Collaborative musical chairs 

Who doesn’t love a game of musical chairs?

You would expect the act of drawing to be an intimately private process that doesn’t involve any collaboration. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I always find students believe they can’t draw, but what does that mean? You can’t place a mark on a page? It’s not realistic? There are so many misconceptions of what a drawing should be and the process that is involved. This activity tries to break this down. It is difficult to change the way students perceive drawing. Most consider a hyper realistic representation of form the pinnacle of what constitutes a good drawing. Breaking this misconception is hard. So we start with musical drawings. Everything we do has the key skill of collaboration at its centre.

In this task, students had a time limit, music is playing and they rotate. Its as simply as that. But what happens with this brilliantly engaging activity is students value add to their peers drawings, they see mistakes,  they fix mistakes and ultimately improve the original drawing. This is peer assessment for drawing. They have to work fast and fill in the space using shapes, lines and block colour. They can’t be precious about the drawing, its not about making it perfect, its about capturing the forms and giving feedback to your peers.

The final results

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