The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Sarah Ferguson (Young Audiences)


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Students will learn about composition, color, contrast, shapes, pattern, texture and form.


The processes, tools and experiences give them a broader understanding and increased self-confidence as they expand their technical and visual vocabulary.


To develop patience, persistence and problem solving skills to see a project through to completion.


Students learn the science of color mixing and the technique of different brushstrokes.  Through collage they learn the use of shapes, cutting, overlap, contrast and assembling.


When making painted papers, students explore color mixing, different brush strokes, and ways of creating texture with paint. In the collage session, they consider color, contrast and proportion, as they cut shapes, overlap and assemble parts to create their artwork.


My goal is to share with young people the creative mural art process from concept to completion. Hands-on art experiences invite all kids to have fun as they flex their creative muscles and think like artists. Children learn about a medium and process. They explore, experiment, problem solve and give form to their idea; communicating visually through their art.


Young Audiences teaching artists are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people and have strategies for working with the complexities of school environments. Through a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities and a multi-faceted evaluation system, as well as through their experience with students and educators, Young Audiences teaching artists are continually growing as teachers and as artists.


2D Visual Arts,3D Visual Arts,




Thinking Big:  Painted Paper Collage:  An all-school mural or individual student projects


  • Painted paper collage residency as individual art project or whole school collaborative mural
  • Students discuss, brainstorm and develop ideas around a particular theme or curriculum, first in small groups then as a class (Session 1: approx. 30 min per class with 5 min change time)
  • Further research and reference drawing as needed
  • Sessions begin with a demonstration of the art process for that day; proper use of tools and materials, studio expectations, and questions — then it’s time to make art
  • When painting papers, young artists experiment with color mixing, creating texture, and building layers using a variety of tools (Session 2: approx. 75 min per class with 15 min change time)
  • In the collage part of residency, students learn to build with shapes and use color, contrast, and layering to give form to their idea (Session 3: approx 75 min per class with 15 min change time)
  • Students may work individually or in small groups depending on the project
  • A celebration and reflection upon completion of mural or individual projects allows students to share accomplishments and reflect on the artistic process (Session 4: approx. 30 min per class with 5 min change time)


Connecting visual art content to curriculum is possible across a wide variety of subjects. I have worked with students to create art about a coastal watershed, history of Native American cultures, world biomes, students’ future dreams, The Oregon Trail, native plants, etc.  New vocabulary is introduced throughout the process. Writing opportunities include research support, describing the art process, and using the completed artwork or mural as a story prompt.


Space: One designated classroom where students come to me.


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


Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.


Supplies: Specialized supplies are needed and will be provided at a cost. Tyvek paper, Golden Liquid Acrylic paint, Elmer’s glue (not school glue), scissors, bristle paintbrushes, combs, paper plates.  Foam core for individual take home projects.


Technology: none



Fee is $70 per classroom session (50 minutes), and per preparation hour, and per planning & reflection meetings with school. Additional costs for installation and materials.

Travel Costs: Artist may charge for travel costs based on site location



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


(503) 225-5900 x231




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