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Three Stage Illustration Exercise to Practice Communication Skills

Three Stage Illustration Exercise to Practice Communication Skills
Exercises, Team Building, Communication Skills, Giving Feedback, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 24 Ratings :::: Monday, May 30, 2016

In this exercise, delegates practice giving precise and useful instructions. It helps with communication skills, especially within teams where people work closely with each other. Delegates also learn the value of feedback and how lack of feedback can slow down the communication process significantly.

This exercise is different from the standard exercises in this area. In a standard exercise, a delegate is supposed to describe a diagram and the other person is supposed to draw it based on the descriptions given. In some variations of this exercise, it is often the case that the describer can see what the illustrator is drawing and provide corrective feedback. In addition, the describer is also usually told not to talk directly what the image is and instead just describe it.

In this exercise, the difference is that the describer cannot see what is being drawn so can only respond to questions asked by the person who is drawing. In addition, there is no restriction on the type of communication made. For example, if the diagram is a square and the describer is supposed to explain it, he can simple say it is a “square” rather than explaining the shapes such as “4 equal lines connecting to each other at right angles” and then continue to expand on this to make sure the illustrator gets it right.

As a trainer, this exercise gives you an opportunity to cover topics such as making assumptions, how to give precise and clear instructions and how to help when a person cannot see what the other person is doing and needs to rely purely on the quality of the communication.

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Communication Skills Exercises for Kids

Communication Skills Exercises for Kids
Exercises, Exercises for Kids, Telephone Skills, Giving Feedback, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 22 Ratings :::: Monday, May 27, 2013

Knowing how to communicate well with others is an essential skill.

Here, you will be introduced to several communication skills exercises suitable for kids and young adults. The way you run these exercises highly depends on the age of your audience so you will need to adjust them as necessary.

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Creativity Exercise: Employ Your Favourite Actor

Creativity Exercise: Employ Your Favourite Actor
Exercises, Acting, Marketing, Art, Illustration, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 5 Ratings :::: Monday, March 25, 2013

In this exercise, delegates get to practice making a TV advertisement. The aim is for the delegates to think creatively and quickly with given resources and come up with an effective ad for a new product launch.

The exercise is useful for practicing art, marketing skills, management skills and creativity skills. The given scenario makes the exercise entertaining and realistic so the results are also meaningful.

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Brainstorming Exercise: Brain Sketch

Brainstorming Exercise: Brain Sketch
Exercises, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Art, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 34 Ratings :::: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In this exercise, delegates practice a visual brainstorming technique known as Brain Sketch (VanGundy 1988). The aim of this technique is to encourage visual solutions in isolation and also facilitates systematic exchange of ideas for creative problem solving.

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Illustration Exercise: Collective Masterpiece

Illustration Exercise: Collective Masterpiece
Exercises, Large Group, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 33 Ratings :::: Monday, December 24, 2012

Use this exercise to get a group of people work on a common illustration exercise. This can be used as an icebreaker to make the group feel more comfortable with each other and also assess the competency of each person in drawing or painting. The group’s work leads to a final piece that everyone has equally contributed to which can then be kept to represent the class for future sessions or even to show off to external visitors. This exercise scales up quite easily for a large group as well, so it is ideal if you have a large audience and want to engage them in an illustration activity.

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Brainstorming Exercise: Display Your Ideas

Brainstorming Exercise: Display Your Ideas
Exercises, Problem Solving, Presentation Skills, Large Group, Brainstorming, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 19 Ratings :::: Monday, November 26, 2012

In this brainstorming exercise delegates learn to come up with ideas separately and then together as a large group. The brainstorming technique helps those who are more comfortable in smaller groups to contribute while still taking advantage of large group creativity and brainstorming.

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Illustration Exercise: Head, Torso and Legs

Illustration Exercise: Head, Torso and Legs
Exercises, Icebreakers, Art, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 13264 Ratings :::: Monday, October 1, 2012

This drawing exercise is ideal for art classes on life drawing, or making illustration. The drawing results are often inspiring, helping delegates learn more about drawing techniques. This exercise also allows you to explore the topic further.

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Illustration Exercise: Statement to Collage

Illustration Exercise: Statement to Collage
Exercises, Goal Setting, Art, Illustration, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 10 Ratings :::: Monday, August 27, 2012

This exercise helps the delegates practice visualising a given statement. In the process they will practice composition, working with limited resources, working under time pressure, making a visual story and get to exercise their creative expression and style.

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Illustration Exercise: Artistic Evolution of Animals

Illustration Exercise: Artistic Evolution of Animals
Exercises, Exercises for Kids, Art, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 3 Ratings :::: Monday, August 13, 2012

In this creative exercise, delegates get to use their illustration skills and imagination in making new creatures that resemble known animals. It is a great exercise to use the power of imagination and encourage participants to be as bold and imaginative as they can. It is also a suitable activity for kids to help them exercise their drawing skills creatively.

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Illustration Exercise: Circular Life Drawing

Illustration Exercise: Circular Life Drawing
Exercises, Icebreakers, Creativity, Art, Illustration

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Monday, July 23, 2012

This standard exercise is ideal to get a group of delegates practice drawing from life without using a specific model.

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