More infos to group size
As space allows
Is participant experience relevant?
It's okay if participants haven't seen the inside of a classroom in years.
Physical trust needed
Mental trust needed
Lots of drawing paper, lots of colored pencils or markers or some kind of colorful drawing tools, a bell, a timer. Cushions (optional).
10 minutes – 2 hours
Experience level of the facilitator
taken part OR some facilitation experience
Number of facilitators
Space to walk around, space to draw on the floor
CHARACTER OF THE METHOD
Level of activationactivating
Woo-Woo Level – How touchy-feely is this method?
From 1.Rationalist-Materialist “No feelings here, folks.” to 5.Esoteric-Shamanic Bleeding Heart:
In groups of three, participants draw each other’s eyes without looking at the paper.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
This is a fun exercise that forces people to look into each other's eyes, which is awkward at first but eventually becomes an icebreaker. It can also show people how beautiful EVERYone's eyes are, as well as demonstrating how there is so much more in people's eyes than you notice at first.
Eye-gazing meditation. Ask participants to walk around the space in random directions while practicing metta on themselves (see the entry in this database for "metta"). When the facilitator rings a bell, get in pairs with the first person you make eye contact with.
PREPARATION (excluding materials)
First do a few rounds of eye-gazing meditation, then do enough rotations of the eye portraits such that everyone is a drawer at least once. Then do another round or two of eye-gazing meditation. If your group is really not into meditation, you can do the portraits on their own. Eye-gazing meditation is listed in the pre-exercise section.
1 Groups of three
Ask participants to get in group of three. There will be two drawers and one assistant. Each group should have at least three pieces of paper and a selection of colored pencils or other colorful drawing supplies.
When you ring the bell, the two drawers look into each other's eyes. Without breaking eye contact and without ever looking at the paper, they draw the eye they see. The drawings are going to be messy and abstract. That's fine. Drawers ask the assistant for whatever color they see and the assistant places the color in the drawer's hand. After about 5 minutes, or when most people are finished, ring the bell. Take a moment to look at your own and your partner's drawing.
Rotate roles so that the assistant gets to draw.
After you have done as many rounds as you would like to (ideally everyone has done 2 drawings and been an assistant at least once), hang up the drawings on a wall or spread them out on the floor and walk around them in a circle.
A variation is drawing the whole face (not quite so powerful than just with eyes, therefore a more low-threshold exercise).