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Chalkboard Art



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1 unit(s)

Product Description


  • This class is self-paced. All of the videos, pdf notes, and lessons will be available upon purchase of this class in zip format
  • The class has 2 lessons and 7 videos
  • Download the syllabus for this course here Chalkboard Art Syllabus
  • This class is filmed in Illustrator CS6. It is ideal for CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, and Cloud.


Chalkboard Art is an Illustrator-based class teaching you how to create a chalkboard “look” through the computer. Projects show how to manipulate type, use effects, embed type, and more! Projects include a 16 inch x 20 inch poster/canvas art and a 5 inch x 7 inch birthday invitation. Both projects show you how to manipulate type to create your own creations!


This class implements my favorite way of teaching: practical approaches with design theory incorporated. While we design together, I teach the technical information you need to create along with the reasoning (design theory) for doing what I do. Through this method, you are able to reflect on your own designwork and create based on practical, technical, and theoretical knowledge.

My hope is that you take the information from a course like this and apply it to your designs in other styles other than the chalkboard style shown in class.

I recommend Illustrator Basics 1 before starting this class.

There are two lessons. First, we create a 5 inch x 7 inch invitation to a birthday party.  Second, we create a 16 inch x 20 inch poster. This will help you develop an eye for size. A list of free fonts as well as fonts your can purchased are provided in this class.


Once you have purchased this course, you will receive a link to a zip download to all the coursework.


Carina Gardner has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She also taught at the University of Minnesota Typography, Introduction to Graphic Design, Packaging Design, and Design Theory. Carina owns Carina Gardner, Inc, her design firm, and MiniLou, a kids toy company. She is the Creative Director of Carta Bella Paper Company. Carina also designs scrapbooking, home décor, fabric, diecutting, and digital scrapbooking products.


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  1. Created a wonderful art piece on my own

    Posted by Erica on 2nd Aug 2016

    I admit, I struggle with illustrator. There probably wasn't anything new included in this class if you are well versed in illustrator, but I enjoy the step by step. While she worked through 2 projects in the videos, I worked on my own project that I had in mind for a friend and the end result was something that looked very professional! The videos were full of small tricks that helped an illustrator beginner create something fantastic and worth presenting!


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