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!

Monday, July 6, 2009

#6 - Léon, a Stencil

Last year the Obama campaign was marked by amazing poster work and graphics produced by Shepard Fairey who you should know because of this poster. Stencil art has really hit the streets in a big way in the last few years, first used an unorthodox method to "graffiti" in public places. It was made notorious by artists like Banksy and has eventually been brought into the public realm.

This is also a method that you experimented with last year in you portrait series. I like how Léon feels more serious in this picture. He is usually quite jovial and here he looks somewhat austere. I can see this image being the basis for future works, and possibly like the Obama poster with some colour added to it.

Sharon Lacoste McDonagh, Léon, 2009
Ink on Paper 15 x 10 cm