How to Communicate Your Ideas in Simple Sketches
Workshops for Students
The Learning Need and Problem
In Media Studies, the ability to draw an effective storyboard is a key skill. During exam conditions students needs to be able to do this quickly. Whilst it is not drawing ability that is being tested, it is essential that students can draw at least well enough to communicate their ideas for intended scenes for a film. However many students do not believe they can draw and are therefore lack confidence and are placed at a disadvantage even if their ideas are brilliant.
Graham therefore created this workshop at the request of a school faced with this problem. With support from a member of Media Studies teaching staff, he was able to understand exactly what was required of students and design the workshop specifically to match those needs.
The result was to create an interactive and engaging workshop that enables students to draw sketches to a good enough standard to communicate their ideas visually. By building skills and pictorial elements up step-by-step, students are able to quite quickly arrive at a point where they can start creating effective storyboard scenes.
What are students saying?
Graham ran a workshop for GCSE Media Studies at Alexandra Park in London. Students built up their drawing skills and then completed an exam practice exercise to draw a storyboard under time pressure – with great results.
Here are examples of typical reactions of students:
“I didn’t think I could draw beforehand… but my storyboard looks great.” S.S.
“I get it. Once you can draw the shapes you can draw anything.” D.W.
“This will definitely improve my grade.” A.B.
What are teachers saying?
After Graham ran a Saturday workshop for Media Studies GCSE students at Alexandra Park School, London.
“Graham – A thousand thanks for Saturday. I’ve had loads of positive feedback from students and I haven’t even taught them yet today!”
St. John Starkie Assistant Headteacher
By the end of the workshop students will be able to:
- Draw characters with various expressions and emotions suitable for stories
- Draw interior and exterior environments that are typical of those required in storyboards
- Incorporate these elements to create a wide range of scenes to illustrate ideas for stories
The skills gained by students may be applied in many other areas of the curriculum where there is a requirement for skills such as creating illustrations, diagrams or charts. In fact these skills may be used in all kinds of projects. Not least, the discovery that they can draw comes as a pleasant surprise to many students and is therefore a great confidence booster.
Contact us now to find out more or to book a workshop.