WORKSHOPS & TEACHING

Image Description: An illustrated laptop with pictures of students holding up pages of visual notes they have drawn.

Please Note!

All workshops through mid 2021 will be taught remotely due to COVID-19. Please get in touch if you'd like to schedule one of the workshops below.

I am also currently offering:

- Visual Notetaking for Remote Learning:

Strategies for FUN, focused listening and notetaking

- Visual Storytelling for Remote Work:

Designing Compelling Visuals for your Presentations, Reports & Everything else that is even more boring on Zoom

Visual Notetaking 101

Visual Notetaking 101 is designed to introduce you to a new way of taking notes. We'll break down traditional notetaking and why it doesn't work well for most learners and then we'll explore how you might develop a new methodology for recording information that's more attuned to the way that your unique brain works! 

In this class, we'll cover the basics of: 

- Text Design

- Drawing & Building a Visual Vocabulary

- Active Listening as a note taker

This class is great for anyone who would like to improve their ability to take notes or teach others how to take notes. I have run this workshop with college students, K-12 students, teachers, adult learners and teams of working professionals. 

Length: This workshop is best taught as a 1.5 - 2 hour session.

There are no pre-requisites for this workshop-- all you need is something to write with and something to write on! 

Image Description: Illustration titled "Emphasis" with various words and images illustrated in black and teal. The text reads "differentiation" with white text in a black box, "connectors" written in white text in a green arrow, "containers" written in a green cloud "anchor images" at the bottom of the page in white text surrounded by a black shape, "blocked out space" in white text on a light teal box, "a picture" in light green text pointing to an image icon, "less emphasis" in small black text and "characters" next to a black silhouette of a person-shaped image.

Intro to Visual Storytelling

Intro to Visual Storytelling is a spin-off of visual notetaking 101 that is designed to introduce you to the world of visual storytelling. We'll talk through how you can begin to incorporate visuals and creativity into your work, studies, social media and presentations.

In this class, we'll cover the basics of: 

- Text Design

- Drawing & Building a Visual Vocabulary

- Types of Visual Storytelling & How to Start Using them

This class is great for anyone who would like to incorporate more visual storytelling into their life, but may feel overwhelmed or intimidated. You don't need to be a "creative" or an "artist" or know how to draw to find this workshop useful. I have taught this workshop to working professionals (both whose job it is to be creative and those who would like to incorporate more creativity into their work), as well as students of all ages.

Length: This workshop is best taught as a 1.5 - 2+ hour session.

There are no pre-requisites for this workshop-- all you need is something to write with and something to write on! 

Image Description: Illustration titled "Some types of visual storytelling:" in black text. Written and drawn below are pictures of a video, an article with "sweet images" added, a miro board, comic/graphic text, a computer with the words "visual deck," mimicking a powerpoint deck, a phone with the text "swipey story" mimicking an instagram post and the words "visual notes & illustrated journalism." 

As an introverted, female-identifying queer person, "speaking up" has never been something I have felt particularly comfortable with. I am deeply grateful for the teachers who brought drawing, painting and visual communication skills into my life -- they help me to articulate the ideas in my head and have something to show, rather than just say, when I speak to a room full of people. 

 

I am committed to passing these skills on to as many people as is possible-- in particular, to students who are marginalized and made to feel uncomfortable sharing their ideas in traditional education and work environments.

 

My teaching style is relaxed, silly, based on both personal experience and research and intended to help my students uncover their own unique ways of processing and communicating information. I believe that anyone can be a proud drawer if given the right amount of instruction, encouragement and practice.

My Teaching Style

Image Description: Abby VanMuijen (a light-skinned, cis woman is pointing to a wall of pink, yellow and blue post-its. 

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