Drawing like a child

Growing up, noone remembers the first time they drew. We were given crayons, pencils, pens, paper and encouraged to draw. From simple marks on the paper, to representations of our home, our family, our world we saw. We were encouraged, smiled at and sometimes the drawing became displayed “ “ .

We learned from it, we better understood our world through it, we got feedback form each stroke, each picture, each adult (or sometimes) children who saw it. It shaped our understanding and learning. Helped us see our place, that of others and to break things down into simple component parts.

We were liberated, free, without guilt or questioning our abilities. It didn’t matter what we drew, it helped, aided us in our understanding. It wasn’t about creating art, it was what it was. Adults encouraged us, proud in the development they saw. We were given different tools, found new ways of marking the paper, paint, different pens and colors. We explored the mixing of colors, we reflected the world and chose colors that supported the understanding to us what it was, green for trees, blue for sky. We drew to tell stories, we brought life to the pictures, they served a bigger intention than just doodling.

But then we stopped, we wrote, we clicked, we typed. Drawing became the tool of creatives: artists, designers, architects, and visual practitioners.

When I teach visual thinking, I invite people to reconnect with this practice. To draw with liberty, freedom, without judgment or fear. Many are quick to say they can’t draw, they apologize. Please don’t! I invite you to pick up a paper, draw, write, doodle with the intention of sharing, understanding and learning collectively.

Discover what happens when we draw our system, map out the elements, their relationship to each other. What happens when we listen to a group and visualise the connections, tell stories back through the drawing back into the group or explain our concepts through simple visual frameworks and metaphors?

Welcome to the world of Visual Thinking.

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