an Art Masterpiece team building workshops with a high profile client in Melbourne. Opening the event I asked the participants the dreaded question, “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” To which I heard nothing but crickets. Now this response wouldn’t normally surprise me however I considered this company to be operating in a particularly creative field. When I probed a little further I found that the majority of staff did not consider themselves to be creative for in their words, “they could not draw!” They held strong to this belief and we where about to partake in a 3 hour art workshop… yikes! We pressed along as I guided them through a series of activities where their skills scaffolded allowing each participant to stretch and strengthen their right brain and creative ability. 2 hours in and the very same staff members now proudly displayed amazing, expressive works of art and a creative confidence exuded from their being. Asked the same question again “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” and the answer was an resounding “I do!” Admittedly throughout this process there was quite bit of drawing involved and yeah the ability of the individuals mentioned was less than crash hot but big stinking deal! Drawing is simply the ability to make a mark on something, and is absolutely no indicator to one’s creative ability. Creativity is a frame of mind, a way of looking at the world not an measure of ones artistic talent.   We need to dispel this myth that “I can’t draw a life portrait so that means I’m not creative”, and accept the reality that just by being human you innately are!  Granted you may have closed that possibility a long, looooooong time ago but regardless, the fact is you are! Just take a look at a group of kindergarten students anywhere between the age of 4 and 6 every child of that age pours creativity, if your a parent you know the truth of this statement, and guess what… We where all children once. When we embrace this truth we give ourselves permission to think creatively, exercise innovation and intern drive opportunities for growth be it for our department, our organisation, our business or our personal lives. Creative is the key to future progress   Time and time again I see countless individuals flex their creative muscles and reconnect with their ability as I guide them through our Art Masterpiece Workshop. If you think your team may need some guidance to unlock their...

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Cooking Team Building: Tantalising Tuscany meets Parramatta! On a summer evening in Parramatta, our clients prepare themselves for a fantastic treat. They’d had a hard day at the office and wanted nothing more but to have a drink and something to eat. They headed down to a local venue and were greeted by two tall, dark and very Italian chefs with Sydney’s freshest ingredients action aplenty. Their challenge was to not only eat a great meal but to cook it themselves. Once everyone had washed hands, donned a chef’s hats and an apron, the fun really began! The objective of this evening’s program is to create (from scratch) a four course Italian feast with their teammates. Working together, collaborating and communicating they prepare antipasti, insalata, pizza and dessert – enough to feed an army of hungry workers! They are guided all the way by ‘the boys’, our Italian chefs who are truly master cooks. People who never thought they could cook, have just created a wonderful meal that they can be very proud of. Before teams sit down to enjoy their creative efforts together, ‘the boys’  judge their creations and prizes are awarded for the best dishes. Then it’s time to sit and enjoy. What a great way to finish the day, great food, great wine and great company. A truly creative team building evening. Everyone’s happy (and full)! To learn more about this program go to cooking team building So are you ready to take your team on a culinary trip through Tuscany?...

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Creative Team Building Lands in Wollongong What to do on the beach on a beautiful sunny day in local Wollongong? Take part in a creative sand sculpting team building event of course! I had the pleasure last week of doing just that. We had a fantastic group of 90 energetic people from a non-profit organisation who were taking part in their annual national conference. They came from all over Australia and after some serious planning, they were keen to de-clutter their minds and attack a project in a fun and relaxing way. Not sure what they would actually be doing, the group descended on the beach and were greeted with this amazing sand sculpture: After a demonstration from our professional ‘sandologist’, the group was split into ten teams, and asked to create a sculpture based around the theme ‘Under the Sea’. The energy the participants showed over the next couple of hours was amazing. They worked really well as teams, a great effort bearing in mind that it was the first time some of them had met each other. Themes were well-thought out, jobs and tasks were assigned to people and then the serious fun began – creating their masterpieces. At the end of the day, we had nine fabulous sculptures lining the beach front at Wollongong. The final creations were judged and the winners announced. Locals and tourists wandered amongst them, taking pictures and chatting to the teams about their creations. The company had a great afternoon of fun and creativity. So next time you’re looking for ideas for your team, consider one of VisualFunk’s fantastic creative team building programs. Best wishes, The Creative Team Building Team  ...

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How To Be Creative – Think Like An Adult But Act Like A Child So, you want to know “how” to be creative? Well; there’s certainly no instant textbook or magic 30-minute course you can attend and suddenly you become creative! But think more about it – children are creative aren’t they? When you watch children ‘playing’ they are actually creating, using their imagination, using both left and right sides of their brains, they might be playing with a car and suddenly it transforms into the most powerful rocket ever seen taking off from Earth! Or your two years old has painted the Harbour Bridge on New Year’s Eve complete with the best fireworks ever, yes, mum that’s really what it is(!) This is creation. But where did yours go? Around the age of eight or nine, children are taught (by adults) to become more structured in their play, drawing, storytelling, and thinking. We don’t judge a small child’s drawing, we tell them how wonderful it is (even when it isn’t!). But slowly we encourage the children with a certain aptitude for drawing (for example) and discourage those who aren’t so good. Kids that can and kids that can’t. So is it really surprising by the time those children turn into adults their creativity dwindles? Adults who are trying to be creative face a lot of creative barriers along the way: there are rules about what’s allowed and what isn’t. Those rules are there for a reason, but they can and do inhibit your creativity. Rather, use your natural curiosity, intelligence, and logic. Look at mundane daily things in a new way, with a new perspective and constantly ask questions.  Children (constantly) ask questions; not just “can I have an ice block”, but “how does that work?”, “what happens if I do this?”, “what is that person doing?” and my favourite “why?”. Do we ever say “that’s a silly question”? no, we explain, encourage and explore with them. Until – they reach a certain age, yep you guessed it around eight or nine. So, when trying to be creative, think like an adult, but act like a child. Question everything, use your imagination, remember your childhood and all the things you created then. Then you’ll be...

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We always love to embrace the creative world in all that we do and as such, are delighted to launch Outdoor Interactive Theatre. It’s Part game, part theatre, part pub crawl and is making a huge splash as a non-traditional way to have a fantastic time with your team mates. Interactive theatre is unlike anything found in your traditional theatre setting (or team building program for that matter). Parajumpers Lightweight Perfect Gilet Instead of sitting, the audience is sent on an actual journey through the streets of the city. Based on a concept that has been highly successful in New York, and London, we are now running the program in Sydney and Melbourne. Along with our Shoot! program, its a great way to be outdoors and not get to sweaty! The premise: You have been offered a share in $50 million dollars – All you have to do is deliver one simple message. Sounds easy enough right? Well think again! Not only will the mob be hot on your tail but so is the local law enforcement, detectives, private investigators and anyone else the mob pays off! Participants are sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members scattered throughout various locations in the city: park benches, iconic landmarks, bars, wharfs, and back alleys. Professional actors take you on a crazy, exciting adventure throughout the streets of Sydney or Melbourne. Your team, the audience navigate the city streets, piecing together clues of an absorbing and entertaining plot “The Messenger”. Interactive Theatre promises to provide an experience unlike anything you have ever done. This is definitely not an ‘un-Amazing Race’. You wont find a branded polo shirt anywhere! Set in the best parts of Sydney and Melbourne, you will be ‘contacted’ with a time and place where it is all going down. mu legend zen online Visualfunk’s Interactive Theatre’s locations, are of course kept hush-hush – it’s all part of the fun. So want some team building that is really creative, fun and UNIQUE? We would love to have a chat! Enquire here. “The characters are not easily spotted, appearing, then fading back into the...

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VisualFunk was recently invited to hold an art team building program for UnitingCare West at their offices in Parramatta. Working with the client, we decided that the best program for the team was the “My Story” program which combines indigenous art with a modern art spin. As the team entered the room to the wonderful sounds of a didgeridoo they came face to face with our co-facilitator Russ, who is from an Aboriginal clan in Moree. Russ didn’t come alone though, he brought all sorts of artifacts such as boomerangs, spears, clubs etc., to give even more insight into the fascinating world of indigenous life. Russ told the story of how in their culture, Aboriginals didn’t record their history with the written word, but rather, painted wonderful pictures to tell their stories. Jackets casual This is great logic, as the written word is forgotten much quicker than visual images. adidas bounce Simon from VisualFunk then took the participants through a ‘modern’ art lesson and asked the team to concentrate on writing a list of which words tell their own team story – is it collaboration? teamwork? relationships? passion? organisational values? The teams were then presented with canvesses to literally translate their ‘words’ into art using a basic palette of colours. Aboriginal symbols and colours were incorporated – even hand prints! The result? Four wonderful creative handpainted canvesses which the team can hang on the walls of their offices to remind them of the wonderful afternoon they had creating when they didn’t think they could – it was an impressive journey to...

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