Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 1, Rapid Fire Charts

Time yourself
  • 1st chart: 1 min. per word
  • 2nd chart: 5 min. per word
  • 3rd chart: 10 min. per word


Prof Lieu’s kid drew these when she was in the first grade!

This video will take you to the specific part of the video where the rapid fire charts are explained.


Prof Lieu’s kid in when they were in 1st grade, Ross Hines, Borany Wicks, Hyeji Kim, July Ha, Merlin SK


  • Work quickly and don’t think too hard!
  • The less you scrutinize and/or judge yourself, the more you’ll get out of this prompt.
  • Accept that your drawings are not going to look good, the objective of this prompt is not about making beautiful drawings.
  • For the charts with longer times, (10 min. per word) take the time to think about what the cliché responses are, and then eliminate it so you can try something less typical.
drawing on the charts
  • You can either print the chart out on a hard copy sheet of paper, or, for digital media, import the chart into your software and draw right on top.
  • If you don’t have a printer, and you can’t do digital media, another option is to simply free hand the grid with the boxes and write the words in.
art media

We recommend any drawing media that allows you to draw thin lines and details quickly: digital, pencil, ballpoint pen, markers, colored pencils.

Color is optional. Avoid very messy drawing media like soft pastels, charcoal, Conté à Paris Crayons

What Should Be in a Sketchbook?

A lot of artists worry about what “should” be in their sketchbook, the answer is, ANYTHING! Contrary to the sketchbooks you see on Instagram, real artist sketchbooks are a mess, full of scraps of ideas, crummy looking doodles and drawings, and are rarely finished.

See what your sketchbook “should” be: a glorious mess of whatever. Discussion is led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Cat Huang.

Brainstorming for Artists

Brainstorming is an essential process that artists can use to develop their ideas to create their artwork.

Exercises such as word association, mind maps, thumbnail sketches, and sketchbook doodles are all discussed as a means towards stimulating the development of ideas for future artworks.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Eloise Sherrid and Alex Rowe.

Show us what you make!

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