In CoWorking, Wikipedia Academy

On November 22nd, when the Wikipedia Academy takes place at our new coworking office, I’m planning a collaborative painting effort. It’s simple. We’ll have a 10 feet by 8 feet canvas placed on the ground. We’ll have lots of colours and many paint brushes in different sizes. We then let loose our imagination. There are no rules. There is no brief given. Anyone is free to do what he or she wants to do. The results can be quite impressive.

I’ve been thinking of how to include a physical activity that portrays the collaborative effort of Wikipedia and this one fits the bill like a ‘T’. The idea is inspired by a similar effort that was done at the iCommons Summit in Sapporo, Japan. Over 300 folks participated and I remember all of having such fun working on it. Take a look at the eventual painting below.

I’m a newbie to painting. Need to find out what kind of canvas materias, what type of paints and what sizes of brushes. Also need to figure where to buy these materials in Chennai. If any of you have an idea, we’d be very grateful for your advice and suggestions. You can leave them at the comments below or mail me at kiruba at Thanks in advance.