Communicating as a Designer

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Communicating as a Designer

Maura Dwyer
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In the classroom, students will begin their project by identifying an idea to express or problem to solve in their community based on their current curriculum—it may be environmental, social, or historical. Following the Design Thinking process, students will create a powerful poster series or collaborative mural that models the role designers play in shaping our world.

Following three days dedicated to brainstorming, design exercises, research, and collecting and discussing solutions, we will spend the remainder of the residency designing illustrated posters to express the class’ ideas. At the end of the residency, students will have a better idea of the role designers play in shaping our world, and will have a beautiful, collaged poster to hang in the school or take home that clearly expresses their perspective. An entire poster series can really make a statement!

*The Communicating as a Designer residency may act as a jumping-off point for a larger student-led project in social studies, language arts, science, or arts classes. Alternatively, if a school desires a collaborative mural or environmental art piece with a similar design process, please let us know as the materials and schedules change with large-scale murals.


Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

“Wow, this mural feels like it’s always been here – like something I didn’t even realize was missing before.”

Tracy Smith, Dean of Academics, The Children’s Guild DC Charter School

"... We love the project and it continues to get rave reviews today!”

Tracy Lyons, art teacher at Harford Day School