Leadership Inspirations Activities

Drawing Game

Draw a complete picture with your group

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster Paper, Pens, 8.5x11 Paper

 

SUMMARY

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.

 

SET UP

  • 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.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

VARIATIONS

  • 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.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • 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?

Alignment

  • 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?