Freehand drawing activities in the classroom: opportunities and challenges.

Gyuzel Gadelshina, David Spoors, Karla Simone Prime

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In our current research we recognise the potential of freehand drawing activities as one of the means of developing visually literate business graduates. We also suggest that academics could explore a range of innovative freehand art-based teaching practices in addition to technology-based approaches which are currently widely utilised to accommodate the learning needs of ‘digital natives’. On the other hand, we appreciate the challenges associated with the introduction of freehand drawing activities in the classroom. This might include, for example, persuading both staff and students of the value that freehand drawing could bring to their respective learning and teaching practices.

With our understanding that everybody can draw, we would like to encourage the use of freehand drawing within business schools’ curricula and beyond. With this thought in mind, we introduced our freehand drawing activity to teaching and learning professionals at a number of national conferences. For the freehand drawing activity, colleagues were asked to discuss the magnitude of corruption by drawing and presenting several examples of how $1 trillion (US Dollars) could be presented in more understandable terms. The freehand drawings below are reproduced with the kind permission from our workshops participants.
Original languageEnglish
TypeAcademic Blog
Media of outputCABS website
PublisherChartered Association of Business Schools
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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