I've taught a number of visual design workshops in the past. Each time, I try to iterate on a previous class. Most recently, I taught an Intro to Graphic Design Workshop at Khan Academy as a part of Tuesday Teaching Time (TTT)! The purpose of this workshop was to show non-designers that graphic design is based upon simple rules.
I used shapes and Pixar characters to explain basic graphic design principles.
To practice new graphic design principles, groups of students selected a random emotion to convey using simply shape, color, &, layout! Here are some examples I made for the class. Try to guess what emotion they represent 😱
Students used sticky notes, scissors, and glue to craft their emotion:
For the remainder of the workshop, we created movie posters for Disney movies using the same principles. Students used Keynote to design their posters! Here's an example I provided for Ratatouille.
And here are some student-made posters!