Sherri Kushner
Media Arts Teacher

The Inside Out Project

Project Published 3/24/17 Last updated on 2/28/20

This project was designed as a collaboration between me and my school drama teacher. Inspired by artist JR’s global art project, our students created these large-scale photos to speak back to community stereotypes. Students worked in groups to discuss issues of identity and representation, then developed mission statements for the project to frame the photo installation. Each student posed for a photo expressing one of the mission statements. Students used Adobe Photoshop to edit and resize their images, type their mission statements, then assemble the layout of their photos for the installation. After printing the posters, students wheat-pasted the photos onto walls throughout the school. The goal was for students to discover and celebrate who they are as a school community while speaking out against misconceptions to turn stereotypes inside out.

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Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
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Aziz Soubai

Posted on 7/10/18 10:55:22 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing


Posted on 6/20/17 5:18:14 PM Permalink

This is great, but is it possible the PDF got cut short? It ends after page seven after the 'creating the wheat paste' step, and it seems like there should be more.

Stephen Love

Posted on 6/20/17 5:47:21 PM Permalink

I agree. ​

Sherri Kushner

Posted on 6/21/17 4:43:50 AM Permalink

​Thanks for your suggestion. I did end the tutorial there, but my best advice when wheat pasting is to have students work in small groups for each image. One student can hold up the image, while another smooths the paste from top left corner to bottom right corner. My students used sponges to help smooth out wrinkles and even out the paste, but many preferred using their hands (it reminded them of paper mache). Students should apply pressure when smoothing the paste to make sure the poster sticks to the wall, but be careful not to pull on the image while it's wet otherwise it will tear. It took us two full days to install our display with six classes of students wheat pasting and documenting the process.


Posted on 6/21/17 2:16:57 PM Permalink

Hi Sherri,

Thanks for following up. I was also curious about how you printed them. Do you guys have a large format printer, or did you use a printing service like Staples or Kinko's? Thanks for sharing your amazing project.

Sherri Kushner

Posted on 6/21/17 6:19:23 PM Permalink

Hi Justin,

No problem! We don't have a large format printer, but we made pdf files and printed them at kinkos. The black and white large format printer ​copied sheets of 2x3 feet each and were about $4.50 a piece.

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 6/20/17 4:51:34 PM Permalink

​This is a fascinating idea. I might try to involve this in our anti-bullying campaign that our school does every year. Just curious - is the wheatpaste removeable?

Delaney Cunningham

Posted on 6/20/17 5:36:42 PM Permalink

​To remove wheatpaste, you soak it with water (usually using sponges or spray bottle) and then scrape it off, so you do destroy the piece. Difficulty of removal is usually dependent on how much wheatpaste you use :)