Project Description

Through a collaborative painting process, students will create a bright and beautiful work of art to decorate the school walls for years to come!

While painting the mural together in groups, we will learn elements of art, drawing and painting techniques and how to work collaboratively to make a piece of history and culture for the school. Jessilyn will work with staff to determine the theme of the mural and often designs murals for schools with themes in natural history/local flora and fauna, community, and school values. It is also possible to create a design from your school curriculum and use the mural as a teaching tool while we paint.

Final Product
Long lasting mural for school.

Learning Outcomes

  • Help students reason with shapes and colors and their attributes
  • Help students learn biological species names while learning about composition, color mixing and color temperature
  • Teach students the elements and principles of art: Line, Shape, Form, Space, Color, Value, Texture, Balance, Movement, Rhythm, Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, Unity, Scale/Proportion
  • Teach students ways in which the arts serve a variety of personal, professional, practical, economic, community and cultural needs.
  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or organizational principles. Learning to work collaboratively and test creative experiments.

Suggested Grades

  • This residency is available for grades 6-12.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1.25 hours of prep per day + 6 hours of design work per residency
  • Travel from Eugene
  • Mural pricing varies depending scale and detail of the project. Please contact us at to discuss pricing.

**4j schools choosing this residency through the ArtSpark program will be required to pay a portion of the material and design fees**

Jessilyn was well-prepared to work with a variety of grade levels.” — Charlemagne Elementary

Why I teach art:

“To this day, it remains one of my greatest joys to teach young people about our natural resources and environment through art AND to see their amazement at what they can accomplish within a few weeks. Their pride of accomplishment and learning about the world around them outlasts the mural painting activities, extending far into adulthood.” -Jessilyn Brinkerhoff

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