The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Nancy Judd


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Students expand their vision of a pile of garbage to SEE THE UN-SEEN:

  • to see “trash” as an un-respected resource of free materials with which to create art
  • to see the environmental impacts of the items we use every day and the social justice impacts of consumerism
  • to learn about the science of climate change and the poisoning of the air, water and soil caused by human activities.
  • to use found objects and natural materials to help us explore the social justice issues behind who/what is unseen.



I have been creating “trashion” sculptures and working as an environmental advocate for over 15 years. I exhibit my work in high-traffic public locations such as airports, museums and shopping centers to engage international audiences in conversations about what is happening to our planet. I work with classrooms and youth groups constructing recycled art and fashion- “trashion”- as a positive and interactive lens to view issues related to resource use, climate change and the future of human habitation on the earth.


In my work with Right Brain I have been honing my learning about arts integration, identifying the big ideas that connect my work to the work of classrooms. Over the last two years I have worked with four different school groups to explore how the big ideas of waste and reuse help expose the hidden stories of objects and people.


3D Visual Arts,








I can lead different types of projects that:
— work with various types of discarded materials
— are tailored to specific ages
— have an art or a fashion focus
— have students make individual items; work in small or large groups; make discrete or collaborative projects.


Below I will describe in detail one example lesson geared to 6-8 grade students, is fashion based, uses T-shirts, in which students create individual projects.  This lesson plan can be easily altered for different age groups or to work with different materials.


Example Lesson Plan: THE PRICE OF FASHION
In this lesson students learn about the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry and how to be a conscious consumer. Additionally, we will explore how to use fashion as a means of creative individual expression through making upcycled wearable garments.


Essential Elements of Art Form:

Students will learn to identify the design features of everyday items. Using old T-shirts they will design and fabricate new items. Students will create design boards for their projects that include the following information:

  • a written description of what they are going to create
  • a sketch
  • what the item they are designing will be used for, and who will use it
  • a description of the material(s) they will use
  • a step by step process of how to construct it
  • and what the original item was made from and the environmental and social impacts of its production.


Science:  the science of climate change, the water system, how pollution impacts the air, water and soil


Social Studies: social justice issues related to consumerism, NIMBYism, Climate refugees, how different cultures use fashion, waste, and treat the environment


Language Arts:  reading, research, writing


Math:  creating designs that utilize math and geometry



Space: flexible, can use a dedicated classroom or travel from class to class


Travel: Yes, I can travel for residencies. Travel Costs: Artist will charge the IRS Standard Mileage Rates for travel to schools more than 10 miles from her studio (near SE Powell and 70th).


Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.


Supplies: Many of my supplies are found objects or waste items that are brought to the school or collected by the students or the school community. These items must be cleaned and processed before use by students. The time and expense for this will depend on the supplies and the source chosen for each residency. While schools can choose to collect and prepare the materials themselves, they must ensure they have enough time for collection, enough space for storage, and enough labor for cleaning and preparing. Purchased supplies include things like adhesives, thread, scissors and other tools.


Technology: Overhead projector for presentations. A cart for materials if moving from classroom to classroom.


$70 hour for sessions, prep and meetings



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


503-225-5900 x229




Amy Summa

Arts Education Coordinator


Santa Fe Public Schools

Myoko Costello

Consumer Sciences Teacher

Santa Fe Public Schools

Erika Sommer

Science Teacher

Santa Fe Public Schools

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