This topic will contain all the feedback related to Katharine's Synchronous Session
Congratulations on making me want to improve my sketching abilities. I really enjoyed your session this afternoon as your passion for the subject matter was obvious. You appeared fairly comfortable and engaged. The use of the easel and sketch pad for your demonstration was the appropriate choice that a whiteboard could have never duplicated. Your pre-session PDF clearly stated the purpose and objectives of the session and your timeline appeared achievable. The practice activities were simple, practical, and actually fun to do. All of us appeared to be prepared to participate. Your slides adequately helped convey your message without complicating the issues and you were able to close off the session on a high note with us all displaying our artwork.
Unfortunately, today was your day to experience technical gremlins that we all suffer with at some point. You were able to recover well and modified your program to make the best use of the time at your disposal. Perhaps because of the time crunch some more participant interaction was unable to take place. You mentioned a couple of times that the use of breakout rooms was desirable but I got the impression that you were struggling with making that a practical application. I appreciated that you took the time to ask if the participants if they wanted to extend the session slightly for a Q & A segment. From your session, I have now learned something about observational drawing techniques and that practice and experience are the keys to thwarting the tech demons. Keep up the good work.
This was a great learning experience for me. Thank you to all of you that attended.
If you need to refresh your memory for those who attended (and anyone interested) there is a Video recording of Katharine’s session, directions are below.
3 things that you thought went really well in the session in terms of your facilitation skills, technical skills or session design
1. When arriving late for session due to a technical issue, I felt I recovered reasonably well connecting with the class and moving forward
2. I think that the demonstrated drawing activities interspersed with slide and video helped to unfold the idea - transforming 3 dimensional live objects to 2-dimensions
3. I felt that I was able to demonstrate the three key exercises to the process efficiently as well as talk through the information slides and video material
2 things that you weren't sure went well or that you think could be improved next time
1. I was concerned that I had not felt time to include breakout room activity, and clarifying a summary. Wish I had asked someone to facilitate chats I didn’t read them. These points I think I can work into future sessions going forward.
2. I am not sure if the switching from slides to demonstrations worked well or was appropriate for length of session. My drawing demo felt rushed. I think this could be improved by simplifying (in demonstration) the key priorities for learning in the time allocated
To put this session in context – the beginner drawing classroom F2F would be 3 hours covering two key exercises for drawing nature (gesture and contour line) In my new online class plan of 4 hours, will provide asynchronous material (to cover two hours or less) and assignment, synchronous sessions will be 2 hours of demonstrations, talk through example slides and feedback/discussion
1 question that you have for the group about something specific in the session that you are wondering about or would like feedback on
1. I am curious to know how cohesive the visual slide and video elements went with the live demo. Any other feedback most welcome.
Video recording of Katharine’s session link:
Viewing: Hover your cursor over video to enlarge facilitator to view in more detail
Timings of video content:
3 mins - 4.30 mins: PowerPoint slide presentation
Showing fruit without lighting vs with to show form
Lead up to gestural drawing demonstration
7.00 mins: Gestural drawing demonstration
(I notice that the recording is not clear in the recording)
I hope it was clearer on the LIVE Screen?
11.23 mins: Feedback on exercises
14 mins – 17 mins: Contour line drawing
18.30 mins: Slides and video 3 D form
21 mins – 25 mins: Demonstration volumetric drawing
26.45 mins: Summary
28.00 mins: Shared artwork and questions
Thanks for preparing and providing your session today.
I jotted down a few notes by way of feedback.
Just reminds me that this is ever present and we all need to be patient, especially as we try to get comfortable with the synchronous environments. My general comment that I wrote down "Some tech issues. No big deal." ….because once you got going, we were off to the races and that was great.
Something that has occurred to me in past sessions is that if you had a tech checklist, I would include "ask everyone to turn off their mic except to speak" to avoid sudden bursts of mysterious noise!
I liked how you set things up, very clearly and deliberately. I wish I'd had my own version somewhere to glance down at. I was engrossed in the lesson, but I wanted to review the objectives, more out of my own curiosity than anything. But you very helpfully returned to these at the end, and that worked very well.
I thought your topic was actually perfect for this medium. YOu were talking about 2D renderings of 3D objects, and I think having us view this on a screen kinda brought that home in a meaningful way. We had our apples/bananas/lemons, etc. in front of us. But then we were viewing yours on a screen, and then we were discussing how to add perspective to our sketches. It worked extremely well.
I really appreciated the visuals you used, and the way that video changed the lighting. The concepts really came through. But what I appreciated more was watching you create these simple drawings in front of us. In this respect, you had a rich lesson. Lots of materials and resources. On screen and in person. And you could demonstrate drawing technique in relation to those images and objects.
I know I was focused on the physical aspects of the drawing, like drawing the contour lines accurately, holding the pencil properly for gesture drawing. But by the end, you clearly ticked the "emotional" aspect of learning as well. I think we were all inspired by the end.
I loved it when Lynette held up her drawing. I think that was great feedback for you, and it was certainly interesting for us from the learner perspective. And then that obviously gave you more to work with in terms of pointing out different aspects of the drawings. It made me remember how important that check in with students is in these environments.
When you come back to these topics in your teaching, I would only suggest having more time available. I'll be we could have carried on with further questions for another half an hour.
I have already recommended your course to two friends!!
Thank you for your thoughts! I figured out the tech issue with the two BlueJeans addresses and good point about the turn mic off. I am in some conflict about that as I want people to respond as I go but I think its getting used to the medium.
So glad to hear the subject was of interest. You have responded in a way that is very supportive and encouraging. I am particularly pleased the "emotional" was ticked for you. And a big thanks for recommended my course. I hope to offer through my website in the future.
Thank you for a very interesting introduction to Observational Drawing in a way that illustrated to me how well this type of experiential learning can work online. I’ll use the Facilitation Session Guide Criteria to organize my feedback:
Session lead up
It was unfortunate that tech glitches interfered with the lead up, but once your presence was sorted you quickly recovered and gathered us into the group and began the session. I’m sure that more practice and working within an extended course will help eliminate the glitches on both sides.
The introduction/check in activity was relevant as we shared our drawing background and prior knowledge. We turned off the microphones but as it was a small group, being able to see each other on video during the session brought an instant feeling of community. You gave us a quick tour of the functions in Blue Jeans and clearly stated that the session would be recorded. Participants were invited to opt out of the recording by turning off their video. It was a great idea to remind the participants to gather the physical tools required (piece of fruit, paper, pencil).
Purpose and objectives
The powerpoint had clear objectives but I would have appreciated a bit more time with them. I expect your explanation was rushed due to the tech glitch and in the context of an extended course, this wouldn’t be an issue as the class would be given this prior to the synchronous session.
I appreciated the balance between drawing theory, explanation, demonstration and practice. You transitioned between different media successfully and engaged this participant at every stage. It was inspiring to see that a course with such hands-on content could be so rich in an online environment.
Technical skill and comfort
I liked that you could recover from the initial delay and get us back on track without appearing flustered. It was useful to let the participants know what you would do if the screen froze so when it happened, we were prepared. Once we got to the instruction stage, you seemed comfortable using the different media in the demo part of the lesson.
Visual and technical resources:
Visual resources were clear, uncluttered and demonstrated the concepts very well. They enhanced the lesson and skillfully explained why we would be practicing the techniques.
You appeared comfortable on camera and interacted with the audience in an authentic way. Your voice was clear and the pace appropriate. I liked your use of “signposting” (specific phrases, expressions) that guided your audience through the steps in the activities.
You provided a summary of the 3 techniques we practiced and gave opportunities for participants to give live feedback at certain points in the lesson. Showing the results felt so natural to me!
Katherine, I felt quickly engaged in this drawing lesson perhaps because I was very interested in the content but also because of your skill in demonstrating and explaining. I haven’t been in an art class in many years, but it seemed possible that given the interactive setup of this lesson, the student experience in an online art class could go way beyond watching a static “how to video”. Well done!Lynette
Thank you for the feedback. This is so helpful and a confidence boost for classes to come. Under normal circumstances FYI the content covered on these foundational drawing ideas would be at least 3 hour class F2F classroom and scaffold into more sophisticated techniques.
I was so happy you held up your Lemmon to share! I totally forgot to ask people and often they are reluctant so excellent that you led the way. I felt like I had won the Fruit Medley Jackpot!
Best of luck with the English classes online, Katharine
Hi Katherine! Thank you for facilitating in Bluejeans today. It was a big outcome of introducing multiple drawing techniques via web conferencing. Although I was not able to stay for the whole session I feel that your outcomes were achieved. I liked how you prepared participants ahead of time. This was practical and also served as an advanced organizer. Unfortunate about the dual links - not sure what happened there - but you were able to recover quickly and get to the task at hand. Camera wise your technical skills were right on - I was able to see your drawing on the easel and I really liked the two camera views - this is really technical and you managed it well. I also really liked the visuals - appropriate for the topic. I would try a similar session in Zoom and compare / contrast.. Overall well done - you are a practiced facilitator now!
I appreciate you were able to join the class for the first part. I am starting to enjoy the technical aspect with my setup and it provides more time for real modelling of techniques. This course has been an excellent opportunity to learn from others and get motivated to see what else is out there that will support my class delivery.
BTW I found my BlueJeans creates different links from the website rather than the app on my computer which was where I sent the link to you. This has prepared me well for my first BlueJeans session on Saturday!
Thank you for inviting us to participate in today’s session. It was a lovely experience to try out something new – I don’t feel like I have been doing enough of that lately. Below is my feedback.
Purpose and objectives / Session closing
- I greatly appreciated the resources that you provided prior to the session. The resources prepared me for the session - they let me know what to expect and clearly laid out the tools that I would need to participate fully in the session. However, once the session got going, I struggled to remember what we were supposed to be doing and why. I think it would have been worthwhile for you to occasionally remind us of the learning outcomes. I suspect this is not really an issue when you are teaching your students, but because I didn’t have any prior knowledge of the subject, I would have found a reminder helpful.
- Your wrap-up was really strong. You did a great job of explaining how the three techniques related to each other and why to use them. I would suggest starting out the session in a similar manner – present your objectives and follow up with a quick demo, explaining how the techniques or subject matter are linked; move on to a fulsome explanation of the content, interspersed with activities; finally, wrap-up your session with another quick demonstration and a recap of the learning outcomes and how they were met. It may seem like you are repeating yourself, but often learners (especially novice learners) need continual reinforcement of the core concepts and objectives.
- I arrived late because I initially used the second session link. When I joined the session, you were explaining how to use some of the software tools apps – whiteboard, meeting highlights. It did seem like you were struggling a bit with the technology. This may have been due to nerves. However, once you jumped into the content it seemed like you were reasonably comfortable with the technology from the presenter perspective. It may be worth your time, to review some participant how-to resources so that you can support your students if they run into issues participating in activities that utilize the technology.
- Your physical set-up worked really well for the demonstration. I was able to clearly see your movements and techniques.
- I was a little confused by the perspective slide. You showed it for only a short time, and it had a lot of text on it so I wasn’t able to process the information. I would suggest either eliminating slides or resources that are unnecessary and/or distracting or limiting the amount of text on the slides or, if the information is essential, giving participants more time to fully understand the content.
- The activities were great. They gave participants an opportunity to try the different techniques. Clearly everyone enjoyed the activities and wanted to show off their work. When participants were encouraged to share it seemed to create a greater sense of community and excitement about the session. With more participants, it would have been challenging, but maybe asking for 3 or 4 volunteers to share after each activity would result in a similar outcome.
Thank you for the feedback. Sorry I didn't get to see your fruit drawing but glad you enjoyed the experience of a drawing class online!
I don't normally put a written explanation into my slides on perspective as the visuals explain and in the drawing practice experience the words meaning. It was very short session for a complicated concept, thanks for pointing this out, probably removing that slide would have been better for this class.
Thank you for sharing your session on drawing and helping me realize that I am not as useless at it as I thought. I missed the last few minutes of summary as I had booked myself to join the next session at 12:30 pm.
Three things that went well:
Once we got into the activity, I was very engaged. I enjoyed your choice of using a whiteboard and your camera, you could not have achieved the objective by using digital drawing. Seeing you and the drawing helped me understand the difference between the types of drawing.
Pictures overlaying fruits and shapes made it clear what you meant by difference between three and two dimensional
Your voice was calm and at a good pace throughout which kept me engaged and interested to learn more.
Two things to work on:
Session lead-up and opening: You had some technical issues, so we were able to start with some delay. The initial setup before getting into the topic took a little long, I think you might be able to shave off some time.
I enjoyed participating in your workshop! You have a thoughtful, calm presence that was welcoming for a beginner drawer like myself to join in and give it my best try.
I echo what my fellow participants' have already said around tech glitches (which are bound to happen) and ideally, to have arrived a bit earlier. You adapted well to the situation, maintained your focus on the core teaching/learning. I would have loved to have experienced an experiential activity in the beginning, to mirror what you did so well from about the halfway point, which was balancing instruction and active learning.
I think sending out the pre-session materials was a great way to get your participants orientated and ready for the 'live' workshop. During the workshop, you used tools well - both high tech like the 360 degree video of the objects and low tech like the drawing board and effective setup for your learners to follow along and learn by observation, (or in my case by comparison!)
The planning that went into your session was evident, and I also enjoyed the unplanned, emerging discussions such as the one about "perspective" and your response of "just draw what you see". It was simple yet effective guidance for me to engage with drawing and access my artistry.
Thank you for your comments.
Getting used to the different platforms has been a struggle. But thank you for being one of my guinea pigs for BlueJeans. I found the problem ready for my class this weekend.
Glad you felt engaged with drawing to access your artistry.
Thank you for your comments.
Glad you feel better about drawing:)
Hi Katharine - I must admit that before your session I was intrigued by how you'd tackle facilitating the development of a physical skill like drawing within the two-dimensional medium of a webinar platform - your session proved that it was possible and effective.
Some things that stood out for me:
- Excellent participant preparation
- Pre-reading material and list of required resources for the session - most of us came prepared
- Loosening up at the beginning of the session
- Nice job handling technical issues
- Maintaining your calm while you worked around the initial problems helped us as a group to remain calm
- QUESTION: We briefly saw the other 'frame' or perspective of your canvas - were we meant to see that and what was the purpose of the second camera?
- Excellent communication of your subject matter
- Your evident passion for drawing helped connect us to your presentation
- Your liberal use of drawing terminology drew us into your world as competent participants
- 'Gesture drawing is about proportion and scale - eyes are moving fast' - 'Contour line drawing is about detail - looking at shape' - 'See how the shadow is describing the form of the pear'
- Your verbal descriptions of the physical skills required helped us accomplish the exercises
- 'It's quick - wrist, elbow, shoulder - not moving your fingers' - 'Looking at the subject more than at your paper'
- NOTE: Some focused questions or having us share our work earlier may have shown you how well we were following along
- Nicely structured activities
- Moved us from gestural to contour line to volumetric drawing in a natural sequence - building one skill before moving to the next
- Good integration of video to demonstrate the concepts and to provide examples - nice job pushing the video along - we were able to grasp the concepts without using up too much time
- NOTE: A full hour may have been more appropriate to introduce, walk us through and have us practice all three types of drawing
I also learned that it is indeed possible to teach a physical skill like drawing via this medium - well done.
Thank you for the comments. I have learnt so much from everyone and it's been a wonderful opportunity to see how others are dealing with similar challenges.
I appreciate your deconstruction of the session in the feedback and glad you enjoyed the class. The other screen is an iPad tablet in position overhead view for detailed drawing instruction of technical skills, it works well as the quality is somewhat better for viewing how I do the techniques. I can record those demonstrations for my drawing library for future use. This gives me a range of camera views that helps keep the class engaged.