Drawing with visual multilayered thinking skills

Open your Imagination gates


Einstein once said ‘If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it”.

Oliver believes that, like Einstein, a very large percentage of the population are natural visual multi-layered thinkers, and that huge numbers of people who don’t know this could be greatly missing out on their unique and inherent abilities. In some parts of the world, this is having a catastrophic effect on many facets of community life.

The Footnotes Programme is a flexible series of visual thinking techniques that are straightforward to teach, easy to learn, and infinitely adaptable to any individual or situation. It is so simple that sometimes people don’t always grasp how effective Footnotes is… until they begin to use it. For others, it’s the thing they always knew but never had the permission or framework to live and work with.

Footnotes is an innovative tool that helps to unlock and develop individual innate visual and non-linear thinking skills, traits that are often underused and not valued in the modern world. Oliver says, "It opens up your thinking, away from the restrictions of linear-lexical processing, to help identify and harness hidden capacities to learn, understand, create and thrive."

Footnotes is made up of a set of drawing-related strategies that use a grid (either paper or digital) as a visual environment to create a personalized language. Individuals often find enhanced freedoms to think and develop unique ways of communicating more comfortably, as they learn how to process inner thoughts and feelings without having to immediately sequence ideas or choose words. These techniques can later be given structure and translation into many aspects of daily life,

With Footnotes, you can make notes at the speed of thought, carry multiple ideas simultaneously and all the while see the bigger picture. Profound breakthroughs are often seen when these techniques are applied. From education to enterprise, communication to community, reconciliation to healing, Footnotes can be useful for many kinds of thinkers.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This taster session will offer the opportunity to try out a basic introduction strategy, with the aim of making Footnotes useful from the get-go!.
Footnotes "Grids" are a great promoter of communication, so Oliver hopes that you will find it a fun and inclusive activity to share with others.

You might already have questions about the Footnotes Programme. Feel free to make the session a Q&A discussion. Or you might want step-by-step instructions in real-time on how to use the various "Grid" techniques.


What you will need

You will need:
Some A4 printing paper, A pencil, eraser and a sharpener. Most of all, an openness to have your imagination gates opened wider!


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Qualification offered
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


40 minutes (flexible times to suit)



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