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Graphic Design for Beginners: 1-on-1

In this one-on-one class, students create a logo or collateral graphic design package to advertise their business (real or imaginary) and get feedback on their work in a personalized setting. #CREATIVE
Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
269 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year old learners
learner per class


Charged weekly
25 minutes per class


Class Experience

Students will learn the basics of graphic design, brand identity, and digital art.
I teach classes on a variety of arts-related subjects: 
  * piano, sight-reading, song-writing; 
  * realistic drawing techniques;
  * comic book creations & anime drawing styles;
  * digital arts, Photoshop, graphic design.

Look at the bottom of my profile to find my other classes. 
    → https://outschool.com/teachers/Elizabeth-Essex ←

I hold a Bachelors in Fine Art from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. I taught digital art to undergraduate pre-service art teachers as an adjust professor at VCU and as a public high school teacher; now I enjoy teaching digital art to students online.  I love teaching drawing, painting, sculpture and Photoshop to learners of all ages. I've been teaching for 20+ years and running my own piano studio for 10+ years. There's a special place in my heart for creative works and the artists that make them, especially fantasy stories and narrative artworks, comics and graphic novels.

Dedicated students may choose to work to complete these projects outside of class but it is not required. Please post your finished artworks in the Outschool classroom.
*** Before class, please open a FREE account at Canva.com; if you use a ipad or phone install the app as well.*** Make sure your browser supports either graphite or vect.r . Otherwise, please install Krita, Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or another vector-based drawing tool for logo-making class day.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students may request a formal assessment before enrolling in this course.
25 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
💡   Please log into the Outschool classroom on the same device as your art app and give permission for zoom to control your device remotely if possible. If you are using a hand-held mobile device for your art app, I recommend you ALSO log into the Outschool classroom on a second device with a student-facing camera. 

I will be demonstrating using Graphite for our logo-design lessons; I will use Canva for all other lessons. I will demonstrate how to remove a background using Photoshop/ Photopea. I may occasionally show mock-ups created by Redbubble as well.

Redbubble.com is a print-on-demand platform that can quickly create a mock-up of merchandise. For the purposes of this class, I will be showing how a logo or other design created in Canva will really look on a T-shirt, coffee mug, etc. using my own account. Students will NOT be invited to create their own account for the purposes of this class.

Graphic Design Basics
💻  Canva is a free (with paid options) online software with many options for creating graphics. Most of our work can be completed using only canva. No installation required on a computer. For mobile devices, install the app at canva.com or from your app store. 
Canva requires all account holders to be aged 13 or older – parents will need to create an account for students aged under 13 years. It is recommended that all students log in with a parent account. This course uses the free version of Canva; you do not need to upgrade to a paid subscription. Be sure you are logged into an active account before class begins, preferably on the SAME DEVICE AS ZOOM.

Vector-Art Programs for Logo Design
💻  Graphite is free online software that works like Adobe Illustrator but is easy to use. It will work in most up-to-date browsers with a good internet connection. This program works best on a computer; may not function properly on mobile devices. Find it at https://editor.graphite.rs/

💻  Vectr is free online software that works like Adobe Illustrator but is easy to use. It will work in most up-to-date browsers with a good internet connection. Find it at vectr.com

💻  Inkscape is free software that works like Adobe Illustrator and is great for students using a laptop. It's counter-intuitive to use, but good free alternative for students who already know Illustrator. Install it from inkscape.org

💻  Krita is a free, open source software for all devices with photo editing capabilities but built for illustration. Find it at https://krita.org

💻  Adobe Illustrator is still the industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design. It is available for any device in a paid edition, but free trial and “lite” editions exist for mobile devices. Find it at https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator or search your app store for "Illustrator."

Image Editing Software for Raster Graphics
💻  Photopea.com is free online software that works nearly exactly like Adobe Photoshop and is great for students using a computer. Students who have not purchased and installed Photoshop on their computer may opt to use Photopea instead if they have a strong internet connection. Find it at https://www.photopea.com

💻  Adobe Photoshop is still the industry standard for photo editing and digital art. It is available for any device in a PAID edition, but free and “lite” editions exist for mobile devices. Find it at https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop or search your app store for "Photoshop."
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Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
Lives in the United States
Creative Fun with Music & Art
269 total reviews
661 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love Outschool, and I'm excited to be able to share my passion for the arts with kids across the world!

I teach classes related to my all favorite things music and art. I love comics and graphic novels,... 
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