Activity 1 : Photo workshop + drawing in the city

  • Reflect on a local issue
  • Express ideas
  • Translate ideas into photos
  • Reflect on possible solutions
  • Draw the proposed solutions on the photos
  • Addressing problems and issues
  • Creating and innovating
  • Acting independently and showing initiative
  • Dealing with change
  • Flipcharts and pens
  • A camera or camera phones
  • POSCA marker pens
  • A printer (black and white)

The activity consists of thinking about the problems that exist in the city, putting them into images (black and white photos), and drawing possible solutions in colour.

  • Introduction

The instructor introduces a brainstorming session on the theme with the group: he/she notes down "my city" on a flipchart and asks the group to express themselves on the subject, all the while helping them with questions to redirect the debate: What does it evoke in you? Do you like it? Do you feel safe? Are there any problems? He/she then directs the discussion towards the theme of problems related to the city.

He/she ends the discussion by asking each participant to think about the problems related to the city, and to select one that concerns/affects/challenges them more than the others.

  • The instructor introduces:

-The objective of the activity: to take photos of problematic situations in the city and draw different solutions

-Instructions: Identify a problem in the city, and think about how they could put it into a picture

-The method: this work is done individually

-Duration: 2 x 3 hours

  • Photos in the city

Once each participant has clearly defined a problem, the instructor gives them time to think about how they could put it into a picture, and where in the city. He/she can ask those who are having more difficulty coming up with ideas to share the issue with the others, so that they can think together about how to put it into a picture.

Once each participant has come up with an idea, everyone goes off to take some photos illustrating the theme.

  • Possible solutions

Once the photos have been printed in black and white, the participants think of possible solutions. They draw the solutions they have found in colour on their photo (print as many photos as they have ideas)

  • How was this activity for you?
  • What did you learn whilst doing this activity?
  • How did you organise yourselves in sub-groups to find a solution?
  • Do you feel that you have really found a solution?

With a mixed group, the group can compare what the different problems and issues every generation has : do they have the same concerns, what is important for the younger / older participants, did the older participants have the same concerns when they were younger,...?