This is an exercise for creating a common picture/ vision of a garden without words. It helps to communicate without words and work together on a vision of a common garden
Goal of the exercise
Sharing a vision of your own garden and needs by drawing together a common garden without words; finding a common way of reconciling the needs of many people in a single piece of work; communication without words about own needs
Number of participants:
At least 4 persons
Age of participants:
Aged 2 or above
Duration of the method
30 to 120 min
Materials / Location
Coloured chalk or a large sheet of paper and painting and drawing materials, depending on the location.
Outdoors (a large area of pavement or a parking lot) or indoors (a large table or the floor)
No particular preparation required
Step by step
Explain the task to the participants and hand out the drawing materials.
Participants are asked to draw their vision of a garden according to their personal needs on a single drawing space, without communicating with each other by speech.
Participants are asked to discuss their needs and their artistic choices.
Use the method for drawing any other common space (e.g. a city, town or village).
A very inclusive method as anybody can paint or draw.
"It was interesting to silently design together a common garden while respecting each participant’s needs"