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The Benefits of Drawing

The Benefits of Drawing
I have been very fortunate to have several exceptional coaches and teachers. I have noticed that they have a lot of things in common. They have a lot of trust in the success of their students. They attentively listen to us. They challenge our assumptions. They know how to engage us.


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  • Drawing is an act of being present in the moment.
  • Drawing is an act of capturing and connecting - it is evidence of what happened on the page at any particular moment.



Drawing and conflict

When we draw something while we are in conflict, we can map the conflict out and represent it in a safe space - on paper. It creates distance between the conflict and the person. 

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    Graphic facilitation vs. fine art

    In fine art, we can make abstract marks that are only about self-expression.

    In graphic facilitation, drawing is used to make things understandable. An abstract thought can be represented wi...

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    Visual note-taking

    Visual note-taking

    Using simple words and pictures helps us to see connections between pieces of information, get a better idea of what we understand and what we don’t, and remember it for later.


    Helpful tips for trying visual note-taking

    • Turn your paper 90 degrees so it’s longer than it is tall. 
    • Pair images with your own words.
    • Arrange them on the page in a way that makes sense to you
    • The images don’t have to be complicated or artsy. They don’t have to make sense to anybody else. They just have to be meaningful to you.

    The Concept of Graffiti

    The Concept of Graffiti

    Graffiti, or the practice of writing, drawing, painting or doodling on walls and other surfaces is as old as man himself, with prehistoric and ancient cave paintings of hunting scenes being the fir...

    Modern Graffiti

    • Contemporary graffiti dates back to 1967, arising from the Black and Latino communities in New York City, with the aerosol spray paint acting as a catalyst.
    • The artists, known as taggers, used to ‘tag’ or paint in as many locations as possible, with the intention to ‘get up’, having maximum people see the art.
    • Subway cars and trains became the next big thing to ‘tag’ with graffiti, as their mobile nature ensured that more people would see it. The giant artwork had a unique energy and aura while it moved, creating an effect that is not possible on a static wall.

    NYC Graffiti Problem

    In about a decade, the ‘vandalism’ of infrastructure and public property became a big problem in NYC, as it had a negative psychological effect on every citizen. The authorities put in measures to make it harder for the writers to hit their targets, but it just made the game more challenging and interesting for the artists.

    Extreme steps were taken in 1984 to clear NYC of Subway car/train graffiti, and commuters had to face hardships, but the practice of street graffiti flourished in the coming decades.

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    Journaling approaches

    • The Gratitude Journal: Simply write about something that you’re grateful for.
    • Morning Pages: Before starting work each day, write 3 pages, long-ha...

    What you write, you learn

    The key to learning is to stop passively consuming information and start actively engaging with the ideas we encounter.

    One effective way researchers have found to reinforce learning is through reflective writing: It promotes the brain’s attentive focus, boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns and gives the brain time for reflection.

    What you write, you control

    • Recording your thoughts in a medium outside your own head helps your mind to become quieter: It stops returning to the same worn-out mental loops over and over. 
    • When you recount and reflect upon your thoughts and experiences you are, in effect, telling your own story. Journaling helps us clarify, edit, and find new meaning in these narratives.