Laser-cut 6-word manifestos

September 25th, 2012

In collaboration with Ms. Wu’s 10th grade English class, we did a quick cross-disciplinary project in which students wrote six-word manifestos for their life, and then used Adobe Illustrator and the laser cutter to produce a poster. For back to school night, all 100 posters were put up on the main wall in the high school woodshop building.

The manifestos were developed through a writing exercise in Ms. Wu’s class, and then the design and production skills developed within Studio H. Each student wrote an “I believe” poem about their life, and then chose words from the poem to pare it down to a concise, direct manifesto.

In Illustrator, students learned basic layout, type tools, and printed their layout to the laser printer. In chipboard, their words were cut out, and backed with neon orange poster board. A few of them read:

“They prepared me for the streets.”

“Rip my mind apart with complexity.”

“Have heart. Claim righteousness. Be unstoppable.”

“REALM makes me a better me.”

“Bring me to where I belong.”

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Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world, creative projects. By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and "dirt-under-your-fingernails" construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.


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