As a primer, I teach high school art. Unless you have been living under a rock, 'nuf said about my job, right?
I am currently teaching several classes, but I have a graphic design class and a printmaking class going right now and through the end of April, I have a laser engraver in my room. Last year, I had the engraver for a shorter time and we made several things including some rolling pins, wooden playing cards, some felt letters, a cut out from an album and a lot of phone cases. I want to bump things up a bit, and as beginner projects I have them designing titles in Illy with their own patterns they create in the letters, to burn into old books. I have some Davy board (bookboard) that they will use some principles from Wucious Wong to create their own covers for a sketchbook/final project potential and designing some letters that we will use wood that is one inch high or possible mount to (doing the alphabet.) My GD students are doing a decent job considering their diverse backgrounds and they just started a few months ago. They know their way around Illustrator quite well for their level and have a fair amount of exposure to the other Adobe apps (photoshop, lightroom and InDesign).
I don’t often get stuck, but I want to give them some inspiration outside of Pinterest projects where they just copy “Live, love, laugh.” If you have a thought or two, I sure would appreciate the kick-start to my brain.