Week Seven – How we made our poster (F.A.I.L)

What we used:

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For our project we used, lots and lots of glue, coloured card in all shapes and sizes. Cello tape, scissors, blu tack, ruler, pens and pencils, flowers, stickers, alphabet stencils.

What was the point of our theme and why we chose it?

We chose to do an interactive white board theme as we found that in the majority of the classrooms, there was an interactive whiteboard with an additional whiteboard usually hidden behind it. What was a shame is that there were no pens or erasers available to use, so if I wanted to write on the whiteboard, I wouldn’t have been able too. We felt that this didn’t promote language or literacy development or the use of our fine and gross motor skills. So we decided that we would make our very own interactive whiteboard, we felt that by creating our own, it would encourage our expressive creative and reflective skills plus look pretty. Our interactive whiteboard was massive (to us anyway, don’t believe me? You try lugging it back and forth on the train = Not easy!!!) and instead of just making that the poster and sticking all of our information on to it, we decided to continue the theme. So we pretended we had multiple programmes running and had made separate posters for them so we could change them over. This also acted as our agenda as we thought it would be a fun and engaging way to keep the audience’s attention, plus they would be able to follow as each time we introduced the new topic (we changed the poster).

Why we chose the name F.A.I.L?

We chose the name fail as to us we believe that failure is just a First Attempt In Learning and is truly what learning is all about. It’s a process of trial and error, for example when a baby begins to walk, they are constantly falling over and bumping into things or grazing themselves, theres tears along the way and frustration (because they really want to be able to reach your keys but are not quite there yet) but that does not stop them. They pick themselves back up again and continue because their determined, we believe adults should be exactly the same. Sometimes failure can be a real setback for adults so they chose to stay safe, be comfortable, and not take risks in fear of getting it wrong and failing. So to that I say grow a pair! (Not literally) but be brave, take risks, do something you normally wouldn’t! Don’t be afraid to be different because being the same is boring!!

How we made the Interactive Whiteboard?


We cut the white card down to a smaller size to stick in the middle of our black card. We then made little icons that you would get on a computer screen down the side of our interactive whiteboard. We placed a thin piece of grey card along the bottom of our interactive white to act as the start menu. We decided to cut out in big letters “Welcome to our presentation by Giulia and Chloe” and stick it in the middle of our poster. This could be seen as the desk top back ground but to be honest, it was just there to look pretty.

How we made the Bar chart?

We drew the bar chart onto the middle of our separate piece of white card and around the outside we have the colours of each of the zones we went to which words written on them of how each colour made us feel. We collated the results from survey we had posted on our blogs but also to our Facebook accounts and once the results were in we drew them onto our bar chart.

How we made the Cursor?

We rolled around some white card so that it was really thick and then cut out some black card to wrap around the white card once more. We then covered the white rolled up tube in cello tape so that it would not come apart and then cut out a small blue hand and taped it onto to our tube.

How we made our fake blog called Freckles?

With another piece of white card, we got separate pieces of colourful card and stuck them in the centre of our poster. We left the sides blank on purpose so that we could make use of our left over letters; we stuck them along the sides to act as our background. We used the glittery stickers to form the headings of our learning logs and with sharpie pen we wrote down the information onto the poster.

How we made our name tags?

We used a big piece of purple card and rounded of the edges so as though it would look like a name tag. With some left over card we had, we placed a section of white card across the middle. Here is where we planned to write our names. Above that we had left just enough space for the word “Hello” and underneath “Hello” Was going to be “my name is” and then our names in the middle and then at the very bottom “ask us”.

How we made the traditional and informal classroom posters?

We planned to make the traditional classroom look like an actual classroom, so we had made chairs to go along the bottom. We made a whiteboard to go in the centre of our poster, this is where we planned to place the information. Along the back of the chairs we cut out little green squares to form the word classroom. We decided to cut out fake hair and stick onto the top of the chairs to make it look as though there were students in their seats. With the informal poster, we decided to base it on the LRC (the library) so we made fake book shelves and a fake service desk with a chair. We did two massive empty books above them and with these you were able to turn the pages, on the pages we wrote down information. 

How we made the search engine?

We made up the name Dark horses for the name of our search engine. We decided to use a green strip and then place a smaller white strip inside the middle as our search box. We made a blue button and attached it next to the green card and this acted as our search button.

How we made the Rocket, the Canteen?

We made small A4 pictures attached to card and used the different coloured card to create the picture on the front as we wanted it to stand out. We made a burger and chips for the canteen and a Rocket to represent the Rocket. On the other side of the A4 card we wrote the information about both facilities and wrote pros and cons to each.

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And that’s how we made our project!

Thanks for reading!!

One thought on “Week Seven – How we made our poster (F.A.I.L)

  1. danceswithcloud says:

    Dear Chloe – I like this blogpost just as it is – it is beautiful and useful!!
    BUT I know that you are someone who really likes to push herself a bit further – so here are the questions that I had to answer every time I made an artefact on Penn State’s #artmooc: An Introduction to Art: concepts and techniques. The point of these is to move us beyond desscription to some form of analysis and evaluation – so you might like to use them to push on:
    * Explain your process (medium and technique). How was it made? Which art materials and approaches did you use and why?
    * Describe the idea behind your artwork. What story or message does it get across? What does it mean to you?
    *Why did you create it? What are your reasons for creating that specific art piece? What do you want your audience to feel and think while observing it?

    These questions push your thinking further – and I think you would enjoy doing that.
    Also – given that you made these artefacts to support your presentation – how do you think your artefacts influenced your audience and their engagement with your presentation?
    Finally – I am not sure when they are all running – but I recommend to you the various Coursera art MOOCs that I have done: Penn State’s Introduction to Art; the Museum of Modern Art’s Art and Inquiry; and Calart’s Live Art History. Each time I engaged in these MOOCs I also thought each week: how can I use these activities in my own practice as an educationalist…


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