One year I was asked to conduct a workshop at a nearby school. They gave me total freedom in what to teach, how to teach and even how often I could teach. After thinking through my schedule and commitments it seemed two classes a month would be my limit. But with only two hours a month, I knew I would need to reign in all of the ideas racing through my head, and concentrate my focus. I decided to stick to the beautiful basics of design, rather than how to use a computer software. However, since it had been a while from college, I would need some brushing up myself.
My first go-to resource was “The Elements of Graphic Design” by Alex W. White. I wish I could say I read it cover to cover, but instead I got distracted by all of the amazing design samples, skimmed a lot of the text and then hit the web to see if I could find some simplified curriculum. My students would range from 5-8th grade and White’s book is certainly aimed at an older audience. In all honesty, I was hoping someone else had been in my shoes and was offering their notes and lesson plans for free. I did find a lot of great resources, but definitely not all in one place. I compiled it all and added quite a bit of my own thoughts and experiences. Stay tuned for future posts where I’ll be sharing my lectures and assignments, and hopefully a few samples from the students.
Luke and I are married and have four little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, education and graphic design.
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