Creating Artwork for My School Using Procreate

I have a long history of making art installations, videos, posters, bulletin boards for the school and the community. I can now add digital art to my list of creations for my life here.

At the beginning of March, we had to do do a big production to showcase what our students have been learning this year during Empowerment time/Genius Hour/Passion Projects (so many names for student choice). All the parents were invited for a big celebration. We decided to have our end-of-year art show at the same time. I had to make a program, organize the art show, and if time, make a poster for the entryway of the school to welcome the families. I was stressed, but once I put all the things I’ve learned in Procreate into practice, making a digital poster was the least time consuming job of all.

If you haven’t tried Procreate, please make time to explore this fantastic program. It is way easier to use than making a poster in other mediums. I used an Adobe stock graphic to start (I needed inspiration). I double-checked with Adobe and I could use their drawing as long as I did not sell the work. Done. I used the basic structure of the arrow and the people at the bottom as a starting point. I changed the appearances of the people to show our diverse community (thanks for my middle school students for inspiring that!) and added the rest via Procreate. Here are the two finished projects:

The little boy is wearing a t-shirt from a mural I created with my co-workers, Amy and Carrie, a while back. It’s become a symbol for our Wolfpack. Go wolves!

The problem with having an all blue background – it is very wet when it goes to print. The paper ended up falling apart AND it used a lot of ink. No problem, I changed the design to a much better version for our poster printer in matter of minutes and we were good to go.

I still love the first one but I will take them both. They were both easy to create and I’m now more confident to create more posters in this format. Cheers to learning and growing!

Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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