Activities Visual Arts

Illustrating an Abstract Idea

How To Do It

  • Supplies: Paper and any drawing supplies you have (pen, pencils, markers, crayons, paints).
  • Think of something that is important in your life, such as “freedom,” or “family love,” or “my mother’s patience.”
  • Create a drawing with colors, symbols, and phrases to illustrate this abstract concept.
  • Share your drawing and discuss the questions below.


  1. Share more details about your drawing. Explain why you decided to use those particular colors/lines/symbols/phrases.
  2. Are there particular stories that can further illustrate your drawing?
  3. Was this drawing exercise useful in communicating what is important to you? Why or why not?
  4. What did you learn about each other from doing this activity?
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