If you are a creative person, then at some point in time you've wanted to make an original shirt or stencil. Here is your chance to learn how to do it on the cheap and get really nice quality. Just follow these steps and enjoy the process. By the way, all of the stencils you see here, except the motorcycle, were completed by...........8th graders. If they can do it, you can do it.
-a cool image printed on paper
-an x-acto blade
-a sheet of clear plastic overhead material
-small sponge in a clothespin
-some paper, a tie, or a shirt to print on
Step 1: Get your students excited and review safety.
Make a really cool display on the board and create a slideshow of sorts. Show students work by Shephard Fairey, Banksy, and the like. Make sure they know not to do illegal art. Review safety with x-acto blades and then have your students find cool images to print or draw their own.
Step 2: Review safety again.
I always find it smart to count your x-acto blades and know how many you have. I have 25 total and after every class I count them before anyone can leave. Last thing I want is a missing blade in school. Just for fun I have my students sign an agreement that is in no way a legal document, but at least frees me of feeling guilty if they do cut their fingers. You should read it. It's kind of funny.
*start with new blades. They cut much nicer, and actually a sharp blade is safer because you don't need to force it at all.