Personal Impact

#Sketch50 1.0 Day 1 (cross-posted by Joe Young)

Today marks the first day of #Sketch50 – a movement in creativity and sharing that I learned from Ann Kozma’s tweet.


This #Sketch50 movement is definitely such a fantastic way for playing, learning, and sharing. It’s a great way to be creative with our sketching and drawing. For this first day of #Sketch50, I shared two sketches. The first was a self-portrait that I created a few weeks ago at a professional learning session for the Spectra Art teachers in PAUSD. The second was the sketch for Day 1 of #Sketch50.



I have always enjoyed anything creative – design and engineering activities, sketching, writing my own songs, photography, videography, and more. I believe everyone is creative too. Recently, I had a conversation with a colleague who said that she’s not creative and isn’t as artistic as others. Immediately I wanted to convince her of the opposite but I knew I needed to take a different approach. I told her that I understand how she feels. In my mind, I felt that she said those comments because of fear. She feared what others think and would say. I told her I understand.

I remember feeling that fear. I remember the first time I was critiqued for my drawings. I remember the first time I was criticized for my songwriting. I remember how I felt. And I also remember how I felt when I did draw, sing, write, create, design, … pretty much any verb, including dance, play, and even skip. I feel free. I feel alive. I feel creative. And that’s because when I do those things, those verbs, I am living in the moment. I am doing what I enjoy, without fear of ridicule, criticism, or judgment. The reality is that I know those are things I can’t avoid, but when I’m in the moment I don’t think of those crippling things. I just live. And that’s what I told her, draw, sketch, do anything just for you. If you enjoy it, do it. And also know that someone will be impacted by your work.

There will be times when you do something just for you with no one ever to see the results of it and there will be times when others will see it. Don’t let others’ eyes stop you from enjoying the moment.

A quote from Patricia Polacco that I had the pleasure of hearing at a school assembly applies to this story. “We are all gifted. We just open our gifts at different times.”

Believe in your gifts. Don’t let fear stop you from opening them. Open them no matter who sees, or if nobody sees. Open your gifts for you.

I appreciate this #Sketch50 movement and how so many educators have shared their sketches (and we’re only on the first day). I’m sure there are some (or many) out there who are participating on their own and just choosing not to share their sketches on Twitter, Instagram, or other platforms. I say that’s great. I believe the power of this movement begins by just getting creative for yourself. Have fun with the sketches. Be in the moment.

Click here to see Joe’s original post from 3/27/17 on his blog, “Journey of a Math & STEAM TOSA”

Sketch50 1.0

#Sketch50: Join the Movement

Everyone Can Draw!

Even if you think that you can’t draw, I want you to know that you can! Whenever I start a sketchnoting lesson in the classroom, I have students point their finger in the air and draw 4 things: a straight line, a squiggly line, a circle, and a dot. All images are made up of some form of those elements, so as long as can do that, YOU CAN DRAW!

What is Sketch 50?

Sketch 50 was started by Cate Tolnai, EdTech Coach and sketchnoter, who has found tremendous value in practicing 1 drawing a day. Her idea was to form a community of learners to practice 1 sketch every day, leading up to Drawing Day on May 16, 2017. That makes 50 sketches!

By sketching along with hundreds of other doodlers, Sketch 50 is meant to help you gain confidence in your artistic ability as you grow your visual library one day at a time. Once you know how to draw a light bulb, then you can use that same light bulb to represent words like idea, learning, clarity, knowledge, etc. Imagine how many words you could represent if you had 50 images in your visual library!

Join the Movement

Here’s how it works:

Once you are following Sketch 50, starting on Monday, March 27, 2017, look for the word of the day. Get inspired by the community of learners posting to #sketch50 and sketch away! This can be a personal journey or one that you share with your students. However you decide to participate, don’t forget to share to @sketch_50 on Twitter or Instagram.

I hope you decide to join us. We’re all in this journey together, so encourage one another and be proud of your creations!