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Sarah Ferguson

About the Artist

Artist's schedule is full for the 2016-17 school year. Please contact us about next year!

Sarah is a multimedia visual artist and teaching artist, who has created over 80 murals and installations with young people. She has a BFA degree from the California College of the Arts.

Teaching Philosophy

Sarah shares the language of visual art with young people. The projects allow children to explore a medium, process, and tools as they build with their hands and imaginations and give form to an idea.

"Sarah has an incredible ability to listen to children and help them visualize and create. She is inspiring to everyone!" --Principal, Beaverton

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Painted Paper Collage and Elements of Design Less

Session 1, is a short session with students to brainstorm ideas for the project. Session 2, is lots of fun as kids paint papers and experiment with color mixing and painting using brushes, combs, cards and printing to build the shared paper supply for collage. Session 3 involves critical thinking skills as each child visualizes and develops a compositions: building with shapes, considering color and contrast, adding texture, then assembling and gluing the elements onto a sturdy base. Session 4 is a reflection on process. The students present their work to each other in a gallery walk, then share constructive comments about the work using newly acquired design vocabulary. This project can be done with tempera paint on paper, or with liquid acrylic on Tyvek. Ask about other project ideas.

Please note: The residency sessions vary in length. Sessions 1 and 4 are approx. 30 minutes in length and sessions 2 and 3, are each 75 minutes in length, plus change time between sessions.

Minimum number of sessions per classroom: 4

Additional Costs: $1.50-$3.50 per student Approx. 1-1 1/2 sessions of prep per participating classroom.

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

Venue Requirements: 10-15 minutes between sessions to clean up and reset. Water source in classroom. Drying area for painted papers (butcher paper on floor in classroom or hallway). Paint shirts are helpful (I have some). A dedicated room for painting papers is ideal. One to two extra adults per class, to assist with sessions 2 and 3.

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Residencies
K
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Cost per session: $70.00
Maximum Audience: 30
Family Arts Night Workshop Less
Single Price: $215
Maximum Audience: 30
Teacher Workshops Less
Single Price: $215
Maximum Audience: 30
Building with Clay: Creating in 3 Dimensions Less

Through a variety of possible projects children are introduced to the medium of clay, the tools and processes. A curriculum related project might include building a relief tile on a science or literary theme, a portrait tile, or an animal sculpture. Session 1 is a short meeting with students to develop ideas. In session 2, young artists gather for a demonstration to learn about basic hand building techniques pertaining to their project: slab, coil, pinch shaping, how to make strong joins, and add texture. Then they go to work on their project, building and experimenting with clay. In session 3, students add color to the bisque fired work with glaze. Session 4 is a time to reflect on the process and share each others accomplishments with a gallery walk. Along the way, students are introduced to the earth science of clay, glazes and firing.Young artists learn to identify and plan a concept, visualize, work with tools, and experiment with balance and form. Please note: Lengths of sessions vary. Sessions 1 and 4 are approx. 30 minutes in length and sessions 2 and 3 are approx. 80 - 90 minutes in length.

Minimum number of sessions per classroom: 4

Additional Costs: $1.50-$2.00 per student. Residency requires 1-1 1/2 hours of prep per participating classroom.

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

Venue Requirements: Working kiln on site; or extra fees and assistance to fire work off site. Safe area to store clay work while it dries before firing, and helpers to transport trays of work to drying area. Adults to assist in classroom during and after clay building and glazing sessions, and to assist with firing of students' work. Artist will teach helpers. 15 minutes between sessions to change and set up for next class. Water source in room or near by.

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Keywords: Clay, glaze, ceramic, firing, earth science, clay projects, relief tile, clay constructions techniques, hand built, animals, habitats, self portrait, explore, experiment, visualize, sculpture, texture, tools, technique
Residencies
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Less
Cost per session: $70.00
Maximum Audience: 30
Murals and Installations: Thinking Big Less

A grade level or all school project, a mural can be developed around curriculum goals or a school wide theme.  The mural or installation can be created using one medium or several, for example: clay, painted paper collage, mosaic, and recycled material, or only clay.  Planning is required to discuss possibilities and find the best fit for the school.  In addition, a mural offers ways to build community by inviting parents and volunteers to help in the classroom and with installation.  Session 1, is a brainstorming session with each classroom to develop ideas.  Sessions 2 and 3 are longer sessions to create the art for the mural.  This can be an opportunity for children to work in small groups.  In session 4, each classroom visits the completed mural, and reflects on the artistic process.  The children find their individual work, then step back to see the contributions of the whole school community in a legacy artwork they helped create.

Please note: Volunteer help may be needed for the  mural installation.  If volunteers are not available then artist may hire outside help to keep installation time and costs on track.

Minimum number of sessions per classroom: 4

Additional Costs:Supply costs for the in-class residency portion will be $1.50-$3.50 per student depending on the media selected for the project.  Extra prep and planning hours are approx. 1 -1.5 hours per participating classroom.  There are additional supply and installation costs associated with this program that are determined by the scope of the project.

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

Venue Requirements: Separate room for the project preferred.  If clay is chosen as the medium or one of several, then a safe drying area for the clay projects is needed.  Kiln on site to fire clay projects.  If no kiln, then volunteers needed to transport clay work off site and back to school for two separate firings.  Fifteen minutes between sessions to change and set up for next class.  Parents to assist with sessions 2 and 3, (hands on art sessions), for each classroom.

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Keywords: clay, ceramic, ceramics, collaboration, collaborative, collaborate, collage, community, drawing, found object, installation, mural, painting, mosaic, mosaics, team-building, tile
Residencies
Pre-K
K
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8
Less
Cost per session: $70.00
Maximum Audience: 30
Teacher Workshops Less
Single Price: $215
Maximum Audience: 30