Jump-start creativity and collaboration with a successful painting event.

How to Use Painting As a Team-Building Activity

Jump-start creativity and collaboration with a successful painting event.

Painting events provide a great opportunity for teams to socialize with one another while unleashing their inner artists to engage in more creative thinking. It can also be a great way to get team members to work together toward a fun goal.

Painting events have really taken off in the past couple of years, with companies such as Painting with a Twist and Paint Nite offering attendees the opportunity to paint their interpretations of copyrighted pictures, with the assistance of professional artists. And corporate teams can take advantage of the rising interest in these types of activities by using them as team-building opportunities.


Cvent recommends the following steps for a successful painting party:


Align the activity with company or meeting objectives. Painting may not seem like a productive activity unless a correlation with professional goals is explained. A senior leader should provide a brief introduction to the activity to help set the tone and explain why leadership chose to engage the team in this particular event.

Help participants feel comfortable. It’s hard to be creative in a tense environment. Begin the session with some relaxation techniques, put on some background music and serve cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres for a calm, social setting.


Rely on professional expertise. Make participants feel accomplished in their participation by using a trained facilitator to guide them through the painting process. Depending on the type of activity chosen — be it a messy balloon painting event or a paint-by-numbers exercise — the facilitator may also try to engage the team in more out-of-the-box thinking.