Observational Drawing for Students with Dyslexia: Strategies, Tips and Inspiration


Qona Rankin is Dyslexia Coordinator at the Royal College of Art and delivers specifically designed drawing workshops with Howard Riley, who is Professor Emeritus, Swansea College of Art and his drawings have been exhibited internationally. 

Chapters include:

  • Dyslexia and the creative sector
  • Observational drawing
  • Drawing as a five step process
  • Step back and reflect
  • Examples of dyslexic artists’ creativity

The authors explain that they have produced the book as a practical resource to demonstrate how to structure perceptions of the world through a kind of language of drawing. The techniques and advice are developed from the drawing workshops they run and they have invented the word ‘visualcy’ to indicate being articulate with images (in line with the terms literacy and numeracy)

This is essentially a practical guide to improving drawing, with many examples of creative ideas that students have come up with and blank spaces to draw and sketch. It will be of great value to students who are struggling to work around issues associated with their dyslexia and is full of encouragement and wisdom.

Authors: Q. Rankin and H. Riley
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78775-142-2
Price: £16.99

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