Esteban Camacho Steffensen is an international muralist with commissioned artwork in Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in 2010, with an emphasis in Public Art. His subject matter is environmentally focused, bridging biology, education, and fine art. Most of his artwork has been produced in public spaces, such as universities and city institutions, where he works with community leaders during the design process and involves local youth and students in the painting and production. Esteban seeks to empower people to join the sustainability movement.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or organizational principles
  • Teach students ways in which the arts serve a variety of personal, professional, practical, economic, community and cultural needs
  • Help students compare and contrast past and present situations, people and events in neighborhoods and communities
  • Help students develop and strengthen their writing skills by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach
  • Help students reason with shapes and their attributes
  • Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results

Residency Outline

Sketching & Mural Painting:

Students will help create a painting on a large canvas or a mural painting directly on a wall. Students will begin the project by learning to use an overhead projector and a digital projector. Following the drawing, kids will begin painting base colors by creating a limited color palette. Props and images will be used to understand the real appearance and learn how to draw from life versus from photographs.

There will be a focus on coloring exercises for the younger children. For the older age groups there will be more sketching exercises and, if time allows, an exploration of photomontage, calligraphy, outline drawing and using grids.

Learning Objectives

1. Experiment with multiple media on multiple scales of paper to create loose color paintings.

2. Use projector and transfer techniques to enlarge drawings to a mural.

3. Find the balance between personal, group, and community vision.

4. Explore a personal driving force and apply the stimulus visually to paper and the public realm.

5. Understand ecological diversity through art.

See some of Esteban’s program in action here.

The city of Eugene’s Library, Recreation, and Cultural Services department showcases Esteban’s public murals in this video

Performance Assembly

A slideshow of mural painting projects in Central America, Oregon, and around the world discussing cultural experiences and artistic processes. A live painting example can be done using digital media. Learn how mural painting and community participation can help open dialogues about critical issues such as climate change and cultural history.