Teaching sketching and creative thinking

I have recently joined a coaching institute that trains students for entry into graduate (B.Des) and Post graduate (M.Des) courses- Industrial design, accessory design etc. Now these students are of course not from design background. So my task would be to sensitize them towards design and at the same time work their skill level up. I will have 4 hrs every weekend and 10 weeks to do that…I have a basic plan laid out but i want some suggestions that would really make it an effective game plan. please share some insights and your practices with me esp yo and the likes who I have known for years have been taking classes off and on…thanks :slight_smile:

What I find for myself that really gets the juices flowing is by starting by just drawing lines in neat shapes - like I personally lines that interlock and form channels…and then start drawing perpendicular lines in certain areas to create volumes. Then from there you try to piece together volumes into a drawing - mine usually end ups a robots.
It’s a good way of getting someone to begin looking a 2D drawing as a 3D shape in their head.

I would advise you to make your students see/understand why old-skool-sketching is important in these virtual-times.
I start my classes with a hidden object…and then ask a student to describe it…most of the other students don’t have a clue. then I’ll ask the same student to sketch/doodle it and tarara… everyone knows what the object is and what it does.

Sketching is a communication-tool and a great catalyst for other creative work. It’s not about the sketch or its artistic value it’s about the idea depicted. Never forget that.

BTW this might interest you: http://www.atohms.be/basic_rules.pdf

Good luck n grtz


These are great responses. Thank you so much. Any more exercises anyone can think of?

To introduce the concepts of worms eye view and bird’s eye view I was asked by my teacher in early days to get down to the level of ant and see how the world looks and then to draw it…amd similaly for bird’s eye view. These are simple yet powerful tools towards direct teaching…Any other suggestions please!