bauhaus+Dwell with Dignity
Team Building and a Project Tutorial
We are well into our partnership with Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas-based nonprofit group of interior designers who are dedicated to serving families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Dwell with Dignity works with local agencies to get connected with families who are ready for the next step: moving into their own apartment. bauhaus has joined with Dwell with Dignity to organize and execute our very own apartment installation for a family in need.
The project is scheduled to be complete in December, and we have been up to our elbows in work in order to provide a home for a Dallas family. What we love about Dwell with Dignity is that they do more than help families get into an apartment; they make that apartment feel like home — furniture, artwork and all!
For this art project, we gathered the entire bauhaus team, put on our painting smocks and got to work with our first art project dubbed “Kaleidoscope Art.” The project turned out to be an exciting and unique team-building experience, and we’re pretty proud of the end result, showcasing the artistry and personality of each member of the bauhaus team.
Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Kaleidoscope Art
This project was so much fun, we didn’t want to keep it to ourselves! Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own Kaleidoscope Art:
1) Get Started! Determine the size of your overall project. We wanted to make a big statement, so we went with 36” x 36.” We found an old, ornate frame and spray-painted it white for a more modern look. We used the back of the existing art to create a “blank canvas” for our new creation.
2) Get Painting! During our kickoff presentation with the entire company, we had everyone massage the right side of their brains (where creative expression comes from) and just go for it! In the end, we had 25 unique watercolors!
3) Get Cutting! Once the paintings were dry, we cut 5-8 triangles of varying sizes and angles out of each piece. Save your paintings in case you need to cut more later.
4) Get Organized! Loosely arrange the triangles on your board to make sure you’ve cut enough out. If you need more, cut more!
5) Get Colored! Separate your triangles by color (unless you’re going for random). We wanted our coloring to fade from dark to light throughout the piece. Group your colors on the board to map out your general hue/tonal design. Keep about a two-inch border around the outer edges.
6) Get Gluing! Start at a corner and glue your first triangle down. To help ground the corners, placing that triangle at a 90 degree. Leaving ¼”– ½” spacing between each triangle, start gluing all of your triangles down. We worked in an eight-inch square section and then moved to the next corner. Once all four corners we completed, we filled in the rest.
7) Get Excited! By now you’ve been gluing for a while and it’s starting to make more sense. As we went, we found that we needed more of one color or a different shape triangle than was initially cut. Have a pair of scissors on hand if you need to cut a piece to make it fit better. The more consistent the spacing, the more intentional your piece will look.
8) Get Framing! Once all of the triangles have been glued, let it dry overnight for the glue to completely set. Now you get to put it back in the frame and admire your work!