| Forestry training manual for the Africa region |
Total time 2 hours
- To show the trainees simple drawing techniques,
- To have the trainees understand the importance of illustrating what they are verbalizing,
- To have the trainees practice simple poster drawing techniques and the use of other materials for making posters illustrated by the trainer, posters are then made by trainees.
This session introduces the importance of illustration as a communication technique. In future sessions the trainees will be expected to use illustrations as part of the presentations The importance of using visual aids while talking to a group is also emphasized.
1. Communication Through Illustration
Flip charts, marker pens, tape, crayons, glue, old magazines, scraps of material, felt pieces, candy bare for prizes.
Exercise 1 Communication Through Illustration
Total time 2 hours
This exercise is a lot of fun and the trainers have to keep a focus on communication aspects of the exercise. The Volunteers frequently have to give talks to school children, groups, and at community events. It is important that the participants see the value of holding a group's attention through the use of illustrations.
1. The trainer introduces the session with a short lecture about using visual aids. He/she explains that in rural areas, the more sophisticated forms of visual aids are not available and the trainees must rely upon their own ability to make these aide. The trainer should point out that the use of newsprint during the program is employing a visual aid (implicit group memory).
2. The trainer draws a series of stick figures on newsprint (may want to have light pencil outlines to go over). The trainer asks the trainees to draw a set of stick figures of their own for practice.
3. SAMPLE ILLUSTRATION - Keeping cows out of field by fencing.
The trainer explains that it is alright to make people laugh by your drawings as long as they understand your message. Getting people to laugh helps them to remember. The trainer explains that we are now going to draw a poster with a message about planting trees. The trainees are instructed to put time and thought into this project as they will have to do this many times during their volunteer service. The trainer tells the trainees that there is a table of different materials that may be used for this project. Each trainee makes a poster. When they are done, the posters are to be hung on the walls. This is a contest and there will be prizes awarded. Awards will be given on:
- Best presentation of message,
- Most creative use of materials,
- Best effort by non-artistic per son,
- Honorable mention in the above categories.
4. The participants are asked to describe their posters if the message is not clear. Suggestions are given by both trainers and trainees. The trainer discusses the various design possibilities
exhibited. The trainer states that all of the presentations during the remainder of the training program are expected to be accompanied by visual presentations. Therefore materials will remain where the trainees can have access to them.
5. The trainers and any guests decide upon the awards. Candy bars are presented.