Drawing and design on the ‘Youshow’

I’ve been following the Youshow faithfully these past weeks, and signed up my personal blog and started doing some of these crazy daily assignments.

This week was of particular interest because they were covering visual design, and drawing and had invited guest speak Nancy White to drop some science on them! I’ve been fortunate to participated in many learning experiences with Nancy over the years, and know she has a wealth of it to go around. In Brians words…

We asked Nancy to elaborate on the ideas of what design means visually as well as for organizations and projects, and come away with some new activities that are introduced in this week’s unit on It’s All By Design (link TBA).

As we have a our own “Going Visual” workshop running tomorrow and an upcoming session on using sound in the classroom, this is a perfect time for me to engage in the YouShow, and build up some of the resources on our session page. If you are interested in design and visual practices, please check out our workshop and the fabulous collection of design resources and activities brewing over at the youshow.

Draw it out – Back of the napkin bio

Developing your graphic facilitation skills takes practice, but it’s fun and rewarding activity that can aid in communicating your ideas to others, or working together in groupwork of all kinds.

Learning Objective + Pre-Assessment:   1. Create representations of ideas, expressions, feelings, or concepts graphically 2. Find out background of each participant.  (music, drawing, photography, etc.)

<Display visual agenda… where are we headed?>

Activity

“Draw it out” Activity questions

This is a form of “Flipchart resume”, modified from “A Better Icebreaker” post. I have adapted it to suit our activity as the “Back of the Napkin Bio”. As a form of pre-assessment we are going to try and find out a bit more about each participant, and where they are going with their Educational Media, while at the same time practicing our visual communication skills.

Steps

1. Get into pairs

2. Divide page into 4 areas, one for each question 3 min “interview” with your partner, document your findings visually. (Leave room for the NAME)

3. Consider the “tips” Shantala has shared with you. Use these to guide your visualizations.

4. Conduct the interview

Interview questions

What creative outlets are you most familiar with, how do you like to express yourself?

What kinds of media are you most interested in embedding in your teaching?

What is (are) your main teaching challenge(s)?

Free Choice: Choose one final question to ask your interviewee

 

5. Switch and repeat.

6. Gather for critique

Modified from “A Better Icebreaker

Source: http://johnleskodotbiz.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/a-better-icebreaker/

Some tips

Use these tips to help guide your drawings.