Drawing for Work

A woman drawing a graphic recording style illustration on a wall.

Join us to take your sketching skills to the next level!

In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn about the practice of drawing for work using the art of visual processing and communication.

Good collaboration relies on good communication. Drawing allows us to quickly communicate and gain shared understanding through images instead of having to rely solely on words. Studies have also shown that people who ‘doodleʼhave higher retention levels than people who simply write down their thoughts on paper.

Youʼre not an artist? Not to worry! Itʼs not about art, itʼs about conveying simple messages.

As part of Drawing for Work you will cover basic drawing skills, learn to draw simple people, faces, and common objects. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned how to draw just about anything (yes, anything!) and have the confidence to apply your new skills to relevant and useful situations in the workplace.

What happens in this workshop

A combination of creative drawing exercises, tools and sketching demonstrations, Drawing for Work is a feel-good exploration of drawing hacks, 
hidden confidence, and skill.

You will be introduced to new methods and frameworks for successful visual communication at work, in a fun two-hour session filled with sketching and storytelling.

This workshop will help you with

  • Creating engaging presentations with messages that stick.
  • Telling stories with feeling to build empathy within an organisation.
  • Creating documents and artefacts that people are excited to look at.
  • Taking visual notes to improve memory retention by 29%.

Who this workshop is for

Not an artist? Not to worry! It’s not about art, it’s about conveying messages simply and tangibly. Absolute beginners encouraged, and loads of useful stuff for more confident pen-wielders too.

Run this workshop for your team

Get in touch if you'd like to host a tailored Drawing for Work workshop for your team.

We run a fun, hands-on team-building workshop that teaches practical drawing and visual communication skills, and helps your team to develop a shared practice of drawing.

We can run it as an online workshop for teams anywhere in the world. If you're in Melbourne, we can come to your office and run it in person or as a hybrid workshop.

Join our next online workshop

Sign up to be notified when we schedule our next open Drawing for Work workshop online.

These open workshops are a fun way to develop new drawing skills and connect with other people who are interested in using visual communication in their work.

Your facilitator
Fiona Smith

Principal Designer, MAKE Studios

Fiona is a strategist, an enthusiastic and energising facilitator, and a creative thinker. She has a background in communication design and branding, and has held senior roles as a designer and creative director in studios in the United States and Australia. 

Her experience spans research, the circular economy and strategic design across government, education and business sectors. Fiona has a particular focus on understanding people’s motivations and barriers, visualising complexity to create clarity and alignment and using storytelling for change.