Work with others to create a colourful rainbow picture and learn about teamwork
What you’ll need: At least one other person (preferably two or three), a large sheet of paper, and coloured pens and pencils
What’s it for?
This is a simple activity to develop teamwork, communication, and relationship.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
First, divide up the colours between all the participants. Make sure that everyone has a few unique colours that are different to everyone else’s. For example, person one has red and blue; person two has green and pink.
A good idea for the subject of the picture is a rainbow as this will incorporate everyone’s unique colours.
You might want to include other colourful elements to your picture like butterflies, wildlife, plants and flowers.
Work together to complete the image. Make sure that you don’t borrow each other’s colours, but truly work together to allow everyone to add their own unique colours to the picture where they’re needed.
Make sure that everyone has a chance to contribute ideas.
When the picture is finished, talk about what it was like to work in this way. Was it fun? Frustrating?
Extra Activity: If you're musical, you might want to try assigning different individual notes to each other and then attempt to play a simple tune!
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Was it easy or difficult to work together to produce the picture?
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
Did you learn anything new about how you relate to others?
What unique relational qualities did you bring to the activity? Were you supportive of others? Did you help plan everything?
What did you think about the final image?
This activity helps you to learn to work with others to create something beautiful. It acts as a metaphor: Each of us has unique gifts and talents and we bring these together with others’ gifts and talents in social situations. How can we all work harmoniously together to create beautiful group relationships?
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Ian Grundy © December 2022
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Self Exploration, Relationships, Communication
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