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Patsy Farrar

Jim Cowan enthuses about the work of student Patsy Farrar…

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Informal Klee visit

Students at the OCA are taking to social networking in a big way…

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Pop Art Design

The Barbican Art Gallery is now showing an exhibition entitled Pop Art Design which displays not only the art of the period but the furniture, graphic design, fashion and architecture it influenced. Whereas the modern movement in its reductive search for purity removed decoration, the hedonistic arrival of Pop Art at the end the austerity […]

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Daumier –Visions of Paris

The last time there was an exhibition of Honoré Daumier’s work in in England was in 1961. Why the neglect?

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Learning to Draw / Drawing to Learn

The Fleming Gallery in London, in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art, recently put on a show entitled ‘Learning to Draw / Drawing to Learn’. In the second half of the 20th century art education in Britain moved away from the traditional academic practice that was centred on the life room. It actually took longer […]

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Study visit to Memory Palace

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Re-visit Jim’s blog post about his visit to this exhibition, below and then sign up for a trip to see it with two OCA tutors and an opportunity to network with likeminded OCA students. This will […]

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Overturning a will has brought a star collection to view

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Alfred Barnes made his money from pharmaceuticals and then spent it lavishly on art. Like most American collectors at the beginning of the last century he went to Paris, then the capital of the Art world […]

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Graffiti – street art – murals – public art?

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   In Philadelphia recently I was hoping to see the home and studio of America’s greatest realist painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). It’s near the city centre and within easy walking distance of the major museums. Although the […]

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