I have just spent the last hour losing myself in the creative process so beautifully provided by Canva.
I started out playing with colors. I uploaded a photo of one of my paintings and Canva analysed the colors for me, so if I wanted to use the colors in a design, voila! There they are!
Then I tried creating a poster to advertise my artwork (I have a sale coming up in September). It was so easy to create in Canva- it was an easy answer to inDesign, and for the most part, free. There are some graphics and photos that are free, others cost a dollar or so...I ended up uploading a photo of my art work.
Then I started poking around Canva- it even has lesson plan ideas. I really like this one about visual poetry--it's a great starting off point for kids of all ages and skill levels.
I am definitely adding Canva to my bag of teaching tricks. And I have a feeling I will be using it for a lot of different things in the future.
Image below made on canva!!!!
I have noticed that I prefer to take notes with a pen or pencil and paper. I look at my fellow students, some young enough to be my offspring, taking notes on a computer or tablet, and think, "I would never remember a thing afterwards". When I need to memorize or remember something, I write it down. Sometimes over and over. The act of repetitively writing something on paper gives me a visual memory that is easier to recall. But if I take notes on a computer, I have trouble remembering anything from the lecture. I concentrate on typing, not the lecture itself. And then, I will have trouble remembering not only what I typed, but where I put the file. In fact, I have developed a strict system for organizing my computer files, because without it I, and all my files, would literally be lost.
So I think I have a passion for paper. The printed page. The printed word on the page. A real book. This brings me to a side topic- the e-reader. I don't like them because:
1) I have no idea how much more of the book is left to read,
2) If I accidentally drop the reader on my face while falling asleep, it jumps "pages" and makes it impossible to find my last stopping point, and
3) If I can't see the cover or the book, I have no idea who the author is or even what the book is called.
I will admit that on a trip, an e-reader is great to pack. But that is all I will admit.
Now maybe these are my own unique problems, but this article on NPR seems to support my theory that maybe pencil and paper is a good thing. What do you think?
View from the sea, watercolor on arches hot press. 4" x 4", 2017.
I am an artist and teacher, living in the Pacific Northwest. My teaching is heavily based in Art History and Science. I have a certificate in Scientific Illustration. I love nature, hiking, sailing (as long as I am not in charge), my family, and my border collie.