Drawing and Graphics

We experiment with a variety of visual tools to promote conceptual understanding, strategic thinking, and effective communication. Scan through examples from workshops and pilots that explore new ways to bring drawing, mapping, and graphics into teaching and learning.

Henna Art Image

Dil ("Heart"): Cardiovascular Health in South Asia

Henna, a natural dye that leaves a rich, reddish-brown color, is used in social and holiday celebrations in many South Asian countries. Smita Bhattacharya, artist-in-residence at the Incubator, uses the medium of henna to visually represent cardiovascular health in the South Asian community. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally, and the piece invites dialogue and exploration about the rising rates of this disease in South Asia.  

Afghanistan Health Systems Drawing

Afghanistan Health Systems

Abdul Tawab Saljuqi, MD, MPH, a physician and former official at the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan, visually mapped aspects of Afghanistan’s health system and key components of a polio prevention effort on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He’ll develop a media narrative and companion materials about polio and immunization challenges in the Afghanistan context, illuminating the strengths and challenges of health care delivery in conflict settings.


Forced Migration

A sample from storyboarding experiments is shown above. Visual frames are sketched to depict the changing nature of forced migration and the continuum of underlying contextual factors. The Incubator has prioritized the global challenge of displaced populations as one of our critical thematic areas for 2016. Educational materials for high-school, college, and graduate school levels are being developed using a range of media.


Conceptualizing the Studio

Even our earliest drafts for the multimedia studio for visual learning and teaching incorporated drawing, diagrams and maps.  Over the last year, we have been experimenting with different ways to use drawing as both a tool for pedagogy and as a vehicle for active student engagement.


Suicide in Nepal

Nina Bhattacharya (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) sketches a quick visual summary of a recent article on suicide in Nepal. Nina is collaborating with the Incubator on visual facilitation, dialogue facilitation, and note-taking workshops for graduate students this spring.




Sue Goldie met with faculty from across the university to share thoughts about interdisciplinary teaching. This sketch emerged from a series of one on one meetings.



Teaching Fellows and Educational Ecosystems

A sketch from the teaching fellow summer workshops which incorporated our "educational ecosystem" perspective to teaching and learning spaces.  This perspective identifies and distinguishes different attributes of elements in the ecosystem (e.g., learners, teachers, content and pedagogy, tools and technologies, space & environment) paying deliberative attention to each in the design of new prototypes and pilots.


Storyboarding Internal Displacement in Syria

Jake Waxman storyboards the context of internal displacement in Syria as he prepares a multimedia instructional video for forced migration within borders as part of a final project for DGMD E-40 (Making Educational Video) taught by Marlon Kuzmick at the Harvard Extension School.

Drawing Passion

Camilla Finlay, the Incubator's Multimedia Coordinator, assembled a playful look behind the scenes at Incubator Director Sue J. Goldie's experimentation with drawing and visual communication.