Graphic Design with Canva

Grade 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Subjects: Art, Digital Literacy, Technology

Title of Activity

Graphic Design with Canva



In this activity, we will be learning to use the graphic design program, Canva to create a social media post or poster to show appreciation for a woman+ leader that has impacted you.


What you will need

  • A computer or tablet



Call to learn: Did you ever want to share a message of appreciation to a woman+ leader that has impacted you?  Perhaps a relative, friend, local, national or international leader.  How can you show my appreciation for others during this time of physical distancing?

Empathize: Physical distancing restricts our ability to meet with and show appreciation to others during this time. How can I create digital opportunities to show appreciation and acknowledge people (in particular, women+) during this time?

Define: What criteria will you use and how will you decide on what woman+ leader will receive your message? How will you represent your appreciation in your social media post? What elements/images will you use? What message do you want to convey in words and through the use of your elements/images in your graphic design? What other aspects of design elements will you incorporate in your social media appreciation post?

Ideate: How can the creation and sharing of a digital visual display show appreciation?  How will you ensure that you are conveying the message you want? What other messages or social media posts have already been generated to show appreciation to women+ leaders? How will your design be different from what is out there? How do you make decisions about what elements should be included in your design?

Prototype: Create a graphic visual display that will show appreciation for a selected person or group of people. Share your design with a friend or family member. Ask for suggestions to improve your design and the messaging. Make any adjustments as needed before sharing with the intended woman+ leader of your choice on social media or beyond.

Test: Share your graphic design message with your targeted audience. How did they respond to your message? How were other messages of appreciation received?

Teachable Moments

  • Math: If this were posted on social media, how many “hits” would be required for you to think it was a success? What does a measure of this sort mean?
  • Science: Research a woman+ scientist from the Atlantic Provinces and use this person as a subject of your graphic. Research a famous woman+ scientist and describe their contributions (i.e Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Barbara McClintock, Dorothy Hodgkin, Rosalind Franklin etc).
  • Visual Arts: What can help make this poster powerful? Visually appealing? What colours depict positivity? Appropriate power? Research what the most pleasing and impactful combinations of colours. What are the best colors to promote the idea of thankfulness? What colours, words and types of images are used in the media to describe women+ leaders? How can these elements affect how the viewer feels about women+ leaders?
  • Language Arts: Draft an email to send or a letter to the editor of a local news site to accompany your graphic visual display. Describe why you selected the person or group of people you did and their impact. Create a tips sheet to collate some interesting ideas you discovered during the creation of your graphic design. Write a letter to accompany your post describing your reason for choosing the person you did.
  • Music: Choose a theme song to represent your chosen woman+ leader. Why have you chosen this song? What is the message of the song?
  • Physical Education: Research a woman+ athlete from Canada and use this person as a subject of your graphic. Try out their sport.
  • Social Studies: Compare and contrast women+ leaders from different countries. Which countries have more women+ in leadership roles? How does this affect their societies? How does Canada compare?

Take it Further

Develop a plan to encourage women+ in your community or province to take on more leadership roles. How can we make leadership roles more welcoming for women+ to ensure we have a better representation of our population?


  • graphic design: the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.
  • design elements: The elements, or principles, of visual design include Contrast, Balance, Emphasis, Movement, White Space, Proportion, Hierarchy, Repetition, Rhythm, Pattern, Unity, and Variety. These principles of design work together to create something that is aesthetically pleasing and optimizes the user experience.
  • social media: social media is a term for the online platforms that people use to connect with others, share media content, and form social networks.

Video Tutorial:


Career Connections

Graphic Designer

User Interface Designer (UX)

NB Curricular Outcomes


NB Global Competencies


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