Drawing Games

A few drawing games I tried out last week to liven up lessons and practice co-ordination skills. There are no age or ability limitations to these games, and the more people the better (a touch of drawing rivalry makes the resulting pieces more interesting).

Consequences/ Exquisite Corpse

Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, Max Morise, Man Ray, 1926-7

A game that requires more than one person and especially lends itself to pub napkins. Originally invented by children across the world and then taken up by the Surrealist group who renamed it ‘Exquisite Corpse’ after their collaborative sentence “The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine”. The drawers take it in turns to draw a section of a ‘thing’ (I usually say a monster or new species), folding back the section of paper once they’ve finished and leaving a thin strip visible for the next person to continue. Once you’ve run out of paper, unfold the group drawing and see what you’ve got.

Orientation/ Don’t look down!

I wasn’t sure what to call this one. It simply involves the drawer sketching an object without looking at their piece of paper. If you have more than one person, they can sit opposite one another and draw each other. I held sheets of paper under my pupils’ noses to preempt peeking. This game is a really good exercise for looking and page orientation.

One Line Drawing

The drawer draws a person or object without taking his/her pencil off the page. Try it out with different materials – I find biros and felt-tips lend extra confidence.

Blind Drawing

Does what it says on the tin. The drawer looks at an object for 3 to 20 seconds (depending on how cruel the tutor is feeling), then draws it blindfolded.

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