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Be a Graphic Designer: Project-Based Design Theory in Canva | Digital Art

Cass Academy of Mastery
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Explore graphic design principles with Canva in a project-based format over ten weeks, merging art and technology to inspire creativity in projects utilizing line, shape, form, texture, color, space, size, and scale.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Beginner - Intermediate Level
10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Line
Time to get in line with your creativity! We'll start by exploring the wonderful world of lines in graphic design. From straight and sleek to curvy and quirky, we'll discover how lines can jazz up your designs. Then, it's off to Canva to whip up a project where lines take center stage!
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Exploring Shapes
Let's shape things up with the basics of geometric and organic forms! Get ready to delve into the delightful realm of shapes and uncover their significance in conveying meaning and emotion. Whether it's circles, squares, stars, or more intricate designs, we'll learn how to use these forms to spice up our designs. Then, it's your turn to shape the future with a Canva project that's all about putting these shapes in the spotlight.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Understanding Form
Buckle up as we add some depth to our designs! In this session, we'll explore the wonderful world of form and how to make our creations pop off the page. Get ready to bring your designs to life in Canva with some cool techniques to convey form effectively.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Harnessing Texture
Time to add some texture to the mix! Texture adds that extra oomph to our designs, so let's dive into the world of tactile goodness. After learning the ropes, it's texture time in Canva as you create a project that's as rich and textured as your imagination allows!
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Achieving Balance
Balance is crucial for creating visually harmonious designs. Students will study various forms of balance and then demonstrate their comprehension by designing a balanced composition in Canva.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
The Power of Color
Color is a potent force in graphic design, and we'll dive deep into its nuances. From exploring the color wheel to understanding hue, saturation, and value, we'll equip you with the tools to master color harmony formulas. Get ready to infuse your projects with vibrant and cohesive color schemes that captivate your audience's attention.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Exploring Space
Space—the final frontier of design! We'll explore how to use space to our advantage, shaping relationships between elements to create designs that really pop. Then, it's off to Canva to show off your spatial savvy with a project that's out of this world!
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Understanding Size
Size influences perception and emphasis within a design. After learning about the impact of size, students will create a project in Canva where they manipulate size to convey hierarchy or importance.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Exploring Scale
Get ready to think big (or small) as we explore the power of scale! From tiny details to larger-than-life elements, we'll discover how scale can take your designs to the next level. Then, it's your turn to experiment with scale in Canva and create a project that's sure to make a statement.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Final Project
It's time for the grand finale—the final project! This is where all your hard work and creativity come together in one epic design masterpiece. Under the guidance of your instructor, you'll showcase everything you've learned as you create a polished project using Canva that's sure to wow the crowds!
The teacher is an experienced professional graphic designer.
Homework Offered
Creativity knows no bounds! If your project isn't quite finished by the end of class, no worries. Feel free to continue working on it at your own pace. Whether it's adding final touches or letting ideas simmer, we're here to support your creative journey. Keep calm and create on! Remember, completing your project as homework is never required, but you are always welcome to dive deeper into your designs outside of class. Please note, while we provide guidance and inspiration, we can't guarantee completion within class time.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessments are optional and available upon request at the midway and end point of the course. If you would like to receive an assessment of a learner's progress, please forward a copy of the projects that they have already completed in a private message to the teacher and they will respond with a short written explanation of what the learner is doing well and where they can improve. The assessment will not include a numerical or number grade.
Grades Offered
Before embarking on this exciting journey it's essential that learners come equipped with a solid understanding of how to navigate and utilize the Canva platform effectively. 
Learners will need to have an adult register them for a Canva account.  
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Parents will need to sign learners up for a free Canva account before class.  Parental consent is required. 
Joined July, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Education
Bachelor's Degree
Ms. Cassandra, MSM
Master's Degree in Psychology
Ms. Delilah
Master's Degree
Ms. Cassandra, MSM
Welcome to Cass Academy of Mastery, where we unleash the incredible power of hands-on learning to ignite enthusiasm in students. Guiding nearly 2000 children, we've kindled their curiosity and passion for learning by making education an engaging... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
45 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
2-8 learners per class

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