Connect with high school artists and teachers from around the United States!
Teens and teachers are invited to create zine master flats and then share them with the ST.ART Pre-College team at UT Austin. Next, ST.ART will create a small run of your zine(s) for our collection and mail you a zine created by another teen and/or teacher–you’ll receive one zine for every zine submitted.
Teachers – Check out our free lesson plan and classroom resources below to introduce teens to the world of self-publishing and zines, and to participate in the ST.ART Zine Swap.
Here’s a few quick and simple steps for you and your students to participate in our zine swap.
1. Determine how the ST.ART Zine Swap will fit your classroom needs.
This project allows teachers to decide:
a. How much time will be spent on this project?
This project could take one class period or several, depending on your students and the type of zines you want them to create.
b. What will be the subject or theme of your class zines?
Use one of our prompts, a recent or upcoming class topic, let the class vote on a theme, or have students select their own individual or group themes. This is totally up to you and your classroom needs!
c. What materials or processes will students use to create zines?
Have students use pencil and pen to create zines or use this project for your class to explore printmaking, collage, digital drawing, or any media that fits with your curriculum.
2. Create zine with your students!
Use our ST.ART Zine Swap lesson plan and class presentation to guide your students through the process of self-publishing to create zine master flats. Each student will need two sheets of printer paper to make a zine with a poster – plus your choice of supplies.
3. Share your zines with ST.ART at UT Austin.
Scan each zine master flat and upload online or physically mail them to us in Austin, Texas. If your class has access to a copier, have students create 5-10 editions of their zines to share with family or friends before sharing with ST.ART. Don’t forget to complete our zine swap participation form after students have created zines – use this form to let us know zines are on the way (physically mailed or dropped off at UT Austin) or to upload digital zine files. This is also how you’ll let us know where to mail your zine swap packet.
4. Receive a set of zines created by other high schoolers!
ST.ART will create a small batch of each zine for the swap and send your class a set of zines created by other high school artists + designers. The Zine Swap packet will include 1 zine for each student who participates in the project, plus 5-10 extras for your classroom.
Lesson Plan – click here to download
Everything you’ll need to lead this project with high schoolers, from objectives, to vocabulary, to assessment tools.
Class Presentation – click to launch in Google Slides
Use this presentation to introduce the Zine Swap to your class and teach your students about zines, including zines created by artists from various backgrounds. Depending on the theme and material choices, you may need to add additional slides or prepare additional resources to lead this project.
Zine Swap Participation Form – click to launch the form in a new tab
Use this form to let us know zines are on the way (physically mailed or dropped off at UT Austin) or to upload digital zine files. This is also how you’ll let us know where to mail your zine swap packet.
Zine Page Layout Template – click to download
Use this template to plan out pages, account for printing margins, and as starting point for digitally created zines.
Zine Folding Guide – click to download
Step by step directions for folding zines. This can be used to help create the zine master flats or to fold zines after print production.
Not sure what your zine should be about? Give one of our zine prompts a try!
Contact the ST.ART Team with questions about this project at firstname.lastname@example.org.