What ethical aspects need to be considered?

It is important to provide participants with as much information as possible about the aims and content of the workshop in advance, so that they can make an informed decision about whether to sign up or not. It is always worth stressing that no previous drawing experience or training is required, and that the emphasis will be on enjoyment and self-expression, rather than the creation of ‘good’ artwork.

As this is a group workshop, it is important to establish basic rules of conduct during the workshop. These are brief instructions to ensure that participants respect each other and their views, and that participants can choose not to share their drawings or views at any time without needing to justify their decision. It is also important to ask all participants not to discuss the comments of other participants after they have left the workshop and to respect the right of each participant to remain anonymous.

If you want to use some of the drawings and reported experiences for educational or awareness-raising materials, please make sure the participants give their informed consent. It must be clear that it is entirely up to individuals whether they wish to give consent or not, and that they can withdraw their consent at any time. Here is an example of an illustrated informed consent form that you can adapt for your own purposes.

Another aspect to consider is ensuring the anonymity of participants (unless they are happy to be named). At the minimum, this implies that the artwork cannot be signed, but it is also important to examine the drawings to ensure that there are no identifying elements that can be linked back to individual participants.

 

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