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Drawing Even When You Think You Can’t: Tips and Techniques for Teachers and Their Students

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Drawing Even When You Think You Can’t: Tips and Techniques for Teachers and Their Students

Presented by Tim May, Creative Director, XPLANE

Sponsored by Wacom



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Let’s face it, we’re not all gifted visual artists, but as educators we often need to create visuals for students, teach students to draw, use visuals to explain concepts and ideas, and engage students more deeply. For this edWebinar, bring some paper and pencils, or your tablet and digital pen, and Tim May, Creative Director for XPLANE, will show you some simple tricks and techniques to help you draw to explain, draw to express, and draw to communicate with your students and your colleagues.

Tim’s simple visual-thinking techniques, easy-to-adapt sketching basics, and insights into using visuals to connect and collaborate will help K-12 teachers and their students enjoy drawing and build lasting visual expression skills—all using simple lines, circles and shapes. Spend an hour with Tim and then start using these visual techniques to keep your students on track, excited and seeing new possibilities in learning!

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, professional development leaders, curriculum leaders, technology directors and coordinators, career and technical education teachers, and photography, art, and media arts educators at all grade levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Tim MayAbout the Presenter

Tim May wields the alchemy of design, curiosity, caffeine, sketchnoting, and visual thinking to create meaningful, substantive change for organizations with a particular focus on helping humans of all ages and interests collaborate, engage, and solve challenges. Tim has been practicing this kind of sorcery for about 22 years through various design roles at several firms in Boston and the Pacific Northwest, currently serving as Creative Director at XPLANE’s Portland headquarters. Tim’s interest in helping educators discover and use visual communications is a lifelong passion and his own teaching approaches are relatable and accessible. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah and studied painting at the University of Bonn in Germany. Tim is a frequent presenter at conferences, an experienced podcaster, the spouse of an educator, and a dad who’s helped his children thrive during remote learning.


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Wacom delivers innovative digital technologies to support all aspects of human creativity. For educators and students, Wacom provides remote-ready tools, including digital pen and tablet technology for eLearning in traditional classroom and lab settings and for remote and blended teaching and learning across the K-12 curriculum.


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