“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and allows less room for lies.” LeCorbusier
An art activity can be a useful method to help participants gain a different perspective or deeper understanding. They have to dig deeply to discover the meaning and essence of what it is that they will represent through art.
Art activities work well as long as the participants understand that it is the quality of their ideas that is important, not the quality of their artistry.
There are two types of art activities. In the first, the participants are given complete freedom to create whatever they want. We will call this self-initiated art. In the second, the facilitator models the desired pre-formulated art and the … Read the rest
In a recent workshop, Wanda Sloan, HR Diversity/Staff Development Specialist at Blackhawk Technical College, asked an intriguing question: How can we create a learning community in a workshop? Our excellent group came up with five techniques that we have used. My task is to share them with you. (And I know if I forget something important, Shirley, David, Wanda or Anna will let me know!)
There are three simple ways to build and reinforce connections among learners. I call them simple because they don’t require any real planning, preparation, or materials. We discussed these in last week’s Tip.
There are two ways to build and reinforce connections among learners that are very colorful and require some planning, preparation, and materials… Read the rest
Pictures, whether on the wall, in handout materials, or created by the participants during the session, can add immediacy, color, and vibrancy to concepts. Also, along with photographs, they provide a visual image that makes concepts more personal and tangible. Because they are open to interpretation, they can stimulate thought, creativity, and introspection. They also evoke emotional reactions, which will ensure better retention of the learning concepts they represent.
We have discussed the use of an agenda process map to keep the participants and the trainer on track and aware of how each section of the training relates to the others. When color, symbols, and pictures are added to the agenda process map, it can be a decorative reinforcement of … Read the rest