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Figuratively speaking: an exploration of the human form

I’ve recently been fortunate enough to have a trip to California and visited a number of art galleries exploring the art scene and cultural life in that part of America.  First gallery on my hit list was the Fine Art Gallery in the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas (where they filmed Oceans 12 with George Clooney […]

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‘Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miró and the Surrealists’ – 13th November 2010

This was the first of hopefully many study visits arranged for OCA students in Edinburgh.   ‘Another World’ is the major summer exhibition at the Dean Gallery, running until 9th January 2011, and the show offers a fascinating overview of Surrealism, one of the most important art movements of the twentieth century.  The Gallery owns a […]

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Introducing Rhonda

Introducing Rhonda Fenwick, OCA tutor, artist and blogger I began working as a tutor for the OCA in 1998 facilitating a range of drawing and painting courses, often meeting students in my studio for their tutorials. I also work as an artist in the community working in the voluntary, community, public and private Sectors. This […]

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Grief and vinegar with your chips?

A visit to Madrid recently meant an opportunity to see Picasso’s great anti-war statement “Guernica.” Painted in 1937 the painting was commissioned by the Spanish Government for the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World Fair. The subject matter was to become Picasso’s reaction to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica, which was attacked […]

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Urban sketchers take over museum

The Campaign for Drawing does a lot to bring art into the public eye.  The web based international group Urban Sketchers does a lot for those of us who love to go out and about sketching but sometimes feel a bit inhibited being out there on our own. Through this group regional and local sketching […]

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An art project that took 32 years to complete?

I recently visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – click here for a link to YSP – (just off the M1 near Wakefield), where there is a permanent sculpture collection set in a glorious landscape.  YSP also have an ambitious temporary exhibition every year, with site specific sculptures created, usually huge in scale, that often look […]

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Blog of the week: Diana Hudson

Blog of the week this month is Diana Hudson’s OCA Blog. This caught the attention because of its focus on documenting process, the frequent use of the question ‘what have you achieved? and the evidence of research informing her work. The ‘what have you achieved?’ or ‘what have I achieved?’ is a great reflective question, […]

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On "M"ness

On “M”ness As announced recently on this blog, the OCA is developing an MA in Fine Art in conjunction with the University of the Creative Arts – see here.  Last week we were invited to their Epsom campus in Surrey for an “M”-ness workshop, the task of the day being to define what it is […]

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Blog of the Week: Rob's Learning Blog

Blog of the week this month is Rob’s Learning Blog. It is one of the first illustration learning logs I have seen – the course was only introduced this year, but has has exceeded expectations in terms of enrolments. I was struck not just by the quality of the drawing but also by the effort […]

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Frightened of going to bed?

We were really pleased with the response to last week’s video by Lynne Chapman on keeping a sketchbook. Paul is pretty busy right now, so we have suspended work on OCA Elements. I have uploaded here a pair of lengthier videos by Lynne on the process of illustrating a book so you can see them […]

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