Welcome to the IGCSE Summer Blog for BUPS/BIS (soon to be BLIS) students leaving Grade 8 and entering into Grade 9.

This blog is your guide to your summer assignment: 12 Variations

Over the course of the next few weeks you will be completing 12 different art pieces based around one object of your choosing. This blog will provide you with examples and links to help you with each variation. On average you should aim to complete two variations per week. You will need a sketchbook dedicated to the project. Heavy weight paper is the best.

Your variations are due on the first day of Grade 9 IGCSE Art
in September. Good luck and have fun!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

#4 - Tomte Crossing, Léon as a Road Sign

I am in Sweden at the moment and have just spent the past week in Vuollerim, which is far north and very close to the Arctic circle. Scandinavia is the place of tomtar and their folklore. Léon is a tomte, in case you did not already know that and so here, it is not at all unfeasible that he should be real. As you can see from the road sign, reindeer are often found on the road, and as I was driving past this sign, I wondered about all the tomtar who might need to cross the road too.

Photo that inspired the painting

Sharon Lacoste McDonagh, Tomte Crossing, 2009
Acrylic on Paper 10 x 10 cm