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In conversation: Sarah Taylor Silverwood

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries

I first encountered artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s work a couple of years ago when I went to see the Ruskin Prize exhibit in the Millennium gallery in Sheffield. Hers was my favourite piece in the show and I began to follow her websites and lust over her drawings. I asked Sarah if she wouldn’t mind asking some questions for us and she said yes!

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Andrew Howe: In Parallel

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries, Student Work

Level 3 Creative Arts student Andrew Howe has an exhibition opening this Friday at Participate Contemporary Artspace in Shrewsbury. Andrew is one of OCA’s longstanding students starting almost 12 years ago, this exhibition marks the end of his degree as he brings together his painting and photographic practice.

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Composing and winged horses

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

As an OCA tutor, one of the most fascinating parts of my job is reading through Learning Logs and seeing how different people approach the various challenges and concepts that the courses present. I have always felt that teaching is a two-way process, and that a good teacher can learn from their students, especially in terms of seeing things from different perspectives.

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Book Review:101 Things to Learn in Art School

By | Education, Fine Art

Lessons learned in pursuit of art are lessons that pertain to almost everything we experience. Art is not separate from life; it is the very description of the lives we lead. And so, this book is really for everyone who cares about art and the way it enriches our being.

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Book Review:Looking at Art

By | Education, Fine Art

‘Looking at Art’ is a rich resource for any maker or viewer of art. What I like about it is that it doesn’t talk down to its readership and doesn’t offer ‘answers’ or approved ways to look at art but rather an approach to looking. This equates to a kind of tool kit that can be used to help manage any encounter with contemporary art.

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OCA Foundations course news

By | Education, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles

OCA are pleased to announce a new pilot scheme for our Foundations students. As an alternative to assessment students are invited to submit a body of work to OCA Headquarters to receive admissions advice from course support advisers, Joanne and Eddie.

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About the length of a piece of string

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

How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

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