Visionaries + Voices (V+V) would like to invite you to experience CREATIVE PLAY, a unique way for businesses and organizations to improve workplace relationships and achieve results through art-based bonding activities. These planned exercises will develop skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, communication, and planning. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to be a part of a unique art activity led by a member of our Teaching Artist Program. This program provides intense, individualized training for each participant, who will later teach art lessons to all ages and abilities. CREATIVE PLAY team building workshops are available for groups of up to 50 participants with free parking in our shared business lot. Each unique, personalized session will be led by Team Building Facilitator, Brandon Hawkins and artists from V+V.

During the “Team Pen” exercise, participants learn teamwork, trust, and leadership skills

It is our belief at V+V that CREATIVE PLAY is one of the best ways to facilitate team growth. Art is a non-traditional tool for team building that creates conversation, encourages dynamic thinking, and generates common ground. 

The majority of our workshops are scheduled to last 3 to 4 hours, but can be customized to fit your schedule and business needs. Though most CREATIVE PLAY workshops are held at the Visionarium in Oakley, we are fully capable of coming to a location of your choice


Musical Mark Making (10-15 min.): Participants are asked to exercise their senses. But instead of fully relying on their eyes and hands to create creative visual imagery, they will be changed to use their ears. Musical Mark Making is an excellent way to introduce your participants to their “inner artists.”

Exquisite Corpse (10-15 min.): This exercise was created by Surrealists almost 100 years ago, but it is a great way to break the ice at team building functions. All you need is a piece of paper (6 feet long at most), pencils, pens, or sharpies, and four people (or groups of four). The big reveal is usually unusual and pretty funny. Participants don’t need to know how to draw, this normally makes for a more interesting activity and an even better drawing. 

Zoom (20-30 min.): This engaging group exercise is based on the intriguing, wordless, picture books “Zoom” and “Re-Zoom” by Istvan Banyai which consist of 30 sequential “pictures within pictures.” The Zoom narrative moves from a rooster to a shop to a city street to a desert island and outer space. Zoom has been published in 18 countries, and is a fantastic way to develop communication skills, perspective, and problem-solving skills.

Blind Contour Drawing (10-15 min.): This exercise will challenge each participant to trust their eyes and their short-term memory. The icebreaker will begin with the partipant drawing their own hand. Then they must use the same methods and adhere to the same rules while drawing themselves with the use of a mirror, or a partner sitting in front of them. 


Team Pen (30-45 min.): Teams of up to six participants must spell  word with one sharpie on a piece of paper. The catch is that the single pen used in the activity is tethered by duct tape, which is held bu all but one participant. Leadership responsibilities will be rotated among the group members in order to test and develop communication and skills from different perspectives. 

Trash Puppets (Up to 1 hour): Participants will use trash to explore their resourcefulness and creativity. The instructor will explain that puppets are an extension of ourselves. They can be conservative or as wilds as we like. These puppets (completed examples will be displayed) can be made from any piece of “rubbish.” This exercise is a great way to bond through creativity and develop leadership and communication skills. 

For booking and pricing information, please contact our Team Building Facilitator,

Brandon Hawkins at