It is a common belief that drawing, making lists, writing freely, and coloring help us be healthier. I came across an interesting study where the authors point out that visual self-expression helps to focus attention and improve our health and well-being, but at the same time little research has been done on activating the reward pathway in various visual arts tasks. Simply put, how these feelings of well-being actually arise in the course of these activities.

To their knowledge, the researchers conducted a first experiment examining brain activation using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) during three different drawing tasks.


This summer started differently than the other 2 summers :) It started with a celebration and of course- big relief of having finished my Master's studies. Now I can officially call myself a master of social sciences and an educational innovator. Although I didn’t go to study for this title or degree, I still feel proud. In particular, I went to study to learn more about the processes of learning and teaching, the directions of education. I went to find out where my great love- the visual facilitation was fitting in and my research was all about it. …


The future belongs to the creators, says world-renowned memory coach Jim Kwik. I agree with him. The OECD The Future of Education and Skills 2030 project identifies creativity as one of the key competencies for learning and innovation to prepare for the 2030 labor market. In an increasingly automated world, more and more innovation, creative problem solving, and imagination are needed. But those things are something that machines do not have. Creativity is every person’s superpower to train. It is not a thing in itself but arises in the course of action. So, creativity is something we do. It is…


Did you know that most of us lose 80% of the information we learn in just 48 hours? Not only is there a learning curve, but there is also a forgetting curve. One way to remember more and learn effectively is note-taking. I was just listening to Jim Kwik's podcast, where he shares tricks for successful note-taking. I made a visual about it but will also point out some steps.

  • Learning is not a passive process — so be active during learning;
  • Know why you are studying and taking notes —know your purpose!
  • Be organized and prioritize things;
  • Create a…


There is a common opinion that scribbling — aimless doodling or pattering is a good strategy for learning. Quite a number of experiences have shown that it scares away boredom, helps to concentrate, and be in present. That it is better to scribble than do nothing while listening to important information.

However, researchers from Canada have proven the opposite. Scribbling does not help memorize information. So, let's talk about this research.

In 2018 (the study was published in 2019), Meade, Wammes, and Fernandes studied drawing, scribbling, conscious doodling, and note-taking as tools for better learning and memorizing information. They point…


What if you looked at the drawing from a completely different angle?

“In the drawing, is it only important to have the result, the beautiful picture as a product, or can drawing as a process be seen as an activity that supports development, improves thinking and communication skills?”

This was the question that Maria Papandreou, an associate professor of primary education in Greece, asked.

Papandreou introduces the idea, published by Gardner in 1973, that drawing should be seen as a sign system and studied in this way. Various authors point out that drawing is one of the languages ​​that children…


I just discovered that I have forgotten to write a blog. Literally, I forgot it. But the main reason is my studies. I am writing a Master's Thesis and have to finish within a month. As the times have been so hectic due to all this Corona mess, it is time to get myself together and finish the Thesis. Now, when I have also done the study part and analysis, it is really interesting for further action. I will definitely share the results but till then…. I try to treat you with few posts :)

Last year, I discovered that…


This sentence belongs to J.Piaget and B.Inhelder and I took it from Joseph H. Di Leo’s book “Children’s Drawings as a Diagnostic Tool” (1973) which is a very interesting and useful read to all who are curious about the deeper meaning of drawing. Especially for those who want and need to help children with learning difficulties or developmental disabilities. I have to be honest that I didn't read through the whole book, only the first part, chapters 1–7. Because those were useful for my topic and research and from there, it became very specific about the treatment of arch disorders…


In the previous post about myself, I also mentioned that I am coming from the AOH community. Just to mention again: the Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation, and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.

People experience meaningful conversations when they are present, when they participate, when they are hosted and when they co-create something. That is why The Art of Hosting is predicated on a very simple set of practices which are called the Four-Fold Practice. I made a visual of…


From the beginning of time, people have longed to leave a mark to make their presence known. It is a well-known fact that humanity has scribbled for centuries. Researchers of cave paintings point out that these drawings shared very important information — warned of the dangers, showed where the food is located, and so on.

Drawing is part of being human.

Before the child starts talking, not to mention the reading, he starts drawing. Every child has drawn lines and often in places that parents do not like very much (yes, even without paper and pencil). And if children’s drawing…

Kati Orav

I help people to be masters in thinking and cooperation with a mission to help people rediscover two innate abilities — scribbling and imagination.

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