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March 2016

Discussions with the University for the Creative Arts

By | Education

I am delighted to let you know that OCA is considering joining with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), our validating higher education institution. With the support of the Trustees, I made an initial approach to UCA a few…

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It’s a ‘No’: Part One

By | Creative Writing

For an aspiring writer with a few rejections under their belt, the name J.K. Rowling is either an inspiration or a curse. The fact that the impossibly successful Harry Potter books were initially turned down by almost every UK publisher is something that can keep the weary author’s chin up. On the other hand, it’s what well-meaning friends always trot out when they’re trying to raise the spirits after another ‘no’ from an agent or publisher. Before my own children’s novel found a publishing home, I remember thinking that if anyone else mentioned Rowling’s name to me, I might just scream.

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London Print Fair

By | Fine Art, Galleries, Study Visits, Textiles, Visual Communications

Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson on the 7 May and the RA for the London Original Print Fair. The London Original Print Fair brings together 50 print specialists from across the globe in London’s favourite boutique art fair. Works of art for sale span 500 years of printmaking: from old and modern master prints to the latest editions by today’s leading artists.

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Getting the most out of your learning log

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

One of the key components in developing your learning log or blog is visual analysis – looking at, selecting and recording the artists/photographers who you find interesting, challenging or useful in progressing your work. The more you document and reflect upon those creative practitioners who have had a ‘marmite effect’ on you, the more you will improve both your critical thinking and creative skills.

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Stroud Textiles Festival

By | Study Visits, Textiles

Join OCA Textiles tutor Neil Musson on the 7 May in Stroud. Now in its tenth year the Select Festival offers a feast of delights with artist-led exhibitions, lectures, workshops and the fabulous Select Trail where you can meet artists and buy and commission work. Set in the glorious Stroud Valleys there is always lots to enjoy and inspire. We will visit artist-led exhibitions in lead venues.

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Student Work: Helmuts Feldmanis

By | Music, Student Work

Early in 2015 I wrote the WeAreOCA blog ‘Go on, get it played!’ about the advantages of students gaining knowledge through collaborations. These experiences are often crucial in developing orchestration skills and a personal compositional voice. Recently, OCA music student Helmuts Feldmanis got in touch about one of his recent collaborations.

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