Campaign Poster Design Project: Graphic Design for Middle & High School Art



This campaign poster design project tasks middle or high school art or history students with designing a campaign poster using the free program, Canva. In an Introduction to Design course, learning program basics is an essential part. Adding a personalized theme by allowing students to focus on issues important to them will help encourage buy-in.

This poster design project and lesson plan pack is extremely comprehensive. Even if you have zero experience with Canva, you can learn along with the students with the resources included.

Canva is a free, subscription-free online program that can be used on a standard computer, laptop, Chromebook, or iPad. This is a very easy way to incorporate design into any art room. Pixlr is also incorporated into the project, this is also a free, online program.

All in all this pack has:

  • Lesson Plan (with big idea, national standards, vocabulary, step-by-step instructions, and more)
  • 2 PowerPoints
  • Campaign poster research sheet
  • Canva basics info sheet
  • Poster information sheet
  • Canva how-tos specific to the project
  • Pixlr how-tos specific to the project
  • Project checklist
  • Critique reflection sheet
  • Rubric

Throughout this digital poster project, your students will work through the creative process to create an eye-catching poster for a campaign using Canva. After students create their unique poster by following the design process, they will use a reflection sheet to critique their final poster.

The design field is ever-growing. Introduce students to the variety of creative careers they can pursue through design classes. Poster design projects are a great way to get students excited about a career in digital design.

In addition, this could be an easy project to implement if students are working from home. Handouts can be e-mailed or sent home with students and step-by-step instructions are already done, easy for homeschoolers or virtual learners! This is a perfect intro to learning about design-based careers such as graphic design.

Check out a preview of this creative project here: Campaign Poster Preview Pack.

Interested in more graphic design projects?

  • Check out my book cover and album design projects here.
  • Check out my movie poster redesign project, a perfect lead into this project.
  • Check out my shoe design project and teach your students the basics of Inkscape, another free design program.
  • Check out additional design class projects and resources here.
  • Check out my other products here.