His mind, always in motion — Red channels his thoughts through his sketches. After 30+ years of collecting those drawings, he had an epiphany – compile them into a new type of graphic novel series that combines sketchnote inspired art with reading.
“Heavy Sketches is a book that is meant to inspire kids to pursue their dreams, never give up hope, and become what they have within them to be.”
Red uses his background in Education and Heavy Sketches as a platform to incorporate learning in a fun and captivating way for students. With a goal of promoting art & literacy using a cross-curricular approach, Red visits schools. Rohl collaborates with Media Coordinators and teachers. He spends time motivating their students and teaching them about how to use sketchnoting. Red inspires them to create their own sketchnote-art and creative writings that are tied to the curriculum.
“My mission is to help teachers who are struggling with getting their distracted students engaged and motivated to learn and participate in class and ignite a love of reading in kids.
I can relate because I’ve been a middle school teacher for at-risk youth, in the trenches for 20 years. I’ve seen time and again that many students zone out when having to read a chapter book. So, I invented a new approach that draws them into the magic of reading.
I created a unique graphic novel series that breaks the mold because it presents educational material in a way that appeals to students. It’s already being used successfully across numerous grade levels. Students who were previously disinterested in learning are now becoming model students who are reading and writing voraciously, are totally focused in class, and are really motivated to take initiative in their own learning.”
Red is also a motivational speaker. He speaks at conferences, festivals, Colleges & Universities, and businesses. When he is not speaking, motivating kids, or creating books, Red can be found taking care of the many rescue animals at the Blue Heart Sanctuary.
Giving back to those in need is Red’s true passion – he donates a portion of all book proceeds to numerous causes and important issues.