This year I have tried to focus projects towards real life art jobs - more than just drawing and painting pictures in class. When the PE teacher in my building told me that Jump Rope for Heart was holding a t-shirt design contest for next year - I thought, how perfect! I immediately started to design a unit around graphic design and typography.
After I introduced the project the students were very excited! I haven't heard my classroom so quite. Students first did two rough drafts to get their ideas down on paper. Their requirements were to have text, typography, that said either 'Jump Rope for Heart' or 'Be a Heart Hero' or something else that goes a long with the theme. They also needed some type of graphic that makes sense for the project, and last they needed to fill space appropriately.
Next class the students working in partners to share their favorite design and talk about what they liked, what they planned to change and what they wanted their final to look like. After their discussion they jumped into action and started their final design.
-Readable (text needs to be able to be read easily, also all words spelled correctly)
-Graphic that makes sense
-Fill space appropriately
-Colored with quality