Graphic Design for Librarians Online Class

valerie colston artprofessor at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 7 00:14:07 EDT 2015

Join other librarians for a relaxed, fun and informative 4 week
workshop that others have highly recommended.
The class starts October 18th and sign up is at
or contact art259 at  crafts at

Graphic Design for Librarians
Online Workshop for Librarians and Staff (No Prior Art Background Required)
Fun, Relaxed, Informative! Recommended by Librarians.

Enroll today for the October 18th workshop.

Mary wants parents to know about her Mom and Me reading program in her
neighborhood library. She also likes to have visuals on hand when she
presents at the department meetings.

Todd has been asked to create a library guide for patrons to use when
librarians are not available. He also is responsible for making the
informational signage for general patrons.

Youth Service Librarian, Sandy has a large group of teens who rely on
blogs to gather their information about new books, craft programs, and
clubs. Her job is also to create wall displays and other art for the
teen corner.

You have decided on a general theme for your Summer Reading Program
but you want to carry the idea over to announcements, flyers, posters,
bookmark incentives, and the bulletin board.

Librarians are often asked to communicate or speak a visual language.
The Graphic Design for Librarians class gives you the rules and tools
for making that challenge not only possible but fun. It is designed
for you specifically.

The four week class gives you an opportunity to network and share
ideas with others who are actively engaged in what you are doing. No
prior art experience is needed or required to learn simple guidelines
for making those graphic design tasks easier and more effective-no
matter the project.

Ignite your creative spark while learning basic skills needed to
produce practical projects with the hardware and software you have

What are librarians who have taken the workshops saying about the class?
I found the section on fonts particularly informative. . .The
information on fonts was most helpful.
I learned that I need to be more aware of font, color, and placement.
I liked the guidance and direction that was given to us for this
project, but I especially loved how you let us use our own creativity
for the project. So much fun!
It really does help to see how others lay things out and what the
possibilities are not just for posters, but for calendars, business
cards, letters, and brochures. All of these are things that I have
been called on to create at some point or another.
The links to the templates and the link to the free graphic design
software was particularly helpful.
Overall, the visual examples and the links to resources have been the
most helpful to me. The exercise of creating a flyer from scratch was
eye-opening and enjoyable. . .
The video clips were clear and informative.
I have enjoyed the class and have learned quite a bit.
I have already started using what I learned in creating at least a 1/2
doz new flyers for our programs during the last few weeks! What is so
satisfying is that people are noticing that the flyers are a lot more
interesting to look at and I have gotten several compliments on them

Learn art fundamentals that will help you create effective design
projects. Through illustrated lectures, hands-on assignments, and
discussion groups you will explore basic principle and design
elements, attention grabbers, and tips for creating the layout, font,
and content techniques you want to project.
Week 1-The first week you will network with others and share your most
successful projects. You will also learn how to “read” art designs by
exploring the elements of composition and principles of design.
Selecting materials, supplies, and software that you may want or need
will be presented. The variety of projects that a librarian may want
to create using graphic design techniques will be addressed.
Week 2-The second week will combine the techniques that you learned in
the first class and then merge them with more tools for creating
effective designs. Specific projects such as posters, flyers, signage,
displays, and other basic graphic design tasks will be created and
critiqued. The importance of Font will be included in this second
Week 3-We will look at the rules of Layout and White Space in Week 3.
Brochures, newsletters, guidebooks, and other more challenging
projects will be analyzed and reviewed.
Week 4-Content and themes come together in Week 4 as we explore
electronic design. We will look at the good and the ugly as we learn
how to create aesthetically pleasing websites, blogs, and other
internet project designs.
Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is a university art instructor and
author with many years of experience developing and presenting art
programs at several San Diego local libraries.  She has 100 Art Ideas
for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego,
California and a variety of Art history courses online through
colleges and universities.  Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your
Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received
outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art
Education Association newsletter, and more.  Her "It's Easy to be a
Green Teen" appeared in  the youth librarian publication Voices of
Youth Advocates October 09 issue.  Teens Go Green!  Tips, Techniques,
Tools and Themes for YA Programming.  Libraries Unlimited Professional
guides for Young Adult Librarians Series was published in December
2012.  Her artwork has been exhibited in a number of libraries
throughout the US and at the Orange County Contemporary Center for the
Arts in Santa Ana.
This is a workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net,
This class has been approved for 12 TLEUs for Indiana Librarians. All
librarians, library teachers and staff are welcome, nationally and
For more information Contact-Valerie Colston art259 at


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