Tuesday 30 July 2013

the shape game - advanced level: BATTLE BEASTS!!

I thought I would share this drawing game because it's really fun.  I played it with my students in Reykjavik earlier this year (see my first ever post) and they totally rocked it...

Divide everyone up into teams... if you don't play in teams it's just BEASTS!! not BATTLE BEASTS!! - acceptable but lacking a certain frisson...  The aim is for each team to design a giant creature in silhouette and then divide that silhouette up into sections.  Each individual in the team gets to draw at least one of the sections.  Here are my sections from that workshop:

You can theme the sections, work within a fixed palette, anything you like really, so long as when you join them together the beast can be seen.

When all the work is done - and it's best to have a strict time limit here - the beasts are assembled and scored on top trumps style categories like size, complexity and cohesion (you can make up whatever criteria you like so long as people know in advance)

Here are some pictures from our battle:

Team A worked alone, although I think we did have a limited choice of colours...

Team B decided to mix up a huge vat of purple paint and paint out the whole shape of the beast first...

Team C worked round one communal table, helping each other out with every section -  like that story about heaven and hell and the really long chopsticks...

All three teams worked in separate rooms so the moment of the unveiling would have maximum impact!

Of course it is important that someone knows how they are all meant to fit together!

Here are the finished beasts:

And some highlights from Team B's winning beast!

Next time I run this workshop I think we can make them EVEN BIGGER ^-^

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