Our host was Shelley Wall, GMIC board member, medical illustrator, and an assistant professor in the Biomedical Communications graduate program at the University of Toronto (UofT).
We started the session with the following warm-up exercise:
Take a few seconds to sit quietly and pay attention to what you can hear: Birdsong? Sirens? The hum of the fridge? Your family’s voices? Your dog snoring?
Then take two minutes to draw the shape of those sounds.
For our main exercise, you can listen to Shelley’s full introduction here, or scroll down for the basic instructions.
Prompt: Think of a moment of communication or mis-communication that you’ve been involved in or have witnessed. Who listened? Who didn’t listen? Who was heard? Who was not heard? If it was a successful, meaningful connection, what made it that way? If it was a failure of communication, how might it have been different?
Take 10 minutes to draw a comic about this scene.
If you want to share your drawings or responses more widely on social media, you can use the hashtag #DrawingTogetherGM.
If you’d like to access the kind of music played during many Drawing Together sessions, check out the “Pure Focus” playlist on Apple Music.
Hope to see you in August!