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  • Writer's pictureBethann Garramon Merkle

Sketching Tip: Sketching Techniques Toolkit

Updated: Jan 12

Student practicing simplifying a complex image into essential lines (at a Sketching for Scientists workshop I taught at Harvard Forest)

I teach numerous Sketching for Scientists workshops each semester, for faculty, students, and science/science-allied professionals beyond academia. Each time, we do a lively, evidence-based crash course in habits of mind and foundational drawing techniques. I keep the focus tightly on integrating drawing with doing and sharing science, and for faculty, there is an additional coaching element where I help them think through curricular planning that can make grading feasible and productive and convincingly convey the value and utility of drawing for learning science.


Each time I run these workshops, I share a list of the techniques we’ve discussed, as a memory aid.


Here’s that list, in case it’s also helpful for you!


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