Shawna Armstrong puts together a sample poster for the Personalized Travel Poster Workshop to be held on July 27 at the North Cultural Center for the Arts.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Plattsburgh Combining poster design, graphic art design and advertising, the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will host a class to create personalized travel posters.
The Personalized Travel Poster Workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 27 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff Street.
“These are going to be very personal projects people are going to make from their own photos to make an impactful and inspiring piece of art,” said class instructor Shawna Armstrong.
The class will combine elements of graphic design to show how to attract the most attention while keeping the image as subtle and beautiful as possible.
“Posters have been huge players in history, there are posters and design all around dating back to advertise to people about far off places and politics they really play a big role in history,” Armstrong said. “It’s a really great project to learn the basics of graphic design and layering without using a computer.”
One of the goals of the class is for Armstrong to “teach the students all about the elements of graphic design and advertising without them knowing.”
“My area of study was graphic design in college and I really wanted to teach a class that would introduce that,” Armstrong said. “This class will be bringing in the visual balance, layout, typography, use of colors and use of space to create a clean, balanced beautiful piece of artwork they can bring home.”
Students will bring in a photo of their choosing from a vacation or a beautiful place and will create the project using elements of advertising to grab the most attention. The projects will be handmade and students will cut out shapes and letters to create the image.
“Ill try to direct people to use cut out (text) using bold and beautiful pieces of paper but the artist can bring whatever skill set they have to the table to create their posters,” said Armstrong. “The pieces will all be very unique, people do not have to be worried this is a class for artists at every level to try something new to highlight a place that inspires certain memories and feelings to be displayed to others through the poster.”
The class will be for teens and adults age 15 and up.
Armstrong said: “Keep it bold that is all part of what advertising is all about, to catch people’s attention at a glance.”
The class is $20 per student with materials included.
For more information about the class or to register call the NCCCA at 563-1604.