Bellas Artes

I’m sort of embarrassed, but after taking Spanish since the sixth grade I have finally learned how to say “fine arts.”  Whenever people asked what my major was, I’ve always said “arte” or “arte del estudio” (a phrase I sort of made up that I hoped translated to “studio art”).  Turns out, the proper term is “bellas artes.”  Good to know….  Well, I’ve promised some sketches, so here is the first bunch.  Now I’m cooking up some ideas/plans for a larger watercolor painting or two!


Self-Explanitory. Graphite.

puerta del sol 1 sketch

Same image (drawn over 2 pages) continued…

puerta del sol 2 sketch


Statue near the university. Ink.

statue 1 sketch


Messi the cat. Graphite.

messi sketch


Catedral de Toledo. Ballpoint pen.

catedral de toledo sketch


Figure from the Catedral de Toledo. Graphite.

catedral fig sketch


And here are two of my favorite works from the streets of Madrid and Toledo!

madrid street art



toledo street art

Published by Elena Foraker '15

Hey! I'm a sophomore at CC from New Hampshire and San Francisco. Right now I'm studying abroad in Spain with the Mediterranean Semester program. I'll be living in Toledo for blocks 5-7 and then relocating to Sevilla for block 8. I'm a Spanish minor and a studio art major with a particular interest in pen drawing and watercolors. (I'll be sure to upload my sketchbook art from my travels!)

3 replies on “Bellas Artes”

  1. Enjoyed the variety of art and photos, especially the Catedral sketch and the sketch of the figure (conquistador?) near the Catedral. Look forward to seeing more of Spain through your eyes and your art.

    Good lesson about translation, too, and the power of studying abroad.

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