Inspired by the activists and demonstrations depicted in the photographs from the exhibition Doing Democracy: Photography from the George Stephanopoulos Collection, participants learned how to create their own activism poster using simple materials from home. We learned about the influence of letters and typography in historical protest posters, and with guided instruction, we explored how to draw eye-catching lettering to craft the most impactful messages. Our handmade protest posters boldly defined the issues that are important to us, allowing everyone to have the skills to be an activist at any age.

Download the workshop templates and tips below to create your own poster. Don't forget to tag @luartgalleries and to be featured in our stories! 

Lauren Beck, of Ren & Ink LLC,  is a lettering artist and illustrator based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Working both by hand and digitally, Lauren’s charming letters and imagery can be found in weddings, small businesses, or on a grand scale as a typographic mural. Most recently, Lauren has partnered with Crayola to create a 40-page coloring book full of detailed flower compositions.

With her degree in Art Education, Lauren conducts workshops at Pennsylvania  studios and nonprofits, teaching anywhere from brush and script lettering to digital illustration on the iPad. You can find Lauren’s work at

LUAG Family Workshops offer opportunities to explore great works of art from the LUAG collection and current exhibitions through conversation, hands-on projects, and sketching. Geared to children ages 4 to 12 and their adult companions, however, all ages are welcome