8th graders this fall learned all about poster design! We collaborated with Mass College of Art & Design to visit the college and their Masters of Poster Design exhibit through their Looking to Learn program this November. Students looked closely at posters in the exhibit, discussed the principles of poster design, and made artwork inspired by posters that struck a chord with them.
With their new knowledge of poster design, we talked about ideas around social justice and issues that were important to them as individuals. Keith Haring’s social justice posters were looked at as inspiration. Students then created their own poster using at least three of the five design elements with a message around their chosen social justice issue. In music class, students created raps or poems around this issue as well. All the posters were put on display gallery-style for the school-wide assembly we had for Diversity Week this December. A few students presented their rap/poem during the assembly in front of their posters. 8th graders should be very proud… the finished works were impressive!