Drawing challenge

At IATEFL Harrogate 2014, many of us were very impressed by the artistic endeavours of Christina Rebuffet-Broadus, who introduced us to the idea of sketchnoting.

I have to admit that her beautiful, and beautifully-organised, notebook made me a bit jealous, since my artistic skills are somewhat lacking. Carol Goodey and James Taylor seconded this, and I thought it would be fun to make us all feel a bit better by setting a drawing challenge, and proving we can all make our artwork understandable! Maybe it will be the first step towards out own sketchnoting at future webinars and conferences 😉

The rules

1. Choose four things you often have to draw in the classroom, or that you’ve had bad experiences drawing in the past (!). I suggest a person doing a particular action or job, an animal, a vehicle, and a miscellanous object, but you can draw whatever you like.
2. Draw them in any way you see fit (on a board, on paper, on a tablet…) but don’t spend any more time on it than you would in a lesson.
3. Share the results for us to guess what they are. 🙂

My offerings


My drawings

After that, I think you’ll agree, it’s a good job I’m a teacher, not an artist, as I often tell my students!

I look forward to seeing your artwork. 🙂

Challenge accepted!

David Harbinson was the first to take up the challenge, and has also shared his version of sketchnotes from a recent webinar.

Martin Sketchley shared his version of a skeleton from his YL classroom, and added four drawings for you to guess.

Maria Theologidou added a twist to her contribution by sharing a great activity for practising past simple and past continuous through drawing.

17 thoughts on “Drawing challenge

  1. Some friends invented a drinking game on the back of something like this…..we realised how no one can ever draw a badger or a bicycle properly. Try it…..
    Anyway, trying to draw both in the pub resulted in the game ‘3 second draw’ where someone says an object and everyone has to draw it. The one who said the object chooses the best and they choose the next item.


  2. Wow, Sandy, I feel so honored to be mentioned on your blog and to have inspired your drawing challenge–what a fantastic idea and a great way to show people that they don’t have to be artists to doodle and sketch things out! Very empowering! I’ll add my own four drawings this weekend!
    In the meantime, here are my guesses for yours:
    1. A person running
    2. A horse
    3. A car and camper
    4. A candlesnuff 🙂

    Great idea–love it!


  3. I’d say:

    1. Someone running
    2. A horse
    3. A caravan
    4. A megaphone?

    This might make for a quick fun post over the weekend. Tag it #drawingchallenge on Twitter?


  4. I should be getting ready for work but I’m sitting here trying to guess what number four is! I still have no idea. Is it a snow capped mountain, with people climbing it and a ledge half way up for them to sleep on? 😉


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