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Sketching Intergenerational Scenes

(Easel) Participants sketch scenes of activities involving interaction between different age groups

Overview:

This is a simple activity in which participants sketch scenes of activities involving some sort of interaction between people of different age groups.

Participant Requirements:

People of all ages, as long as they like to draw and have the cognitive ability to understand the topic of intergenerational interaction.

Objectives:

Encourage people to think "intergenerationally" and reveal their experience and imagination on paper.

Academic Connections/Life Skills:

Art, creativity.

Resources/Materials:

Assorted drawing supplies (e.g., paper, pencils, crayons, and markers). If desired, include decoration supplies, scissors, glue and colored paper.

Steps:

  • Provide participants with drawing supplies.
  • Ask participants to think about activities they do -- or might like to do -- with people in other age groups. (For younger children, ask specifically what they like to do with their grandparents/great-grandparents.) If needed, prompt them to think about various arts and crafts, dancing, cooking, computing, gardening, and other activities.
  • Have participants draw scenes of activities in which there is intergenerational exchange.
  • Have participants discuss their drawings with each other.

Considerations:

 

Kaplan and Hanhardt, 2003
Copyright © 2003 The Pennsylvania State University