As we all know, Investigation Workbooks should function as working documents and support the student’s independent, informed investigation and studio practice.


They provide an opportunity for reflection and discovery and they play a key role in allowing ideas to take shape and grow. One of the ways that ideas might ‘take shape and grow’ is through doodling: there should be a balance between analytical and open-ended discussion, illustrating the student’s creative thinking – but creative thinking itself might be expressed through the doodle?


Doodling need not be a mindless drawing exercise: a year ago (September 2011) a TED presentation featured Sunni Brown proposes that doodling “can be leveraged as a portal through which we move people into higher levels of visual literacy

Doodling is an incredibly powerful tool, and a better definition of doodling is “to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think.”


“Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen”. In her book “Gamestorming,” Sunni Brown shows how using art and games can empower serious problem-solving”.

Do your students ever doodle in their workbooks?

Maybe they should!


Link to Visual Literacy & The Value of Doodling by Dana D’Orazio