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Drawing for Creativity

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Everyone can draw... and everyone who wants to generate creative ideas and solve complex problems SHOULD draw. A 2-hour workshop for international students in the Design Thinking course at the Bauhaus Summer School in Weimar, 2017 (led by Carolin Scheffler and Julius Falk).

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Drawing for Creativity

  1. 1. drawing for creativity bauhaus summer school 25 august 2017 molly clare wilson
  2. 2. UX designer Drawing addict Design (thinking) educator American in Berlin Superfan of Caro & Julius I’m Molly
  3. 3. why do I draw? Externalize and clarify ideas Communicate with others Activate my right brain: creativity + stress relief Painless social networking for introverts
  4. 4. We are going to draw.
  5. 5. “I’m bad at drawing”
  6. 6. Henry Tonks (John Singer Sargent, 1918) Source: Wikimedia Commons
  7. 7. my notebook
  8. 8. we think this is the only “good drawing”… … but this also does an important job
  9. 9. – Mike Rohde, author of The Sketchnote Handbook “Ideas, not art”
  10. 10. Simplify to Amplify Complex Specific Realistic Simple Universal Iconic Learn more: Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
  11. 11. What Will We Draw? text objects people (bodies + faces) ideas stories solutions to problems
  12. 12. Pen Yoga 1.5 hours Many of these exercises were developed with the inestimable Kate Rutter.
  13. 13. Warm-up 5 minutes
  14. 14. – Bill Verplank “Use rubber stamps”
  15. 15. Text 3 minutes
  16. 16. Text 2 minutes
  17. 17. Mood Words 30 seconds each
  18. 18. bouncy
  19. 19. stinky
  20. 20. wild
  21. 21. liquid
  22. 22. annoying
  23. 23. relaxing
  24. 24. Objects
  25. 25. Objects
  26. 26. Objects 1 minute each
  27. 27. lightbulb
  28. 28. anchor
  29. 29. thumbs-up
  30. 30. sandwich
  31. 31. bicycle
  32. 32. university
  33. 33. Tooth People
  34. 34. Draw 50 tooth people 90 seconds
  35. 35. Faces
  36. 36. Sketch a partner 90 seconds
  37. 37. – my sister Betsy Cowie “It doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to be awesome”
  38. 38. Collaborative Pictionary 1 minute each
  39. 39. take a break! 15 minutes
  40. 40. why bother with drawing?
  41. 41. – Sunni Brown, author of Doodle Revolution “Doodling is an act of cognition”
  42. 42. Your Brain’s Two Modes Sequential Reductive Analytical Convergent All-at-once Holistic Intuitive Divergent Learn more: Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Rudolf Arnheim, Visual Thinking
  43. 43. 2 Kinds of “Visual Thinking” Object Thinking Spatial Thinking – Kozhevnikov et al., 2010
  44. 44. Here’s some of my drawing:
  45. 45. conference talks
  46. 46. concepts
  47. 47. books & articles
  48. 48. situations
  49. 49. jokes
  50. 50. Tell A Story Setting Drama Resolution 2 minutes each
  51. 51. Solve A Challenge No talking! Write the challenge across the top of the paper – but other than that, you can’t write words Present to the group after 5 minutes 5 minutes working Design a way to make moving to a new house/apartment less stressful.
  52. 52. what can you do next? carry a notebook everywhere! draw 10 things over the weekend if you don’t like how something looks, draw it at least 3 more times read some books & follow people whose work you like
  53. 53. feedback “I like…” “I wish…” “I wonder…”
  54. 54. Keep Drawing! here@molly.is @mollyclare http://molly.is

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