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Lynne Chapman on Sketchbooks

Lynne Chapman has been a successful children’s author and illustrator for 25 years and we were delighted when she agreed to be interviewed by the OCA. Jane and Mark went to interview her. Here she is talking about sketchbooks, but she will feature in further videos on illustration in OCA Elements shortly.

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Gendering the gaze

There’s been a lot of activity recently in the OCA photography students’ flickr group under the heading ‘Male Domination of Photography‘ Questions being asked about why so many big name photographers are male, the make up of OCA students and tutors. Of course the representation of women has long been a subject of interest, the […]

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Feedback on studies and finished work

Two OCA tutors, Emma Drye and David Winning were recently in the office and we filmed them talking about one of David’s students (Iwona Barltrop) who had just finished her Painting 1 course. I think the video really helps explain how important it is to retain vitality in your work for it to be successful. […]

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Blog of the Week: pain and the pastoral

For blog of the week this month we look to Gesa Helms’ pain and the pastoral. This is not so much a OCA learning log as an artist’s reflective notebook and it is fascinating for it. Rather than polished mini-articles we get snippets of thoughts and associations. Many of these thoughts turn to colour, but […]

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An extraordinary event

Art in Action is an extraordinary event.  It’s a 4-day celebration of the arts and crafts held every July in the grounds of Waterperry House, somewhere near Oxford, and attracts some 25,000 visitors.  Marquees house displays of paintings, sculptures, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass and jewellery.  400 top artists, designer makers, musicians and performers not […]

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MA in Fine Art coming soon

The OCA is working hard on designing an MA and hopes to launch it in January 2011. This is an exciting new venture for OCA and we anticipate significant interest in it, judging on the feedback we have had from the students we have asked. The programme will be different from existing OCA provision in […]

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New Designers in the making

The Business Design Centre in Islington is a great venue for designers to show their flair, with 65,000 square feet, a graceful iron arch originally designed as the Royal Agricultural Hall, opened in 1862. Now a thriving conference centre, the venue has, for the last couple of weeks, been jammed with creative young people, just […]

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First impressions of the iPad for Art

I’ve just had my first iPhone art exhibition, and squeezed in a couple of iPad images because, yes, I was one of those sad-os that got an iPad on the day it came out in the UK. The iPad is even better than I expected. The resolution of images created on it is loads better […]

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Drawing: the joys and challenges

A few observations as both an OCA director and a student on Drawing 1….. First, as a student: My first observation would be – drawing is hard work!  I guess it’s not surprising – looking, seeing, selecting and translating what is out there (3D and, disconcertingly, sometimes moving) into static 2D requires a great deal […]

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Mark Lomas on photographing your work

OCA photographer Mark Lomas demonstrates how to get the best results when photographing artwork. Starting with the set up used at the OCA, Mark explains the basic principles and how these can be applied whatever camera and facilities you have at home. The work pictured is by student Tracy Roberts. Three times a year after […]

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