The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Mark Caporael


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The main goal of my residencies is for my students to surpass their expectations and discover their personal artistic style. My method focuses on mediums and techniques that students can adapt to their vision. During our residencies it is my hope that students apply the techniques they’re learning, synthesize them with units of study or interest with an aim toward creating an original piece of art. Discovery, either through the differing perspectives that visual arts create or through the mere process of creation is the ultimate goal of our residencies.


I was fortunate to be taken along to art school by my parents and raised in my mother’s studio. I am most inspired by seeing my students embrace new mediums and methods and extremely excited to see them discover their own vision. I place emphasis on process over products and encourage students to use their imagination and creativity as their standards.


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.


Space: Flexible. Either an existing art room or can move from classroom to classroom.


Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.


Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.


Supplies: Common and specialized supplies used. White drawing paper, newsprint paper, draughting pencils, white erasers, conte crayon, artists tape, chamois.


Technology: Classroom projector to plug in a laptop, Overhead projector to display images and examples.



Residency Session:  $70/session (50 minutes)

Planning & Prep:  $70/hour

Travel Costs: Travel costs determined by site location.



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


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