The first project I designed for my 4th and 5th grade drawing workshop was to create a set of graphic notes (or "visual notes") on a topic of the student's choice. But first we needed to do some idea collecting! We developed a tool kit of design elements by doodling arrows, lines, shapes, and type styles into little sketchbooks. Then, we sketched some iconography and words related to our chosen topic... 'favorite foods' and 'video games' were quite popular. :)
We then combined our tool kit design elements with the topic sketches into an organized composition, focusing on details, scale, and communicating the information in a fun and visual way.
Finally, we colored in our pieces with bright marker to make them POP! Every student's piece was very personal, and their individual voices really shined through. They did an amazing job!