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Graphic Design for Beginners

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In this on-going class, students will learn the graphic design skills needed to run a business. We will create a new digital project every week: logos, merch, ads, & media graphics. #CREATIVE
Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
269 total reviews for this teacher
9 reviews for this class
Completed by 106 learners
10-15
year old learners
Beginner
Level
2-6
learners per class

$18

Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
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Available times

Pacific
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Description

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. 
    β†’ 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.
πŸ’‘ Before class, please open a FREE account at Canva.com, and make sure you have access to ONE Vector art program. Rarely, I may invites students to use ONE OPTIONAL Raster graphics program. See list of suitable programs below. πŸ’‘ 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 prefer using a mobile device to make your art, I recommend logging into the Outschool meeting TWICE: one log-in should be the mobile device where you are creating your art and the second should be a device with a video camera facing the student so we can better communicate. To prevent audio feedback, disable the audio on one device. πŸ’‘ I will be demonstrating using Graphite or Inkscape for our vector graphics lessons; I will demonstrate using Photoshop/ Photopea for raster graphics lessons. I can demonstrate with most other programs listed below as necessary by request. Canva will be used as a resource for most lessons. 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 - Canva πŸ’» Canva - 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 πŸ’» Graphite - 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; will not function properly on mobile devices. Find it at https://editor.graphite.rs/ πŸ“± Curve app - The best FREE option for iPad and iPhone users. Please install before class! https://apps.apple.com/us/app/linearity-curve-graphic-design/id1219074514 πŸ“± VectorMotion app - The best FREE option for Android phone and tablet users. Please install before class! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.vectormotion.mobile&pcampaignid=web_share πŸ’» Inkscape - 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 πŸ’» Krita - Free, open source software for computers with photo editing capabilities but built for illustration. Find it at https://krita.org πŸ’» Adobe Illustrator - Still the industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design for computers. Purchase at https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator or search your app store for "Illustrator." RASTER GRAPHICS PROGRAMS πŸ’» Photopea.com -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 πŸ’» Adobe Photoshop - Still the industry standard for photo editing and digital art. It is available for any device in a PAID edition, but free and β€œlite” editions exist for mobile devices. Purchase it at https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop or search your app store for "Photoshop." πŸ“± ibisPaint, Sketchbook, GIMP, Procreate, etc. - Students may choose to use the graphics software of their choice. If not listed here, please check with the instructor to be sure your program will work for this class.
Students may request a formal assessment before enrolling in this course.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
πŸ’‘   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 prefer using a mobile device to make you art, I recommend logging into the Outschool meeting TWICE: one log-in should be the mobile device where you are creating your art and the second should be a device with a video camera facing the student so we can better communicate. To prevent audio feedback, disable the audio on one device.

I will be demonstrating using Graphite or Inkscape for our vector graphics lessons; I will demonstrate using Photoshop/ Photopea for raster graphics lessons. I can demonstrate with most other programs listed below as necessary by request. Canva will be used as a resource for most lessons. 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 - Canva
πŸ’»  Canva - 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
πŸ’»  Graphite - 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; will not function properly on mobile devices. Find it at https://editor.graphite.rs/

πŸ“± Curve app - The best FREE option for iPad and iPhone users. Please install before class!
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/linearity-curve-graphic-design/id1219074514

πŸ“± VectorMotion app - The best FREE option for Android phone and tablet users. Please install before class! (free at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.vectormotion.mobile&pcampaignid=web_share )

πŸ’»  Inkscape - 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

πŸ’»  Krita - Free, open source software for computers with photo editing capabilities but built for illustration. Find it at https://krita.org

πŸ’»  Adobe Illustrator - Still the industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design for computers. Purchase at https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator or search your app store for "Illustrator."



RASTER GRAPHICS PROGRAMS
πŸ’»  Photopea.com -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

πŸ’»  Adobe Photoshop - Still the industry standard for photo editing and digital art. It is available for any device in a PAID edition, but free and β€œlite” editions exist for mobile devices. Find it at https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop or search your app store for "Photoshop."

πŸ“±  ibisPaint, Sketchbook, GIMP, Procreate, etc. - Students may choose to use the graphics software of their choice. If not listed here, please check with the instructor to be sure your program will work for this class.
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Teacher

Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
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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,...Β 
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