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Tyler Art Students Paint Memories for Children in the Philippines

Posted on November 06, 2017

By Holly Walker

When taking painting classes, students learn how to use shadow and light, blend colors, show perspective and create texture. They continually practice these techniques, developing their artistic approach to painting landscapes, faces, animals and more. But, art is about more than technique and style; it’s about connections. That’s why Professor Colin Ferguson and the students in his painting class are always eager to participate in the Memory Project. The Memory Project is an initiative that gives children and teens, from all over the world, who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused or neglected, a personal keepsake. Each art student who participates in the program receives a photograph of a child or teen. After studying the details in the photograph, the artists go to work, using the skills they’ve been refining with Ferguson’s help. This year, Ferguson and his students painted portraits of children from the Philippines. This is the twelfth time Ferguson and his class have participated in the Memory Project. In past semesters, they have painted portraits of children from Syria, Madagascar, Ghana, Nepal, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Peru, Uganda, Myanmar, Haiti and Ecuador.

The newly completed paintings are currently on display on the second floor of Eliades Hall at the College’s Midlothian Campus. They will be exhibited until Monday, November 13. Then, the portraits will be taken down, wrapped and shipped to the Memory Project, which will deliver the paintings to the children who are featured in them.

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