The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Mark Caporael (Young Audiences)


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The ability to draw is both a means and an end, either used to reach particular conclusions in combination with research, or as a visual representation of a number of other studies bound solely by imagination.


Drawing is the most compatible means for providing a visual interpretation of a number of subjects and studies. It gives form to math and sciences, a face and structure to history, and color and shape to music. It is the line connecting the hand to the mind.


Drawing strengthens perception and expression.


Students will learn the process of transforming basic shape into line and form. The art of not only drawing what they see, but what they think.



I have been a teaching artist since 2008 and, being raised by two painters, I have been drawing and painting my whole life.  In addition to the Right Brain Initiative, I am on the TA roster with Young Audiences and lead summer art camps and after school enrichment classes at the Oregon Episcopal School.

My goal is to help my students relate to and interpret the world around them by supporting their search for individuality and developing a personal vision. I enjoy working closely with teachers and their classrooms to create a project that is as advanced and alien as it is accessible. I absolutely believe that the arts are essential, not only in and of itself, but as a valuable perspective of varied academic study.

My own artwork is a continuing course of learning and discovery and I’m eager to share these inspirations and developments with students through a wide variety of 2D mediums.


2D Visual Arts,





Residencies and workshops utilize:  Observation, Drawing, Painting, Collage


Still life and Observational Drawing

We will learn how to take observation past the use of sight by touching still life models, discussing our observations about them, and our connections to them before drawing with varied dry mediums.



An opportunity for students to create a visual element accompanying their reading and other units of discovery. The illustration allows the students to create a unique narrative from their personal perspective. This project begins with a discussion of comprehension, notes and brainstorming on visual ideas, the creation of thumbnail sketches, creation and revisions that result in a unique and original finished work of illustration that reflects both the students comprehension and understanding of their subject as well as sharing their own vision.


Drawing in the field (Botanical and Wildlife)

Beginning with basic shapes, we’ll distinguish and illustrate the common elements as well as unique differences in animal and plant life using a range of drawing techniques. Projects can range from simple sketching to accompany notes to compositions rendered in wet mediums as well.



We will explore the basic shapes that compose our faces and develop compositions that highlight what makes us unique. In drawing, focus and attention to detail alter the features we all share into features unique to our own visage. It also provides a unique opportunity to explore varied colors, color mixing, and an incredible insight into what goes in to everyone’s color of skin.



As an opportunity to learn the basics of design, collage presents a number of means to express concepts both literal and symbolic. The presence of multiple colors and textures provides students with tools to address creativity and share visions of a quality different from writing or drawing along with a chance to experiment with realism and abstract imagery.


1000 Words, 1 Picture

Illustration is one of the oldest art forms in history, if not the oldest by predating language. It has long been an accompaniment to oral and written history, local and world news, and fiction alike. This residency will introduce students to the process of synthesizing comprehensive reading and study with the composition of an illustration of the chosen subject matter. While the residency begins with a common process of thought and composition, students quickly move into a stage where imagination and experimenting with innovation are achieved through a variety of illustration mediums. Students will work independently through the entire process, learning use of materials and mediums, developing an individual style, and completing an original illustration.



Still life and observational drawing link well with social studies and sciences and can be taken further to illustrate some of the more complex ideas in reading and language studies.


Math: The mind operates in much the same way making art as it does in mathematics. The observation of size, scale, proportions, etc. while drawing are all artistic as well as academic processes.


Reading and Writing: Projects such as field drawing or illustration begin with reading and observing. The ability to pair reading and writing with images furthers learning, understanding, and connections.


Social Studies: History and the culture are a wealth of subject matter for the arts as a whole. Younger students especially connect vivid imagery to cultures and historical events. Illustration and collage projects easily connect with these areas of study such as depictions of family homes, learning about variations in skin tones, and discovering unique ways to illustrate students’ identities.


$70 per classroom session (50 minutes), and per preparation hour, and per planning & reflection meetings with school. Additional costs may apply for installation, equipment rental, and materials

Travel Costs: Travel costs determined by site location.



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