Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 8-11 | S19

Ages: 8-11
Day, Time: Tuesdays 12:00-1:00
Location: ROom 2


Cariña Booyens

Cariña Booyens, born 1977 in South Africa, studied at University of Tshwane, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2000. She majored in Printmaking and while completing her Bachelors degree enrolled in a Photography Course at the Market Photo Workshop. Here she learned how to use her very first camera purchased with funds from gifts she received for her 21st birthday. She later worked as Project Manager, Project Assistant and Curriculum and Logistics Assistant to the Director of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg until she immigrated to the United States.

Upon landing in the USA, Cariña ventured into Banking Compliance and worked as a Compliance Specialist specializing in the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Moneylaundering Compliance. In 2014 she realized that her first love, creative expression, was indeed what she wanted to do with her life and enrolled in a drawing intensive at the Georgetown Atelier under the tutelage of Holly White-Gehrt.

Her current work focuses on the expression of the internal landscape which finds its vocabulary in Nature. In this current body of abstract paintings she develops a visual language which describes a world which is seen with the emotional eye. The work springs forth as a spontaneous flow of movement that dances against a neutral but rich background that both anchors and frees the shapes that appear on it. The images are uninhibited expressions of what the artist has come to know as “flow”. Cariña has also worked as an event photographer, Summer Camp Arts & Crafts Director, muralist, published and exhibited photographic images while managing projects that teach/facilitate visual literacy to underserved and under-storied communities. Cariña loves to help individuals discover and tell their own stories through facilitating creativity workshops online and in person. She also occasionally writes poetry and sings classical repertoire. She also can be found driving a bus for King County Metro, which happens to be a full time job.

class description

In this class students will be encouraged to alter their perceptions and open their creative minds through drawing. We will use the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain program, designed by renowned author Betty Edwards, to complete exercises that are both accessible to new drawers and provide opportunities for seasoned drawers to build on their skills. Learn how we can use drawing as a tool to hone observation skills, train mindsets to push past assumptions, and transform mistakes into knowledge and problems into opportunity.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities. Curiosity and the ability to complete simple tasks as requested of the teacher in class.


Formal homework will not be assigned, but handouts will be given and students may choose to complete these projects on their own time. Doing so will exponentially improve the outcome for the student. Each handout project may require up to 60 minutes of homework time.

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Required: Mirror (self standing preferred)

Highly recommended: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook

Optional: Students may choose to purchase the Betty Edwards book – The New Drawing on the right side of the brain. This is not a required text book as all lessons will be presented by the teacher in class.

parent involvement:

Parents encouraged to attend. Parents who attend class will be expected to participate in the lesson.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.