How to Draw Anything @ the Asterix in Britain Exhibition
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

How to Draw Anything @ the Asterix in Britain Exhibition

Remember how you used to draw with confidence and joy as a child? What happened? Why did you stop? This workshop will help you rediscover that natural instinct for expressing yourself through drawing, and along the way you will see how drawing can give clarity to your thoughts, trigger memories, invigorate passions and solve problems.

Led by Dan Porter and Chris Wilson, founders of Scriberia, and authors of "How to Draw Anything", this workshop will set out to repair our broken relationship with drawing. It will take drawing out of the art world and put it into your world, introducing you to drawing as a practical tool for everyday life that will change the way you work, think and communicate. No previous drawing experience necessary.

This workshop is part of a programme of events linked to the exhibition Asterix in Britain: The Life & Work of René Goscinny, which is on at The Jewish Museum from 10th May to 30th September. Watch this space for details on how to book.

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Oct
10
2:00 PM14:00

Sketchnoting: powerful techniques for learning and remembering

The ability to make quick useful picture-notes is increasingly recognised as an important skill whether you’re a team leader, health professional, teacher, student, policy-maker – or indeed anyone who needs to capture, absorb and share complex information in ways that stick.

We’ve all been taught to take down content from talks and articles in dry and tedious lists. This workshop explains the science behind why the act of drawing while you’re listening improves focus, comprehension and knowledge retention. A sketchnote can also be a very valuable tool for explaining ideas and processes to others.

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The core of this session is a series of simple hands-on exercises that reveal step-by-step how to sketchnote live presentations and written content. You’ll learn visual-recording and -mapping techniques to prioritise key points, organise them and make them memorable.

You’ll discover how to present concepts in a clear and eye-catching way with strong layout and simple but effective typography.

And you’ll leave the workshop with the understanding and inspiration to start using sketchnoting as an everyday tool for your own and your team’s learning.


Scriberia are known for their sketchnotes – and they’re fantastic at helping others improve their sketchnoting skills too. Dan showed us how to draw a range of concepts, from small graphics to bigger pictures telling a story. With his friendly approach and helpful feedback, we quickly picked up lots of skills, as well as having fun!
— Leigh Kendall, Communications Lead, NHS Horizons
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Oct
17
2:00 PM14:00

Creative Firestarters: drawing to spark ideas

When you’re feeling blank, stuck in a rut or lacking creative confidence, we want to show you how drawing can help liberate the imagination, whether or not your work is image-based.

At Scriberia we know from daily experience how drawing can reveal fresh insights by making connections that never would have met on a page of text. This workshop shares our team’s expert insights and the games we play to stay creatively limber and keep our ideas flowing.

As we guide you through a series of playful and fast-paced experiments, you’ll learn first-hand how creative constraints can vanquish fear of the blank page and liberate possibility. 

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You’ll experience how drawing can open up problems and questions, refine hazy ideas and hunches, and find potential apparently from nowhere.

You’ll learn tricks and techniques to weave creativity into your day-to-day routine. 

And you’ll take away our best advice and insights for keeping your imagination fuelled.

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Oct
31
2:00 PM14:00

Clarity from Complexity: drawing to think

How many of us count drawing as a tool for thinking? Yet figuring out how to turn something into a picture provides a unique opportunity to look at it afresh and analyse what really matters.

The process of picturing a subject on paper forces us to clarify our understanding of it. It can help us find the core of an idea, focus its message and keep it beautifully simple. It can help us identify priorities, spot confusion, and resolve problems. And that’s the case whether or not its final form is visual.

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This workshop is designed to help hone your instinct for elegant economy, whether you’re a charity campaigner, creative agency or science researcher. You’ll explore great examples and techniques for breaking down rich and complex subjects, and organising and prioritising their contents. Through revealing drawing experiments, you’ll discover how to make ideas leaner, visions stronger, presentations smarter and communications more succinct.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to apply these lessons to both visual and non-visual communication, from social media campaigns to phone pitches. 


It was a great workshop for the whole team. Through illustration we examined the thought process of getting to a focused message, of identifying the most important information to be communicated… I thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to use it when I’m planning a presentation or a brief.
— Tom Oliver, Senior Design Manager, Mars Global Chocolate
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Nov
7
2:00 PM14:00

Visual Storytelling: how to communicate beyond words

Scriberia is a world-leading visual storyteller, and this workshop shares our essential insights for creating pictures more powerful and fast-acting than text alone. It’s useful for anyone who needs to build compelling storyboards and plots, pitch for attention, make impact with case studies, bring planning scenarios to life, capture user perspectives, represent customer journeys, or map tangled histories.

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Through practical experiments and group conversation, the workshop gives you creative insights and practical techniques for telling a brilliant visual story. That includes how to:

  • picture characters, concepts, emotions, processes, journeys, time sequences and plots
  • find visual metaphors to express ideas better and quicker than words
  • identify core themes and threads to clarify and drive the story
  • choose narrative forms and frameworks to communicate clearly and powerfully.

You’ll take away tools to adapt and apply to your own processes and challenges.


Given the work that we do, our biggest challenge is to present compelling messages to our clients, conveying complex stories yet being able to communicate juicy detail. It was a fantastic session, everyone truly enjoyed it and is embracing the things that we learnt - it was incredibly helpful and inspiring.
— Lucia Turco, Lead Insights Consultant, Globant
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Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

Picturing Change: tools to show what the future looks like

How do you go about making change if you can’t picture it? And how do you involve and mobilise others to help make a vision happen if they don’t know what it looks like?

We can’t photograph what’s in our heads, so drawing is a brilliantly adaptable way to give shape and substance to plans and visions. A clear picture of the future can create a common understanding of the way forward, and be a highly effective means of encouraging shifts in personal and team mindset. The process of making it can give another form of voice for those who aren’t comfortable speaking up in meetings. And often visualising the journey reveals its opportunities and gaps.

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This workshop is designed to help you develop skills to plan better, communicate a tangible vision, and create common understanding with your teams and clients. 

Through lively examples and exercises, you’ll learn how to create simple pictures and models to explain and engage others constructively with change. 

You’ll explore ways to picture the people affected by it, show how the process works, spot potential pitfalls and envision compelling goals. 

You’ll leave with tools to adapt and apply to the future you want to make happen.


We saw so much more engagement when we started using pictures… It’s the change agents in the organisation that really matter. It’s all about collaborating and getting everyone’s voices heard.
— John Fitzpatrick, Senior Digital Service Manager, National Prisons and Probation Service
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Ink, Think and Drink: Scriberia's Games Night
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Ink, Think and Drink: Scriberia's Games Night

Keen to play light-hearted drawing games and test your visual thinking powers? Want to do that while meeting like-minded folk over a drink?

Then join us for this fast-paced evening of inky fun hosted by Scriberia's Academy team. They'll set us the kind of tests we play in-house to keep our pens lively and our minds sharp.

This social event is part of the Academy's wider public programme of events and workshops for non-artists. To find out more, visit our Academy page and check out our listings on Eventbrite.

This event happens in Scriberia's Inktank, our specially designed creative space. (It's on street level and has an accessible loo.)

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Wake Up and Draw 2 with YCN
May
9
9:30 AM09:30

Wake Up and Draw 2 with YCN

"Drawing is decision making in its purest form."

Scriberia is the home of hardworking pictures; a place in which its scribes can help us to simplify our thinking, tap into our subconscious, and provoke, persuade and change the way we make our points. Founders Dan and Chris believe that drawing can help us to "see the wood for the trees, encouraging us to levitate over a situation and remove the distortions of a personal perspective”.

To bring the power of the picture to life, Dan and Chris have kindly agreed to host an illustratively invigorating session for a group of members on the morning of Thursday 10th May. Having briefly introduced the thinking and magic behind their methods, they’ll take us through a series of drawing challenges and exercises — proving that anyone can really draw anything (also explained in their marvellous new book).

This is a great opportunity to sharpen your drawing skills, take away immediately applicable new skills and to get to grips with Scriberia’s unique take on the power of pictures to change the world.

Free for YCN members

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How to Draw Anything @ Stratford Literary Festival
Apr
25
5:00 PM17:00

How to Draw Anything @ Stratford Literary Festival

You might have read a book or written an email or shopping list, but when was the last time you drew anything? Sign up to a session with Dan Porter and Chris Wilson, creative directors of Scriberia - the London agency that specialises in visual communication - and authors of How To Draw Anything. They’ll show you just how easy it is to master the art of drawing, transforming you from nervous novice to confident artist in no time! Fun-packed and stress-free, this is a fantastic opportunity to improve your drawing skills, discover a heap of helpful tips, and get to grips with Scriberia’s unique perspective on the power of pictures to change the world.

Price: £12

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How to Draw Anything @ Dulwich Literary Festival
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

How to Draw Anything @ Dulwich Literary Festival

  • Infomatics Suite, Dulwich College (map)
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Remember how you used to draw with confidence and joy as a child? This session will help you harness that natural skill, and along the way you will discover how drawing can give your thoughts clarity, trigger memories, invigorate passions and find solutions.

Based on their book of the same name, award-winning illustration agency Scriberia have designed this interactive session as a way to encourage people to use drawing as a way of thinking and communicating more clearly.

It will take place in the brand new Informatics Suite at Dulwich College where you can draw on the walls and tables. You’ll be sketching, experimenting with ideas and receiving personal advice from Scriberia founders Dan and Chris.

Price: £10 or £15 including a copy of How To Draw Anything (RRP £9.99)

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Wake Up and Draw!
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Wake Up and Draw!

"Drawing is decision making in its purest form."

Scriberia is the home of hardworking pictures; a place in which its scribes can help us to simplify our thinking, tap into our subconscious, and provoke, persuade and change the way we make our points. Founders Dan and Chris believe that drawing can help us to "see the wood for the trees, encouraging us to levitate over a situation and remove the distortions of a personal perspective”.

To bring the power of the picture to life, Dan and Chris have kindly agreed to host an illustratively invigorating session for a group of members on the morning of Monday 23rd October. Having briefly introduced the thinking and magic behind their methods, they’ll take us through a series of drawing challenges and exercises — proving that anyone can really draw anything (also explained in their marvellous new book).

This is a great opportunity to sharpen your drawing skills, take away immediately applicable new skills and to get to grips with Scriberia’s unique take on the power of pictures to change the world.

Free for YCN members

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How to Draw Anything @ The Cartoon Museum
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

How to Draw Anything @ The Cartoon Museum

Remember how you used to draw with confidence and joy as a child? This session will help you harness that natural skill, and along the way you will discover how drawing can give your thoughts clarity, trigger memories, invigorate passions and find solutions.

Based on their book of the same name, award-winning illustration agency Scriberia have designed this interactive session as a way to encourage people to use drawing as a way of thinking and communicating more clearly.

It will take place in the brand new Informatics Suite at Dulwich College where you can draw on the walls and tables. You’ll be sketching, experimenting with ideas and receiving personal advice from Scriberia founders Dan and Chris.

Book now

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How to Draw Anything - The Workshop
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

How to Draw Anything - The Workshop

Sign up to a morning in the studio with Dan Porter and Chris Wilson, Scriberia's creative directors, and authors of How To Draw Anything. They'll show you just how easy it is to master the art of drawing; transforming you from nervous novice to confident artist by lunchtime!

Fun-packed and totally free of charge, this is a fantastic opportunity to improve your drawing skills, discover a heap of helpful tips, and get to grips with Scriberia's unique perspective on the power of pictures to change the world. 

How to Draw Anything by Scriberia (Quercus), £9.99

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How to Draw Anything - The Workshop
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

How to Draw Anything - The Workshop

Sign up to a morning in the studio with Dan Porter and Chris Wilson, Scriberia's creative directors, and authors of How To Draw Anything. They'll show you just how easy it is to master the art of drawing; transforming you from nervous novice to confident artist by lunchtime!

Fun-packed and totally free of charge, this is a fantastic opportunity to improve your drawing skills, discover a heap of helpful tips, and get to grips with Scriberia's unique perspective on the power of pictures to change the world. 

How to Draw Anything by Scriberia (Quercus), £9.99

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Visualising change
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Visualising change

We see at first hand, every day, how the right visuals can transform the way we think, work and communicate in times of change and uncertainty.

Over the years, we have honed our creative problem solving and visual thinking skills. And, while we are well known for delivering hardworking pictures that help our clients get the job done, we've learned that it's the talking, thinking and collaboration that goes into those pictures that makes them invaluable.

Visualising Change is an event designed to bring together a diverse group of people to learn and exchange ideas about using pictures to enable change and organisational development; to raise awareness of what can be done and to further the practice to benefit more people. We have invited a panel of passionate leaders and facilitators of change to share their insight and experiences in engaging teams, aligning leadership and making the future more tangible... with pictures. 

 

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Visual storytelling at the Charles Dickens Museum
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Visual storytelling at the Charles Dickens Museum

There is no writer, in my opinion, who is so much a painter and a black-and-white artist as Dickens. His figures are resurrections.
—  Vincent van Gogh, 1883

Dickens was a master in conjuring word-pictures to give shape and power to ideas. He also commissioned some of the best illustrations in literary fiction. How might the rest of us learn from him to communicate better through images?

Scriberia is an internationally celebrated studio of animators, illustrators and storytellers. Like Dickens, they are masters of metaphor, caricature and visual storytelling. And, in this workshop, they aim to share some of their secrets of using these methods to create pictures that get to the heart of any matter. 

Scriberia made the illustration above. But you don’t have to be good at drawing to take part. If you’re a writer who draws to develop characters and locations, a budding cartoonist in need of the images to match your ideas, or if you’re just someone looking to give your Powerpoint presentations a creative lift, this session will help you bridge the gap between words and pictures. You just need to be prepared to pick up a pencil and have a go.

We’ll be learning to use the visual alphabet, distilling the essence of favourite stories in book cover designs and turning the plots of famous novels into engaging infographics. So join us for a challenging and fun-filled workshop designed for any adult with something to say – and who wants to say it well in the age of visual communication.  

This event is part of the Charles Dickens Museum's programme for the special exhibition The Ladybird Life of Dickens: An Illustrated Adventure.

Book your ticket here.

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Visual notetaking
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Visual notetaking

Research shows that drawing while listening improves focus, helps us grasp new concepts and aids information retention. With a few simple techniques and a little structure, thoose doodles can also become valuable, shareable artefacts in their own right. Kick start your visual notetaking habit with our great introductory workshop.

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The hardworking picture workshop
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

The hardworking picture workshop

Forget works of art, make art that works! Some of the greatest inventions and ideas of all time have started life as a humble sketch or doodle.

Bringing to the table years of experience as scribes, graphic facilitators and creative problem solvers, the Scriberia team will introduce you to tips and techniques to empower you as a visual thinker and communicator.

This workshop is substance over style. It's about giving you creative confidence and creative independence. We won't teach you how to draw beautifully, but we will show you how to build your own visual vocabulary, organise complex information and draw something fantastically useful, wherever you work and whatever you do.

You don’t need to be an artist to master the basics of a visual vocabulary. We’ll start the day developing a repertoire of simple but incredibly hardworking drawings. From there, we’ll show you how to use your new visual vocabulary to solve problems creatively, think strategically, present ideas clearly and persuasively, uncover fresh perspectives, collaborate with others, and engage with your audience.

So, join us for an exhilarating day of doodling, and be amazed by what you can achieve.

You can expect to:

  • Build a basic visual vocabulary

  • Improve your drawing and design skills

  • Organise and simplify complex information

  • Learn lessons from the best visual communicators

  • Use pictures as a problem-solving tool

  • Develop techniques for capturing ideas visually

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all attendees will receive a workbook which documents all of the day's key learnings. For education and non-profit discounts, please send us an email.

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The hardworking picture workshop
Nov
25
4:30 PM16:30

The hardworking picture workshop

Forget works of art, make art that works! Some of the greatest inventions and ideas of all time have started life as a humble sketch or doodle.

Bringing to the table years of experience as scribes, graphic facilitators and creative problem solvers, the Scriberia team will introduce you to tips and techniques to empower you as a visual thinker and communicator.

This workshop is substance over style. It's about giving you creative confidence and creative independence. We won't teach you how to draw beautifully, but we will show you how to build your own visual vocabulary, organise complex information and draw something fantastically useful, wherever you work and whatever you do.

You don’t need to be an artist to master the basics of a visual vocabulary. We’ll start the day developing a repertoire of simple but incredibly hardworking drawings. From there, we’ll show you how to use your new visual vocabulary to solve problems creatively, think strategically, present ideas clearly and persuasively, uncover fresh perspectives, collaborate with others, and engage with your audience.

So, join us for an exhilarating day of doodling, and be amazed by what you can achieve.

You can expect to:

  • Build a basic visual vocabulary

  • Improve your drawing and design skills

  • Organise and simplify complex information

  • Learn lessons from the best visual communicators

  • Use pictures as a problem-solving tool

  • Develop techniques for capturing ideas visually

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all attendees will receive a workbook which documents all of the day's key learnings. For education and non-profit discounts, please send us an email.

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