Visual Storytelling and Live Sketching Workshops

Sometimes words are not enough to fully engage in the important conversations of our lives. Learn simple techniques to tell your story and to 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.

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During this hands-on workshop you will practice

  • Drawing simple pictures to communicate big ideas
  • Building a toolkit of visual metaphors and icons
  • Connecting ideas and show relationships
  • Creating a personal visual vocabulary
  • Discovering that you already have the skills to draw

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

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





Sketchnote of my Visual Learning Workshop drawn by Sacha Chua


Resources for Visual Storytelling and Live Sketching

On the Web

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Rich overview of methods at

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.

Sketchnote Army sketchnotearmy.comSketchnote 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.”

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

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


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

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, Plume

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

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


Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud’s TED talk.

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

Who’s talking about live sketching…
and what are they saying?

“Why Companies are Hiring Artists for their Meetings”  CNBC

“For Polished Presentations, Think Visually”  The Globe and Mail

“See What I Mean: The Power of Visual Learning” Fast Company

“How Graphic Facilitation Can Support Project Management” PM Volunteers

“We can learn to solve complex problems with simple pictures.” Dan Roam”

“Innovation is all about seeing around corners and imagining new possibilities. The act of visualizing supports this kind of ideation.” David Sibbett