Theme: Name That Sign: No Bugs 4 U Author: Letha A. Kelly
DBAE referenced to Production (Art-Making) and Aesthetics
Grade Level: 5th Grade
1. Create unity in a work of art (5VA_A2005-4)
2. Create functional works of art (CE)(5VA_A2005-5)
3. Produce designs that use selected subject matter, including symbols
and ideas, to communicate a message (QCC,CE)(5VA_A2005-9)
4. Explore various careers, such as graphic designer (QCC,
Materials: Windows OS 98 or higher, PC workstation or laptop for each
student, printer, color ink cartridges, printer paper, teacher examples,
drawing/painting software such as MS Paint, Corefx, or KidPix, and
desktop publishing software such as MS Publisher, Printshop, or MS
EQ: What is the purpose of graphic design in print and broadcast media?
First assignment: Create an insect or spider to be used as clipart:
1. Open drawing/painting software.
2. Practice with tools that look familiar and tools that look different.
3. Use shape and line tools and practice drawing body parts of a bug or spider.
4. Create a small insect (bug) or spider that is colorful and interesting. Work in a
small white drawing area, approximately 400 x 300 pixels or less.
5. Click File -> Save, select jpg file format, and create a filename for the project
in a folder, such as the Student folder within a Class Folder.
Second assignment: Imagine that a pest control company has contracted
to have an advertisement created to promote the business of “No Bugs 4 U”:
1. Open a desktop publishing program.
2. To get started create a blank publication.
3. Select landscape orientation (to allow more horizontal design space)
4. Insert WordArt, Text Box, or Headline to create the company name,
“No Bugs 4 U” (for fun, the letter “z” may be substituted for the letter “s” in Bugs
and up to three exclamation marks may be used).
5. Reminder: Stay within the printable margins.
6. Use appropriate editing tools to select font style, color, size, and other
attributes, such as bold, italics, and underline.
7. Use appropriate tools to create a background, keeping in mind that a fancy
font is easier to read on a simple background. However, if the font is
simple, then a busy background is a possible choice.
8. Once a background is created, determine if the colors of the background
and the colors of the font work well together. Contrast is important in
keeping the words easy to read. However, the principle of unity must be
considered in the overall design.
9. Once contrast and unity have been determined and, if necessary, the
existing elements edited, then it is time to consider the principle of balance.
The custom clipart created in the first assignment will be inserted into the
second assignment. Thus, examine possible positions for multiple graphic
10. If necessary, edit the font size, orientation, or placement on the document.
11. Click File -> Save, and create a filename for the project in a folder, such as
the Student folder within a Class Folder.
12. Lines and shapes in the background can be selected and resized, moved,
or cut from the design. Sometimes it is necessary to ungroup the design
components before specific sections can be selected. Components can also
be moved to the back or to the front.
13. Once the sign elements illustrate balance and unity, with the font style,
size, and layout creating a legible message, Save again.
14. To import the graphic image created in a drawing/painting program:
(a) click Insert ->Picture->From File (Microsoft programs);
(b) or click Insert ->From File (PrintShop) and locate the path where the
graphic image was saved.
15. Select the filename of the graphic image and click Insert (Microsoft) or
click Open (PrintShop).
16. The graphic image will appear in a selection box on the sign. With the
selection box active, the image can be:
Explore the possibilities, keeping in mind the principles of
repetition, balance, and unity for the overall design composition.
17. When students have edited, checked, and saved their graphic artwork,
then the artwork can be sent to a designated printer using the Print
Assessment: Within two - three 45-minute sessions were 5th grade students
1) Create and insert a small graphic image that represents the main idea of
a specific business?
2) Select, manipulate, and use font styles and size that were appropriate for
communicating a message?
3) Illustrate appropriate contrast in reference to text against the
4) Use repetition of elements to create unity within the overall design?
5) Use color to help create unity within the overall design?
6) Illustrate visual balance within the overall design (formal or informal)?
7) Create a message that was eye-catching and easy to read?
Extension: Look at examples of graphic artwork that communicates a
message by collecting ads and/or taking photographs of signs in the
community. Examine their use of elements of art and principles of design.
Critique their layout composition and clarity of the message.