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Penny Rowe

Looking at Penny’s submission there is a real sense of enthusiasm in her tackling of unfamiliar and combination materials in new and unusual ways.

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Making the course work for you

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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Bus Stop Art

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Something unusual is happening all over the UK. The display windows lining the bus shelters all over town, which once displayed advertisements for high street brands, have begun to display works of art. A once dull […]

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The excellent sketchbooks of level one student Holly Norris

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   On receiving the second assignment from OCA student Holly Norris, one of my Printmaking 1 students, I have decided to showcase her sketchbook as an example of outstanding sketchbook practice. Her sketchbook is small, a little […]

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Picture lending is alive in Leeds

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   On a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, my partner and I took a trip into Leeds. Whilst navigating the crowds, we found ourselves walking in the direction of Leeds Art Gallery and decided to see what […]

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Sex and Art

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Depictions of erotic themes are identified from as far back as the palaeolithic period, with images of human genitalia apparent in cave paintings and stone carvings, some of which have been identified as being as much […]

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Relief printing at home – hints and tips

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   For those of you that don’t know me, in addition to being an OCA tutor, I am a practicing printmaker. I have a Masters degree in Printmaking, I have worked in the print industry as well […]

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Where is the line between art and craft?

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   OCA tutor India Ritchie reports: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has chosen to remove the category of ‘crafts’ as a recognised creative industry as part of a paper for classifying and measuring the […]

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Happy Birthday Mondrian

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Thursday 7th March saw the opening of the Leeds College of Art second year BA Fine Art exhibition ‘Happy Birthday Mondrian’ at Mexico Project Space in Leeds. The title of the exhibition is a reference to […]

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The art of social commentary

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Commenting critically on social issues through art has for many artists become their artistic focus and for some has ultimately become the area which they are most renowned. Take Francisco Goya for example. Goya was a […]

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