Presenting Pecha Kucha
As an art educator, I know that it is my responsibility to keep the learning in my artroom fun, exciting, and
colorful for my students. Each year I
enjoy learning and growing so that I
can be the best teacher possible.
Last year was my second year
teaching AP art. I wanted to do something different, since critiquing our
work in the same manner each week
began to feel a bit old and forced. I felt
it was time to shake things up and
get my students excited about the art
of critiquing. I wanted them to share
their concentration and breadth pieces
in their portfolios, but I wanted them
to do this in a quick format, allowing
the art to be the commentary. I was
looking for a means to showcase more
art with less talk.
What Is Pecha Kucha?
I began to do some research on creative ways in which to teach this
and came across the Pecha Kucha
(pronounced peh-chak-cha) approach.
The history behind Pecha Kucha presentations is very interesting. A group
of architects in Tokyo decided they
wanted to shorten the speaking time
of the presenters
at one of their
meetings, so they
devised the Pecha
(20x20 stands for
twenty images, twenty seconds each).
Pecha Kucha is a Japanese term for the
sound of conversation or “chit chat.”
This first Pecha Kucha was held in
February 2003 as an event for young
designers to meet, network, and show
their works in public. It soon turned
into a huge celebration, and soon hun-
dreds of cities around the world began
to catch on.
would only be viewed for twenty
seconds. We used a standard kitchen
timer as our official clock.
Pecha Kucha is a Japanese
term for the sound of
conversation or “chit chat.”
Pecha Kucha Night
The night of the event, we began
the presentations and there was an
immediate change in the way students
listened, looked, and became involved
in each of the mini presentations.
After the twelve students completed
their presentations, we had a quick
discussion about what the participants
and viewers thought about the event.
Everyone loved it!
We are now planning our Pecha
Kucha night 2011 and will be using
it to kick off our Youth Art Month
events here at North Gwinnett High
School this spring. Students are
already working on their slide shows,
and I’m sure this will become an
Planning Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha is a format that makes
presentations concise while keeping
things moving at a rapid pace. This
sounded like the perfect plan for me to
bring to my AP students, so together
we planned our very own Pecha Kucha
night at our high school.
Debi West is department chair and visual
art teacher at North Gwinnett High
School in Suwanee, Georgia. dewestudio@