Michael Strauss


The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals

Stories of Exploration, Discovery, and Design

The Mind at Hand explores how artists, scientists, writers, and others - students and professionals alike - see their world, record it, revise it and come to know it. It is about the rough-drawn sketch, diagram, chart, or other graphic representation, and the focus these provide for creative work that follows from them. Such work could involve solving a problem, composing a musical score, proposing a hypothesis, creating a painting, and many other imaginative and inventive tasks.

The book explores the cyclical process of drawing-to-learn as practiced in many fields. It elaborates how different approaches to mark making and revision can be used to enhance learning and help us understand the world we see and imagine. The book explores how we see the world, record it, revise it, and come to know it, in part through drawing and redrawing with line, shape, and symbol. It also describes and illustrates the use of drawing-to-learn as a teaching strategy across the disciplines from grade school through college. More Information and Free Partial Download

Letting Go

Poems and Paintings

A book of poems and paintings by Tony Magistrale and Mike Strauss.


Poems and Paintings

A book of poems and paintings by Tony Magistrale and Mike Strauss. More information and possible purchase

Gallery Book I

Selected Journal Sketches and Portraits

Gallery Book II

The Magical Classroom

Exploring Science, Language, and Perception with Children

Imagine amazing your students by sticking a knitting needle through a balloon without popping it or bending a spoon completely in half with only the power of your mind. They would think their teacher is a magician! They would want to know how you did it and would start asking questions to understand the strange phenomenon. Abracadabra! You have just actively engaged them in the process of scientific reasoning-close observation, questioning, hypothesizing, experimenting, and coming to a conclusion. You have also shown them how descriptive language can color what they see and don't see. The Magical Classroom is about the science of magic. More information and possible purchase.

Investigating the Natural World of Chemistry with Kids

Experiments, writing, and drawing activities for learning science

This unique book of real chemistry and science for children illustrates the nature of physical and chemical change using the very smallest parts of things: atoms and molecules. It encourages children, ages 5-12, along with their parents or teachers, to become active learners of science, to discover meaning not only in the ideas and definitions of others, but also (and especially) in their own world. Buy on Amazon - Look Inside