Neighborhood: North Philadelphia
The U School is a competency-based school designed to change the college and career outcomes of Philadelphia youth by challenging young people to create high quality projects and take ownership of their learning.
Classroom Teacher: Josh Kleiman
Teaching-Artist: Aki Torii
10th and 11th grade students from The U School engaged in a pochoir and embroidery project inspired by The Politics of Rhetoric. Each student was asked to write two phrases: the first, a stereotype that is projected on them based on age, race, gender, etc.; the second, rewrite the stereotype to represent the truth. Students used handmade and existing stencils as matrices and printed using pochoir (pushing pigment through a stencil with a brush) on canvas. Final projects were “self-portrait flags” which included their phrases and a printed self-portrait. The flags were embellished using embroidery techniques.