Using easy drawing exercises, participants learn to communicate through visual metaphors: By drawing a concrete object, creature or situation, people can express invisible sensations, thoughts and feelings. The aim is not to produce ‘good’ art but to rediscover the joy of drawing.
In the following course you will learn how to run a DrawingOut group workshop. Each section provides aims and guidelines for the step-by-step exercises. Suggested instructions to participants are given in quotation marks. You might find it useful to do the drawing exercises yourself as you go through the course. This will give you a sense of what the workshop participants will be experiencing.
The workshop starts with some warm-up exercises (Section 2, Everyone can draw) and gradually builds up participants’ confidence and skills (Section 3). By the end everyone should feel able to draw things that are more closely related to their own experience (Sections 4 and 5). Depending on whether you are running a half-day or full-day workshop and how confident participants are about their drawing skills, you may decide to move through the earlier exercises quickly (or skip some of them), so that you have enough time for Sections 4-6.
To run a workshop, you will need plenty of paper and some basic drawing tools, such as coloured pens, crayons, and pencils. All other materials can be downloaded here (and adapted for your own purposes):
- PowerPoint presentation; long version for full-day workshop (Additional notes can be found under each slide; these can be printed off by selecting ‘Notes Pages’ in the Print Settings.)
- PowerPoint presentation; short version for half-day workshop
- Consent form for participants (Template; sections in square brackets need to be adapted/deleted as appropriate).
- Worksheet Nine Faces
- Worksheet What if…?
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