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Ashmolean Museum and Gallery

The Ashmolean Museum and Gallery is situated in Oxford and for those of you who have never been it is a jewel of a place. Not surprisingly perhaps in such a wealthy city, the Ashmolean seems to punch far above it’s weight and often has really spectacular shows. The scale is small but the vision […]

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Assessment Feedback

Another assessment event is looming so I wanted to feed back to students some of the issues that have cropped up for me as an assessor. The course is open access but has a fixed end point. No special treatment is given at level three – all degrees are awarded for the same criteria. This […]

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It's Show Time !!

It is undergraduate degree show season and I would urge all students who are pursuing an OCA degree to visit a couple of degree shows. Just google undergraduate degree show and your nearest art college or large town and see what’s on offer. Further to my request in my last blog for all level 3 […]

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Hans Peter Feldman at The Serpentine Gallery

I had the very great pleasure to visit the new Hans Peter Feldman exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery recently. It is open until June 5th. Feldman’s output shares many themes with my own and so I had the usual,’ I wish I had done that moments as I went round as well as the odd’ […]

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Joe Clark – a student on drawing 1

I’d like to share with everyone the work of one of my drawing 1 students – Joe Clark. He is a capable student and very motivated. We are having some interesting discussions because when he first came onto the course his work seemed to have an aesthetic which was born out of advertising or graphic […]

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Going Global

I have been working on a website for some time now and it finally launched this week. The technical support I have received from friends, family and professionals has been so productive as to be more of a creative collaboration. I am a firm believer in collaboration and accepting pretty much any help that is […]

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Working with prisoners

One of the reasons I like working for the OCA is that it gives the widest possible range of people the chance to make serious art and gain a degree if they so wish. Nowhere is this more dramatically illustrated than in the work of students serving in Category A prisons. The images here are […]

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Taking a step into the ordinary

OCA level one painting student, Paul Yelland, has developed a consistent range of evocative images that carry the viewer into the space he has painted in a very particular way. Have a look at this:

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Soup and Pudding

This month’s blog is an update on my studio practice. Whatever I am making art about, to some extent I am always asking myself and the work: ‘why it is necessary that it is made?’ Some ideas are better written down, or danced, or written off. I am looking to make visual art, and I […]

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Blackadder, joy and purpose

Walking into the Elizabeth Blackadder exhibition at the Edinburgh National Gallery I had the feeling that I had walked into the ultimate level 1 drawing submission. For those of you who know the courses, there was a view from one space to another, view through a window, landscape, still life with natural and man-made objects, […]

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