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Visual Notetaking: A Beginner's Guide to Sketchnotes

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About The Class

the art of graphic facilitation.

Graphic facilitation uses attention-grabbing images, colors, and words to represent ideas shared during meetings, conferences, and events. Learn how it is done in Visual Notetaking: A Beginner's Guide to Sketchnotes with Giselle Chow.

In this beginner-friendly class, you’ll learn how to actively listen and illustrate ideas in a whole new way. 

Giselle will teach you how to: 

  • Listen for relevant information
  • Represent ideas in text and graphics
  • Build an icon bank 
  • Use color and size for emphasis

Giselle is a consultant with The Grove and in this class, she’ll teach you how to make ideas leap off a page. Gisel will cover everything from preparation to execution and you’ll learn how to make a visual compendium of an event that can be shared with attendees and social audiences.

You’ll also learn about drawing connections in a way that makes information easier to retain and helps visual thinkers grasp new concepts and ideas.

If you want to add an exciting new skills to your design repertoire and learn how to make engaging, share-worthy visual notes, don’t miss Visual Notetaking: A Beginner's Guide to Sketchnotes with Giselle Chow. 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Visual Notetaking Intro

  2. 02

    What is Visual Notetaking?

    Visual notetaking uses words and imagery to create a real-time representation of what is being said or being worked on.

  3. 03

    Start with Lettering

  4. 04

    Choose a Color Palette

  5. 05

    Draw Icons from Basic Shapes

  6. 06

    What Makes a Great Icon

  7. 07

    What's In Your Toolkit?

  8. 08

    Getting Started: Logistical Planning

  9. 09

    Layout Design: The List

  10. 10

    Layout Design: The Cluster

  11. 11

    Add Visuals: Borders, Relationships, & Metaphors

  12. 12

    Learn to Listen for Major Themes

  13. 13

    Practice: What Do You Hear?

  14. 14

    Practice: Strengthen Your Listening Skills

  15. 15

    Visual Notetaking Next Steps


Meet Your Expert

Giselle Chow

Giselle Chow designs, leads, and facilitates group and institutional change processes as a Senior Consultant at the Grove Consultants International, based in the historic Presidio in San Francisco. Her area of practice and expertise is graphic facilitation; the creation of large-scale drawings and graphics in real time that enable participants to see their work, identify patterns, and make connections. Her work is ... read more

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94% of students recommend this class.
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  • Sara


    May 2019

    Wonderful overview of sketch noting with tons of opportunities to practice, learn, and refine skills! Appreciated the side benefits of recognizing sketchnoting involves active listening and the opportunity to practice that too. Thank you! 110% recommend this course.

  • Tran Phuong

    Tran Phuong

    September 2017

    Great fundamental skills for effective notetaking! I love Gisele and all her lessons! They are super easy to follow and understand. Would recommend it of course!

  • Lisa Houghton

    December 2019

    I really enjoyed this class. I am a beginner sketchnoter and found it very helpful. Great pace and delivery by instructor. Every minute was worth it. Thank you!

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