Look at Them Go – Drawing to Learn

I’m teaching a course this semester for first-year students called “Drawing to Learn.”  It’s one of about 50 courses offered by our Freshman College to help students become acclimated to college learning.  Faculty get to choose a topic they’re interested in and design a course around that interest.  My course is grounded in the idea that drawing can be a more efficient process for learning, communicating, and leading than textual or numerical languages.

Here are the supplies I handed out during the first class.


Each student received a package of 12 colored pencils, a Palomino Blackwing pencil, and a Moleskine notebook.

Over the course of the next 8 weeks, students will learn the following six drawing-to-learn strategies:

  1. Drawing to Calm – Coloring
  2. Drawing to Listen – Doodling
  3. Drawing to Record Learning – Sketchnoting
  4. Drawing to Create Learning – Handmade Thinking
  5. Drawing to See – Representing
  6. Drawing to Present Learning – Illustrated Speaking

Look at them go.

first day of class