Architectural drawing is a kind of practical tool for recording thoughts and working through design problems, a method of presenting our vision or explanation of things which are impossible to describe with words. The paper summarizes the problems concerning teaching freehand drawing to foreign students. Teaching drawing involves not only sharing information and understanding the process of recording ideas but aesthetic sensibility as well. Students from countries with different cultural backgrounds are demanding pupils. The article is an attempt to answer the question how the cultural background influences the students of architecture in their use of freehand drawing as a tool.