How To Do It
- Supplies needed: One sheet of paper, a marker, and other art supplies you have.
- Take turns giving instructions like the ones below. You can make up your own instructions. You need about ten instructions to produce interesting results.
- Everyone draws following the instructions given, without showing their work.
- At the end, share your work.
- Example instructions:
- Draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to the other.
- Draw five circles – any size – anywhere on your paper.
- Add designs (lines, dots, circles, etc.) in three of the five circles, however you like.
- Select two shapes and fill it in.
- You may also give other instructions, like “Add three balloons” or “draw two trees.”
- What other situations can you think of where people follow the same directions but end with very different results (for example, following a recipe when cooking)?
- Are there games from your childhood that involved drawing? How about “air drawing” as in Charades? When, where, and with whom did you play this game?
- Share other games that you enjoyed playing when you were a child.
- Do you play games now? If so, what games and with whom do you play?
- What do you think of George Bernard Shaw’s quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”?
- How might you introduce more playfulness in your current life?