The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Diane Jacobs


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Students learn how observational drawing magnifies subtleties in the world we live. Taking notice of their surroundings and learning to see and transcribe details will enhance students’ lives.


Collaborative installation projects strengthen classroom relationships, deepen the creative process, and foster new ideas. Collaborative work builds communication skills, promotes flexibility, and provides a rich community experience.


Drawing is a powerful way to express oneself. Students will learn drawing techniques, experiment with using different materials, explore composition, and reflect on their creations.


Artist books provide a flexible format to tell stories, communicate ideas, and investigate subject matter in a creative and innovative way. Students will be exposed to multiple artist book structures, various pop-up and pop-out configurations, and experience examples of compelling content.


Sculpture using found objects enlivens the realm of seeing through metaphor. The use of analogy to investigate meaning will open up new ways of thinking and help students understand contemporary art.



I have been teaching art to young people with The Right Brain Initiative since 2012. I structure my programs to enhance the curricular needs of teachersI strive to create an atmosphere of wonder and possibility in my classes, and I cultivate a collaborative environment where students interact while creating. I help students to see and experience the world through observation and drawing, and I challenge them to think about their artistic choices – and how the resulting artwork might be perceived. I encourage students to work slowly and with intention, resulting in sophisticated renditions that are both accurate and expressive. I motivate students to look closely, re-work, fill the page, and feel the depth of their process.


2D Visual Arts,3D Visual Arts,




Spanish, Other, 




Book Arts


In the Book Arts program, your students will use sequence to tell a story, and gain experience using various drawing techniques.


Depending on the interests and needs of the classroom teacher, students focus on a combination of:

  • drawing/painting
  • story telling
  • poetry
  • collage
  • relief printing


Possible formats include:

  • accordion book
  • folded book out of a single sheet of paper
  • sewn book
  • pop-up book
  • sculptural book


Topics might include:

  • Self-exploration
  • family history
  • interviews
  • research a given topic
  • the garden
  • endless possibilities


Working sculpturally with found objects


When students work with found objects they are exposed to a whole new realm of seeing through metaphor. This project also acts as a bridge to help students understand contemporary art.


During this project, students work collaboratively or individually to build 3-dimensional sculptures – using hot glue guns and found materials.


Examples of possible forms include:

  • garden insects made from plant material: cones/acorns, seedpods, sticks and leaves
  • papier-mâché heads with various materials from SCRAP
  • masks made from dried sunflowers, dried peppers, and seed pods
  • a city or landscape out of recycled/scrap materials
  • options are unlimited


Beautiful tiles

During this residency each student will make a ceramic tile. They will incorporate drawing and painting through careful observation of specific NW animals. Students will capture the characteristics and gestures of their animal.


Examples of NW native animals:

  • birds
  • mammals
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • invertebrates
  • butterflies
  • fish
  • and more


  • The artist book format allows for endless possibilities to strengthen literacy and communication skills, to foster creativity and innovation, to promote critical thinking on local and global issues, and to support second language learning.
  • The found object and ceramic tile projects offer natural connections to science and social studies.


Space: Flexible. Existing art room preferred or can move from classroom to classroom.


Sessions:  I prefer 10-15 minutes between sessions and a 25 minute lunch.  Breaks more than 30 minutes will be charged.


Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.


Supplies: Common and specialized supplies as well as found objects may be used. I provide watercolor paint brushes and brushes for glaze painting.  Depending on the residency, the school may need to provide pencils, scissors, watercolor paints, or watercolor paper.


For ceramics residencies schools must have a kiln on site, appropriate number of kiln shelves for size of project, and large moving metal cart to transport tiles. A designated art room is recommended.


Technology: Overhead projector to display images and examples



The cost of a residency will vary depending on the scope of each project. There will be a minimum of 4 sessions with each classroom.

$75/session (45 – 60 min. of classroom instruction)

$75/hr. – for material prep, research, planning and reflection meetings with teachers, firing of clay tile, and/or installation.

A waiting fee of $1 per minute applies to all breaks longer than 30 minutes.

Material costs will depend on each specific project ranging from $25-$600 per residency.

Travel expenses will be charged based on the current IRS allowance for mileage reimbursement.



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


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