TINTURA is a pioneer in foodstuff art and social art methods for babies. TINTURA follows lightly Scandinavian methods of art education to enhance parents’ understanding of their child’s non-verbal communication and emerging personality. TINTURA was founded by Marika Tomu Kaipainen.
TINTURA provides social art as painting and colour workshops specially designed for babies and toddlers. Social art workshops draw on children’s natural attraction to colours and textures, starting with observation and progressing onto active artworks.
In all of TINTURA arts workshops, Marika Tomu only uses colours that originate from foodstuffs i.e. food ingredients. Most of the time the berries, vegetables and spices (blackberries, strawberries, buckthorn, rowan, roseberries, currants among others) are organic. Those are in their various forms – dried, crushed, jellied, as fool, icy, warm etc.
The audience of arts workshops is mostly babies and toddlers. In the workshops they paint paper and cloth with various “tools” as fingers, brushes, plastic cars, curlers or balls and colours are examined with multiple senses by touching, looking, tasting, smelling and even listening. The foodstuffs are transformed into paintings, sculptures, arrangements, reliefs or art piqueniques such as a chocolate castle or “an arts cake”.
The purpose of the foodstuffs workshop is to encourage the participants to visual expression with, multi-sensory exploration of and plain marvelling at the safe materials in social art framework. TINTURA workshops are for everyone from babies to grandparents but as mentioned, mostly the audience is the youngest of the family. The workshops are suited for visually impaired people as well. They offer a clear feeling of the colour by scent, taste and feel. Babies and toddlers participate with their parent(s). TINTURA has also social art workshops for school kids, adults and for the elderly - sensory art workshops and foodstuff art.