This standard exercise is ideal to get a group of delegates practice drawing from life without using a specific model.
Draw the person next to you.
What You Need
- A chair for each person.
- An empty area to place the chairs. If you have many delegates, form a number of circles of chairs with 6 chairs each.
- Align the chairs in a way that each one points to the next.
- Drawing pad and drawing pencils or pens.
- Ask the delegates to sit on the chairs provided.
- Ask each person to draw the person on their left.
- Allocate 10 minutes for this part.
- Now, ask the delegates to place their drawings on a table so everyone can see. Encourage them to comment on each other’s drawings and consider copying a style that they like.
- Ask them to get back to a different seat.
- Repeat the exercise again for another 10 minutes and get them to draw the person on their left. Encourage them to use a new technique based on the drawings of others.
- In the end, bring back everyone to the table and as before get them to review the drawings and finish with a quick discussion.
Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes (including setup of chairs)
Activity: 10 * 2 = 20 minutes
Group Feedback: 2 minutes
How easy was the drawing task? Were you inspired by the drawings of others? Did you try a new style or technique? How did it go?