So, during an energy lull or as a quick last burst of energy project I started the
Ride of the Valkyries, Save Yourself, Drawing Panic.
How: Turn up the music, turn up the drama. Unroll the large paper. Announce 3 one-minute poses in which the Valkyrie model(s) jump up on the stage and take gesture poses of swooping down menacingly on the students. Students must capture the Valkyrie gestures to save themselves! Students quickly left their drawing horses, grabbed pastels and worked quickly in a great burst of energy and play! Yeeee ha! It was a great finale to the class.
The models used the cardboard roll from the paper as a threatening weapon.
Results: Students bought into the game right away, not stopping for the perpetual complainers to whine, or the shy to sit out. Students who are more shy and sit off by themselves or who draw smaller, more timid drawings benefited the most because they worked right beside students who have more dramatic, confident styles. Simultaneous drawing on a large scale helps students see other drawing techniques in action and builds confidence. Collaborative panic drawing also facilitates heightened levels of creative energy.
Next Steps: I will continue to surprise students with collective activities to support group work, fun in drawing, and spontaneous design and story-telling ideas.
Thank you to my students who are always surprising me.
It's the least I can do to surprise you back:-)