Volunteering at our neighborhood elementary school, PS 217, in Brooklyn, John and Stephanie introduce graphic design principles to fourth and fifth graders during a Magnet Arts Program and put these concepts into practice in published exercises. We were so inspired working with this diverse group of student — they brought such unique perspectives and insights into each execution of the assignment. Below are a few highlights from our magazine layout project, Food for Thought.
Students were organized into departments and responsible for data graphics, research based stories, advertisements, comics, and stories based on the theme: food (most often breakfast). While prevailing breakfast stereotypes topped the list, the wide cultural range of breakfast menus discussed during class was fascinating.
The publication was printed and shared with PS 217.
Special thanks to Judy Brandwein and PS 217 Teachers and Staff for creating such a warm and creative environment.