Workshops and Resources

Learn to Doodle; Doodle to Learn

I facilitate workshops in drawing for meaning,  visual thinking, and the basics of graphic recording.

To schedule a workshop for your group, contact Patricia @ Or call 416.799.6750.

Building a Visual Vocabulary: Visual Thinking 101

Sometimes words are not enough to fully engage in the important conversations of our lives. Learn simple techniques to communicate and co-create meaning with others. Together we will practice using hand-drawn visual icons and metaphors to create simple visual notes and wall-sized charts to map and discover meaning with others.

During this hands-on workshop you will practice

  • Creating meaning with words and images
  • Building a toolkit of visual metaphors and icons
  • Connecting ideas and showing relationships
  • Creating visual hierarchies
  • Mapping concepts
  • Discovering that you already have the skills to draw

Can’t draw at all? Already an expert? No problem. All levels welcome.


from Visual Learning 101, at Trade School, a part of the Toronto Design Offsite, January 2013 at the Centre for Social Innovation


Sketchnote of my Visual Learning Workshop drawn by Sacha Chua


Visual Learning resources and inspirations:

On the Web

Visual learning Slideshare

The Age of VIsualization.  Making the case for visual methods for business. British Airways Business LIfe.

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Rich overview at

Are We Hardwired to Doodle? David Robson makes the case at BBC Future.

Handmade Thinking English Professor, Laurence Musgrove’s visual thinking and learning blog.

Sketcho Frenzy  -Charming videos on how to use sketching for learning: using simple images, Venns, tree diagrams, mindmaps and others.

The Noun Project  Source for Icons. “The Noun Project is a platform empowering the community to build a global visual language that everyone can understand.”- Great for practice and building a visual vocabulary.

All about Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation.

Sketchnote Army  “Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world, from events, conferences, workshops or wherever sketchnotes are captured or created. The brainchild of Mike Rohde, Sketchnote Army has existed since November 2009.”

Eva Lotta Lam Stunning sketchnotes of conferences.

Sacha Chua: Living an Awesome Life   More stunning sketchnotes.

Mind map inspiration – beautiful, inspiring, funny Mind Maps.

Best tools and practices for concept mapping – Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame

Classroom Assessment Techniques – Concept Mapping       M. Zeilik, Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide

Doodling may help memory recall BBC News report on research “Doodling could help the mind remain alert during dull tasks”

Doodling helps you pay attention  Time magazine report.

The Nearsighted Monkey
Cartoonist Lynda Barry’s  Tumbler site for her Unthinkable Mind Class taught at University of Wisconsin, Madison. In-depth, semester of exploration into visual thinking and brain-based applied research. 

Shape Your Thinking
Brandy Agerbeck’s TEDx video presentation about using pictures to shape thinking with groups

Doodlers, unite! 
Sunni Brown  makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen in her TED talk video.

Visual Notetaking
Rachel Smith’s How to Use the iPad for sketchnotes and graphic recording.

Drawing in Class
Rachel Smith’s Tedx Talk about Doodling, Learning, and Making Sense of the world with drawing.

Visual Notetaking
Overview of Visual Notetaking methods for learning.



1000 Symbols What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth – Rowena and Rupert Shepherd, London, Thames & Hudson

Blah Blah Blah – Dan Roam. New York. Penguin. –Solving Problems with stick figures. Highly recommended.

The Sketchnote Handbook, The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking- Mike Rohde, Peachpit Press.

Picture This, Lynda Barry, Montreal, Drawn and Quarterly.

How to Mind Map: The Thinking Tool that Will Change Your Life – T. Buzan, UK: HarperCollins

Doodle Revolution  Sunni Brown

The Icon Book: Visual Symbols for Computer Systems and DocumentationWilliam Horton. New York: John Wiley and Sons

Make a world, Ed Emberly’s Drawing Book – Ed Emberly- NY Little,Brown and Company

The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential – T. Buzan & B. Buzan, New York: Plume

Mapping Inner Space – Nancy Margulies: Chicago: Zephyr Press – Includes tips for graphic facilitators

The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide – B. Agerbeck, Chicago:

Visual Meetings. David Sibbet.. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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