busy with company workshops!

Previously, we’ve run workshops for Coca Cola, ABB and NewRe. In the last month we’ve done two company workshops.

The first was run by Ira for a small group at Swarovski’s beautiful office in Männedorf.

The second was for a large group from swissQuant AG, which was held at Giardino Verde in Uitikon Waldegg above Zürich. This one was designed for 49 people divided into six groups, each of which had to paint 2 or 3 differently sized, pre-drawn canvases. At the end of two hours, the 13 finished canvases were arranged to reveal the mystery subject – a Nautilus shell drawn according to the sequence of numbers worked out by the mathematician Fibonacci (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13, 21, 34, 55, etc.), which describe a logarithmic spiral that is found in many natural objects from shells to pineapples, to constellations etc. and a rule of proportion known as the Golden section, that has been used by artists for centuries. The workshop was designed to appeal to a company of mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists, and the colours were chosen to harmonise with the corporate identity.

The finished painting, 3.4 meters across and 2.1 meters from top to bottom is shown below. The workshop was conducted with the help of three fellow artists Joanne Finnegan, Lizi Hill and Wiktor Mielniczuk.


The smallest of the 13 canvases, with the painting plan. This little one took the longest to paint!


Wiktor explains the task at hand to his two teams.




Joanne gives advice and doles out more paint


Mixing colours isn’t easy, but this group is doing very well!


Hard at work, making decisions, sharing the task, controlling quality


Nearing completion, using the hairdryer


Precision painting and perfect colours


“Maybe it’s a tropical plant – we are in a greenhouse after all.” Doing a fantastic job!


Lizi shows how to paint neat edges


Still working on the smallest canvas: the most colour variety, smallest shapes and great precision.


Finished! Nautilus shell 3.4m x 2.1m


Lizi and Bridget comparing the finished painting with the mini original