Drawing and other visual methods such as collage have an important role to play in every discipline, not just those such as art and design with which they are usually associated. Some of the most common potential functions of drawing include:
- Observational drawing – to sharpen perception and make rapid and accurate records of key data in almost any situation.
- Conceptual drawing and diagramming – helps students visualise ideas and processes, compare their understanding and develop critical thinking skills;reinforces memory.
- Collaborative drawing and image making activities – can develop communication skills, encourage reflection on experience, professional and personal development planning.
Drawing to Learn Booklets
We published a set of four booklets to support the use of drawing in higher education. Each title is addressed to a broad cluster of disciplines and offers a brief introduction to the ways in which drawing and other visual methods may be used to support undergraduate and postgraduate learning and research.
You can download the booklets via the links below.
- Drawing to Learn: Arts & Humanities
- Drawing to Learn: Business, Education, Law, Management & Social Science
- Drawing to Learn: Clinical Education, Health and Social Care
- Drawing to Learn: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
We hope the ideas and examples will encourage lecturers and supervisors to explore the possibilities in their own teaching. Please contact Pauline Ridley firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss this in more detail.
- Picturing to Learn This project involved science students and faculty from Harvard, MIT, Duke University and Roxbury Community College, and is part of the Harvard Envisioning Science Program. It enabled undergraduate students to clarify their own understanding of scientific concepts and processes by making freehand drawings to explain these concepts to non-experts. These drawings are also used as assessment tools.
- LearnHigher Visual Practices Workshops – a video resource for staff wishing to run drawing workshops or to include drawing activities in their teaching sessions.This is one of an award winning series; you can access the other titles through the LearnHigher website at http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/index.php?p=8
- Suggestions for drawing activities suitable for use during induction periods: Drawing Activities for Induction.pdf.
- Draw online workshop (aimed at adults aged 16 plus, includes plenty of drawing ideas, exercises and techniques). This is part of the generally excellent AccessArt website which also includes SketchbookSpace and other resources to support drawing.
- Geology fieldwork tips
- Techniques for drawing botanical subjects under the microscope