Method: Collective Drawings
Description of Method:
The production of a drawing collectively by a group of people. These drawings can be large in scale, combine multiple media and types of drawing. They can be produced by the group simultaneously or through taking turns. They can be drawings of places as they are now or they can illustrate ideas for the future of a place. They can present an overall vision or multiple overlapping and maybe contradictory viewpoints.
Purpose of Method:
This method encourages people to visualise collectively and share freely their knowledge of their place and their ideas for local buildings, streets and neighbourhoods. Drawing as a collective act brings people together around a table and encourages conversation and sharing of ideas and stories. Collective drawing is a tool to both represent and cultivate ideas. It can be a celebratory and playful experience that can build connections within a group of people.
Drawing activities are engaging for many people, especially children and young people. Some people may lack confidence in their drawing skills so collective drawing can help to create a supportive, informal environment for people to take part in.
Encounter Arts and Live Works
This collective mapping was produced by young people of the Wybourn estate in Sheffield, working with Encounters Arts and architecture students.