Leadership Inspirations Activities

Drawing Game

Draw a complete picture with your group


10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Poster Paper, Pens, 8.5×11 Paper



An activity where groups will draw a picture without communicating and then have team members describe each other’s creations. This activity teaches group members about communication and alignment.



  • Divide larger group into small groups of 3-5 people.
  • Give each group a flip chart or piece of paper.
  • Have the group give themselves a team name and write it on the top of their paper.
  • Share the names with the large group.


  • Drawing
    • Tell groups that now there is to be no more talking.
    • Each person will take turns drawing a picture.
    • Each person will have 2 seconds to contribute to the picture.
    • The facilitator will tell group members when to switch, every 2 seconds.
    • No discussion is permitted during the drawing.
    • Give the group 30 seconds – 1 minute to draw.
    • After their time is up, each team must agree on three words that describe what they have drawn, which they will write on a piece of paper and pass to the facilitator, to be used later.  
  • Gallery Walk
    • Now, each group will get a chance to look at the other group’s drawings.
    • For each drawing, on the piece of paper provided, your group will write three words to describe the pictures you see.
    • Please start at the bottom of the page, then fold the paper up so that other groups cannot see what you have written.
    • You will have approximately 1 minute for each drawing. Tell the groups when to switch.
    • When completed, give the original piece of paper back to the group and ask each group to share how they described their picture and how the other groups described it.


  • You can give different group members different amounts of time to draw/ tell them to switch at random.
  • If you do not have enough time, you do not have to do the gallery walk.


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?


  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?