Basic Graphic Design Assignments For Middle School

Graphic Design

Do you know what graphic design is all about? Find out in this BrainPOP movie, as Tim and Moby introduce you to this popular art form! Discover what graphic design is used for and what some of the basic elements of design are. You’ll also find out about the history of graphic design, from the signs made by cavemen to the computer graphics of the 21st century. See how the printing press contributed to the rise of graphic design and what a logo does. Your having fun watching this movie is definitely by design!

Active Imagination Lesson Plan: Everyone’s Creative

Students learn how they can use their active imagination to solve problems, create, and have a positive impact on the world around them. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Graphic Arts Lesson Plan: Parts and Design of an Advertisement

In this multi-day lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the role graphic art plays in modern advertising. Students will identify and understand the meaning of the terms headline, visual, copy, tagline, signature and layout as it applies to a print ad, and differentiate between different stylistic layouts. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Any parent with an artistic child knows the importance of keeping their child’s creative mind flowing. I remember how my mom would always carry a small box of crayons (or at least a pen) with her for whenever my brother and I had those emergency “I want to draw now!” sessions. She gave us the artistic push we craved, that led to my pursuit of a career in graphic design. This is a growing industry and companies are always looking for additions to creative teams who will help them thrive.

If you have a kid like I was, here are five graphic design projects and games, you can enjoy with them.

Create Your Own Business Card

Designing your own business card is a fun project that teaches kids how to share important information in the business world. Your kids will learn how to express and get their ideas on a small space. Teach them the type of information that goes on a business card. This is also a great way for kids to practice memorizing important information such as their phone number and home address. You can use an index card for younger children, to give them more space, or you can cut out small 3.5in x 2in cards with our print-out template here.

Tiny Rotten Peanuts



Typography is the study of font types. A huge part of becoming a good graphic designer is building your knowledge of typography. Shoot the Serif is a fast-paced and fun game that is easy to learn. The goal is to simply shoot the font styles that are serif while trying to avoid shooting the sans serifs. A serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A sans serif is a letter or symbol that does not have a line attached. It’s free to play on your computer and available at the iTunes App Store.

Shoot the Serif


Custom Package Label

Children love personalizing things. Here’s a fun way to let your kids learn about packaging. Replace your favorite package with your very own design. For inspiration, go through your pantry and find a few packages of food that your child enjoys. See what they have in common. Talk about the way the words are placed or what type of image is used in the package. Notice the colors used to represent different types of food.

Tiny Rotten Peanuts


 Color Challenge

Here’s one for those trying to master their skills in color theory. This game is a great way to test out color recognition. Drag and drop the colors in each row to arrange them by hue order. There’s no rush, so take your time and see how well you and your kids can do. A lower score is better, with zero being the perfect score.

Color Test


Create Your Own Logo

 A logo helps build a brand’s identity. Let your kids express what their personal logo would look like. You can create a logo that represents you in general, or create a company that sells your child’s favorite product. Look for examples from their favorite products and companies. Discuss the types of colors that are used to represent different brands. Download a printable template here to get started. Also, check out the difference between the K12 logo from 2000 to 2014 below.

Thomas Elementary Art 




The evolution of K12's logo from 2000-2014

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