Basil Arts

Mixed Media

For the second semester of ‘20-21, SBA art students have the opportunity to take Mixed Media. In this class, students will explore different media while learning basic art concepts such as line, mass, composition, space, rhythm, balance, mood, color and value.

Finished Work 3: Costume Collage

For the third finished work of the semester, artists were given a figure from the book Costumes as their inspiration. First, they completed sketch using guides for drawing the human figure. Artists learned how to use relative proportions to capture the correct the scale of the figure, measuring the length of the body using head size. After a rough sketch was completed, the final drawing was transferred onto drawing paper. The student selected from an array of different patterned and solid papers. Ink was also used to add facial and costume details. Attention was given to the placement of the paper to give the feel of cloth.

As the students complete their works, more art will be added to this section. Enjoy!

Out of Studio Work

With our hybrid schedule, SBA artists are only in the studio for 2-3 classes a week. During their Out of Studio days, sketchbook work helps them develop the skills they are working on in class. Here are the results of a simple assignment using collage, tying into our Word Art project and the current work, a Costume Collage figure.

Artists were asked to draw a shape and fill it either with collage materials or with colored pencil designs. Be inspired by the results!

Word Art

Art makes a statement. In their second work, the artists were challenged to choose a word or initials or a name, create a font and then use collage plus other media. They were given design parameters ( a 6” x 12” sheet of paper) and used graph paper to plan it out.

Here are some closeup photos of some of the works:

First Final Work: Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Collage

Here are some of the final collages created by MM students—the first completed piece of the semester. Each work reflects the choice and style of the artist. The focus was on composition and the use of detailed black and white, ink, and color pencil media. (Scroll down to see some of the steps in the process.) Click on the photos to view more a more detailed slideshow!

Eight Minute Colored Pencil “Quick” sketches

The finished GOK project will feature her flowers rendered in ink, colored pencil, and detailed pencils. In our virtual class today, 2/1, 9th and 10th grade artists had 8 minutes to render GOK flowers. They had to select their pallet first, then quickly find the form and add the colors, laying them and paying attention to values. Look at what they did in such a short amount of time!

Five Minute Ink “Quick” Sketches

In preparation for the work, students created inked quick studies using gesture or contour lines. Flower photography was their inspiration. These quick sketches were done in 5-7 minutes with ink pens.

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Fall 2020 Drawing Techniques

As our artists learn, our gallery will expand. Featured work will include sustained works done in class, OSW (out of studio assignments), and the semester long Identity Capsule project milestones. Click on the works to see a full slideshow and enjoy!

Identity Capsule Project

Since the DT artists were on a hybrid schedule, there was work going on at home as well as in the art room. Throughout the semester, artists created Out of Studio work, which included milestones for their Identity Capsule project. In the milestones, students considered the origin of their names, the people who influenced them, where they would be in five years, what were the ‘simple things’ they loved. The milestones paved the way to a project that tells the view who the artist is. A container was selected first, and it was the the container’s job to help explain the artists. During our final days of class, the artists present ended their works. Here are some of the projects:

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The Madonna Project, Final Work (Pastel on Canson)

The Madonna Project, Preliminary Study

Preliminary studies started with Madonna paintings done by Master Artists. Each artist was given a specific Madonna, with the challenge of capturing the head position and features. The work will be transferred to pastel paper for the final, full-color work.

The Face

In preparing for our final drawing work of the semester, (a Madonna full-color pastel), the DT artists are taking what they’ve learned about value to help them place and capture the features of the face.

In our virtual lessons the week of 11/30, the students worked from a handout with 7 different faces. First, they created using just shapes, the axis lines, and the feature lines. Then, they created drawing where they were only permitted to shade in the features. Here are some of the sketches done in a 25-30 minute exercise, where the features emerged from the values applied with the side of a drawing pencil:

The Eye Project

We are back in school this week, so the 10th graders had another class to work on their eye painting. Here is a close-up of some of the results:

Statue Project, Part II: Pastel on Bisque Canson

The artists used their black and white studies to learn the transfer process, an invaluable process that allows an artist to take a work, trace it, and place it onto a new medium. The next step was to develop the work, using black and white pastel along with the tone of the paper.

Statue Project, Part I: Detailed Values

The artists have been working with values and using them to create dimension and shape. In this project, each artist was assigned a statue photograph. The students studied some figure drawing and learned about how to use a photo to get proper proportions. The goals for this part of the project is to create a black and white, detailed valued drawing.

Sketchbook Prompt: Drawing with an Eraser exercise

In this exercise, the students “drew” with an eraser. First, they put a tone on their paper with graphite, then lifted the highlights out with a kneaded erase, and then added back the dark values.

Sketchbook Prompt: Learn your statue’s features, value study

As the semester progresses, students are learning basics art concepts starting with line, composition, form, shape, and now, values. The drawings below are in preparation for a project involving rendering the figure of a statue in black and white pastel on middle-toned paper. For this assignments, the students had to create a valued, pencil study of their statue’s head and shoulders.

IC MILESTONE 2: Who am I?

Part of this year’s class is a semester long project, the Identity Capsule. The artists will be creating a container/contents with information about their identity. Along the way, the out-of-studio assignments called Milestones, gives the girls writing/drawing prompts to inspire them for the project. Featured below is the graphic that goes along with IC Milestone 2: Who am I?

Values and Texture: LANDSCAPE PROJECT IN PEN AND INK

Sketchbook Prompt : Create a Postcard for a place you’d like to visit

Photography: Texture in Nature

Enjoy these great photos taken for an Out of Studio Assignment: Find texture in nature. The artists will be using their photos to create a detailed, inked landscape.

IC Milestone 1: What is in a Name?

Introduction to Texture: Object d’Art

What happens when you take a small object and capture in ink? The DT artists continued their study of line, texture, and value with this work done in ink

Sketchbook Assignment: Create a Logo, incorporating the Basil saddle shoe

2019-2020 Beauty in Simplicity class

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