Graphic Design: Banned Books Poster

Project Description

September 18 -24 is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week has been celebrated since 1982, and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.

In this project, designed by Michael Giller, SCGSAH Director of Library Services and David Gerhard, SCGSAH Visual Arts Chair, students will design a poster for a "client" that represents a book of their choice from a list of banned or challenged books. Teachers who reserve this resource will receive materials to aid in lesson planning, project rubrics, resources for teacher basic design principles, and more. This project encourages authentic collaboration between media centers or libraries and classroom teachers.

This project and its creators were recipients of the 2022 American Association of School Librarians' Collaborative School Library Award.

Artistic Process

Create, Connect

What's included

-Collection of Lesson Resources (Digital)
-Lesson Slideshow
-Lesson Plan

What you will need

Digital medium or physical supplies to create poster

Guiding Question

How do graphic artists use principles of design to communicate ideas, display their personal creativity, and meet a clients needs?

Standards Addressed

Design Standards that could be engaged depending on your instruction:

De.CR AH.1; De.CR AH2.1; De.CR AH.3; De.CR AM.3; De.CR AH.4; De.P AH.5.1; De.R AM.6; De.R AH.6.1; De.C AH.7.1 ; De.C AH.8

This resource also aligns with the following from the Profile of the SC Graduate:

World Class Knowledge: Multiple languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), arts and social sciences
World Class Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, information, media, and technology
Life and Career Characteristics: Self-direction, Global perspective, Work ethic, Interpersonal skills

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About the Artists

Learn more about Michael Giller here.

Learn more about David Gerhard here.

About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students across the state, the Office of Outreach provides classroom resources and professional learning opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.