Solidarity Week

Poster Creation Project

Creating posters or banners is a powerful way for you, your GSA, or student club to raise awareness about important issues or show solidarity with specific groups. 

Materials Needed:

  • Large poster paper or a fabric banner (size of your choice).
  • Drawing and coloring supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons).
  • Paint and brushes (if using a fabric banner).
  • Scissors.
  • Glue or tape.
  • Magazines, newspapers, or printed images (optional).
  • Stencils or templates (optional).

Choose Your Issue or Cause

Begin by selecting the issue or cause you want to raise awareness about or show solidarity with. This step may require some conversations with members, friends, or other forms of research to ensure you are clear on the issues facing communities that are not your own.  

Research and Gather Information

Research the chosen issue thoroughly to understand key facts, statistics, and the impact it has on individuals and communities. Collect images, quotes, and data that can be used in your poster or banner.

Plan Your Message

Determine the main message you want to convey through your poster or banner. It should be clear, concise, and emotionally resonant. Decide on the visual elements that will support your message.

Sketch Your Design

Before starting on the final poster or banner, create a rough sketch of your design. This will help you plan the layout and placement of text, images, and colors.

Choose Your Color Scheme

Select a color scheme that aligns with your message. Consider the emotions and associations that different colors evoke. For example, warm colors like red and orange may convey urgency or passion, while cool colors like blue and green can suggest calmness and harmony.

Now, it's time to create your poster or banner:

  • If using poster paper, start by laying it flat on a clean surface.
  • If using a fabric banner, ensure it's stretched tight on a suitable frame.
  • Use your sketch as a guide to create your design. Write your message clearly and prominently.
  • Incorporate visuals, images, and illustrations that support your message. You can draw them by hand, use stencils, or even paste printed images.
  • Use colors thoughtfully to make your poster or banner visually appealing and attention-grabbing.
  • Include statistics, quotes, or impactful statements that reinforce your message.
  • Include websites, hashtags, QR codes, or social media accounts where people can learn more! 
  • Make sure your text and visuals are large enough to be seen from a distance.
  • Consider adding your own unique touch to make the poster or banner more personal. You can include your own artwork, personal reflections, or stories related to the issue.

Review and Edit

Take a step back and review your poster or banner. Check for spelling errors, ensure all elements are legible, and make any necessary adjustments.

Display Your Work

Find a suitable location to display your poster or banner where it can be seen by your target audience. It could be at school, a community center, or a local event. You can identify a specific day to display your poster at school or at a public event using GLSEN’s School Year Calendar, or resources available through local or national organizations. 

Engage and Educate

As people view your poster or banner, be prepared to engage in conversations about the issue. Be knowledgeable about the topic and ready to share information and resources.