Students researched a world issue that was important to them. They took notes and created a hand drawn poster on paper to hash out the concept. Photoshop was used to create the posters. Contrast, font style and size, minimal imagery, and colour schemes were part of the criteria. Naldz Graphics has 200 free paper texture backgrounds that the students chose from.
Students used Photoshop to create food images using text only. The words that make up the image had to be the same words that make up the food. Colours, shape, size, font had to be taken into consideration as well. This is a fun, short project, especially if you have students who finish early on other projects.
Tagxedo is an awesome free word cloud generator. Students made a list of 10 words that describe them and entered them into Tagxedo. Once the cloud was generated, students played around with lighting effects and blur effects in Photoshop to create unique clouds. This is a quick and easy project to do at the beginning of a Typography unit and an intro to Photoshop filters.
A link to Other Cloud Generators
Students used the grid technique to grid a black and white photograph of themselves. They then drew the outline of their image and filled in the space with a variety of text. Focus on light and shadows.
This project also works really well in a Media Arts class. I've used it during studies on Typography.
11x 14 Mayfair, pencils, sharpies, fine liners