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More Collaborative Drawing Games from ARTogether

This November at CMA, we’re examining Equity and sharing the Drawing Game, a fun, silly game created by Surrealist artists. This is a fun, low-risk icebreaker that can promote socialization. It’s perfect for family time over the holidays. Encourage the child you’re working with to break down social barriers through art-making. Together, reflect on what it was like making space for another person in the drawing.

Drawing games can be scaled for all different learning styles. Find two more fun drawing games from ARTogether Facilitators Melissa Diaz and Deborah Fung below! 

Family Scribble

Project by Melissa Diaz, LCAT, ATR-BC, ARTogether Facilitator

What you’ll need:

  • Large piece of white or brown butcher paper
  • Tape
  • Drawing materials: colored pencils, markers, crayons or pastels

Intention: Family Scribble drawing is a simple method to create a large abstract collaborative drawing. Perfect for a warm-up as scribbling is a less vulnerable drawing approach for those who are new to art. Using a large paper allows for all of the family to participate, collaboratively or independently.


  1. Tape butcher paper on wall or table.
  2. Each person chooses a drawing material
  3. Facilitator invites group to scribble together, demonstrating different scribble types, if needed. Family members can try a variety of colors, marks, various speeds, directions and shapes.
  4. When scribbling is finished take some time to observe drawing from all angles. Much like seeing shapes in the clouds, everyone is invited to discover shapes, patterns and images.
  5. Color in or trace over found images.
  6. When artwork is finished, the family can choose a name for the piece and the facilitator can support family members in a reflection of the process.

Follow the Leader Line

Project by Deborah Fung, ATR, ARTogether Facilitator

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Drawing materials: colored pencils, markers, crayons or pastels

Intention: A fun and easy way to warm-up and encourage family members to validate each other. This activity supports the family to grow in awareness of how they influence others, as well as encourage abstract thinking.


  1. Each person chooses a drawing material.
  2. Family members take turns being the leader and whatever line the leader makes the others must imitate and follow.
  3. After a sufficient amount of time playing at drawing lines, the facilitator can ask the family if they see an image in the lines and if they would like to add lines and shading to develop this image.
  4. The leader and follower can take turns each developing their own images amongst the lines or work together on the same image.
  5. When finished, the facilitator can lead a discussion on the fun moments, the uncertain moments and the frustrating moments of the art-making process.

ARTogether is CMA’s community-based family support program serving families in NYC’s child welfare system. ARTogether provides an opportunity for families to enjoy court-ordered visits in CMA’s art-filled, family-friendly space, which was specifically designed to promote parent-child interaction. With guidance form clinically trained visit facilitators, families collaborate on art projects, play together, and forge new family memories through shared creative experiences. Learn more about ARTogether here

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


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