The primary purpose of the project is to develop eye-opening, observation skills, the first step towards increased visual awareness. Drawing in the field achieves this in a way that taking a photograph and drawing from it does not. Resist taking or drawing from photographs.
The drawing activities in these workshops are devised to help participants describe what’s inside their heads or what they see around them. The aim is to observe and record – drawing quality is unimportant. There’s no right and wrong way to draw. Mistakes are fine and there’s no need for erasers. Encourage participants to draw quickly. It’s okay to go over the line when colouring in. ‘Draw what you see – not what you think you see’.
Within the requirements of each activity leave participants free to choose what they want to draw. Part of the fun is discovering what each participant chooses. Resist temptations to choose one thing for everyone to draw. RESIST URGES TO DEMONSTRATE OR DRAW FOR PARTICIPANTS!
Keep the drawing process fast – this overcomes tendencies to produce a perfect drawing.