Are you getting psyched for NAEA2016? I know I am!
But, before my plane leaves for Chicago, I have an Art Show to hang, host, and tear down! I, not unlike many of you, am clearly insane. As part of the preparation for the Art Show, I designed project overview fliers to display alongside student work. I want the viewers to understand what the students are studying, what they are creating and why. I uploaded a sneak-peek of these fliers to my Instagram account (follow me at @artfulartsyamy) and many of you contacted me wanting to know what program I used to create them. . .
Allow me to introduce you to Canva!
Canva is a fun (and free) online design application. It “enables anyone to be a designer.” Essentially, Canva is a super-intuitive, drag-and-drop design program that offers users the option to design from scratch or edit using a wide variety of templates. When you finish a design, you can easily export your creation as either a PNG or PDF file. Notice I keep using the word “easy.” Canva is EASY to use. If you are thinking to yourself, “I don’t have time to learn a new program” then think-again. I would argue that you don’t have time to keep fighting with counter-intuitive word-processing programs when what you need is a design program.
If you’re old-school like me. . .Think of Canva as the younger, hipper, and more sophisticated niece of Print Shop Deluxe. Oh yeah, remember that program?!
Here’s a brief overview of how to get started.
1. Go to Canva and create a login
2. You will get a menu that looks like this (see below). And, yeah, those are a just few of the format options Canva offers. You can pick anything from a social media template to a resume template.
|Fine Arts Night Program|
|Graphic for Professional Development Presentation|
|reserved seating sign for school performances (made in about 2 minutes)|
|Project Display Flier for Art Show|