TATIP Anthology


Shawn Ferreyra, Visual Artist

Shawn Ferreyra is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and playwright. He creates comics, illustrations, storyboards, and iPhone films. In 2012 he wrote and produced the twelve episode web series Group. He co-founded El Gato Family Theatre in San Francisco, where he wrote and produced several original plays for children and adults, including Harry Potter and the Sword of Gryffindor in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is currently illustrating Circle of the Shining Lights, a graphic novel written by Kara Lee Corthron. He dreams of creating a program that teaches and nurtures visual literacy and storytelling, and connects artists from all over the world with aspiring auteurs of all ages and backgrounds.


Shawn has been working with CWP Teaching Artists Molly Goldman and Felipe Galindo at PS 84 in Brooklyn as well as CWP and BAC Teaching Artist T. Scott Lilly at PS 295 in partnership with Phil Alexander at Brooklyn Arts Council and the TATIP Cohort. 

“I am immensely grateful to have trained under the mentorship of Felipe Galindo and Molly Goldman with Community Word Project at PS 84 and T. Scott Lilly with Brooklyn Arts Council at PS 295.”

Memorable TATIP Moment

“A favorite moment was when an after school session went awry, and I had to improvise a lesson solo. On the spot I created a lesson on the basics of character design. The kids not only created beautiful designs, the even created elaborate backstories for their creations. Some even went on to create comics based on their characters. Their depth and sensitivity went far beyond what I had imagined they were capable of. Now I’m creating an entire teaching path based on that experience.”

“I never thought a teaching practice would be a part of my life, and now I cannot imagine my life without it. I wish I’d done this years ago.”

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Check out Shawn’s Lesson Plan he presented with his partner Rachel Alulis

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