What is it?
This drawing exercise provides a series of cryptic clues that lead to a large drawing. I've developed a version of the exercise based on a description by artist Geroge Rush included in Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment by Paper Monument. The book is a fantastic resource for art and design assignments.
What it’s good for:
Following the exercise, participants are normally embarrassed by the strange thing they've made, but I absolutely love the unusual shapes and forms that typically emerge. The takeaways here are that each decision that is made becomes part of their own unique puzzle. To trust one's instinct, and to practice not being embarrassed by making strange marks. It's a good warm-up for a group that might be drawing or sketching together later.
What you’ll need:
• Large sheets of paper
• Charcoal / pens
How to do it:
Each participant is given an A3 sheet of paper and some charcoal to draw with. Someone reads out the following directions, which the rest of the group must follow along with. The group can’t ask any questions, must work in silence, and they must reason their way through the problem on their own.
1. Using one line only, draw one simple geometric shape, such as a square, triangle, or circle.
2. Without overlapping or intersecting, draw a different shape.
3. Now, draw another shape.
4. Choose your favourite shape.
5. Make the other 2 like your favourite.
6. Enlarge one of the shapes.
7. Reduce one of them.
8. Make one shape touch one edge of the page.
9. Make the other two touch each other.
10. Introduce a new shape that is different.
11. Make the original 3 shapes like the new shape.
12. Make one shape larger than all the others.