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Photography and Nostalgia

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   The two go hand in hand.  As soon as a photograph is taken the moment becomes a thing of the past, frozen in time for us to ‘remember’.  Looking back, sentimentalising a captured memory and the […]

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Laura Knight and the BP Portrait Award 2013

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   This summer there are two exhibitions of portrait painting at the National Portrait Gallery – the BP Portrait Award 2013 and a long awaited exhibition of the work of Laura Knight. Elected as only the second […]

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Joe Clark – Man of Action

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   I was entranced recently by a little book that came through as part of a final assignment for drawing. I‘ve blogged about Joe’s work before as we have had an interesting discussion over the course of […]

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From Palestrina to open learning ….

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   OCA is always pleased to receive feedback on students’ learning experiences. Critical feedback is welcome too, because we do want to get things right. In this case, student Kathleen Shortt was so fulsome in her praise […]

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A conversation about the Drawing 2 course

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Emma Drye (course author of drawing 2) in conversation with student Alison Churchill: E:As the author of drawing two it’s great to be able to speak to one of the first students to go through the […]

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Estuary

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   OCA MA Fine Art student James Kowacz reports on a recent visit: I recently visited a new exhibition space in London that I hadn’t visited before at London Docklands which was a pleasant surprise. The Museum […]

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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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OCA students gain inspiration at New Designers

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   New Designers Exhibition. Business Design Centre, Islington, London. Tutors Pat Moloney and Liz Smith recently visited the New Designers exhibition with a group of OCA students. Pat is no stranger to the yearly exhibition: ‘I spend […]

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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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Less is More!

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Assessor Jim Unsworth shows us how to crop a painting to improve it. He mentions artist Milton Avery in his explanation, someone worth looking at, who said of his own work: ‘I always take something out […]

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