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Video showing large scale exhibit being made

There’s a new exhibition shortly on at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, close to OCA HQ (29 May 2010 – 27 February 2011) of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist’s 40 year career and offering a vivid statement of his life’s work. David Nash has created Black Steps, an ambitious landscape intervention […]

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New Life Drawing Video

The latest addition to OCA Elements website is this demonstration by tutor Jane Lazenby of figure drawing using geometrical shapes to establish an outline.

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The Herbal Notebook

Following the very positive feedback from students for Labelled Like Luggage we thought we would ask one of our Textiles tutors, Pat Hodson, to talk about her project, The Herbal Notebook and the influence of Elizabeth Blackwell

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New ways with pastels

Take a piece of card — matt surface, not glossy. Wet it thoroughly. Then lay down a line into the wet with the side of a chalk pastel – and watch what happens! These were the instructions given by OCA tutor, Stephen Court, at his workshop on Pastels and Mixed Media at the OCA headquarters […]

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A Seated Figure

OCA’s Curriculum Director Jane Horton looks at one of Rebecca Moore’s paintings of a Seated Figure and the profusion of preparatory work that went into it.

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Blog of the week: Sheila Raven's Art Place

Sheila Raven’s Art Place documents her study came to our attention as a student log which combines demonstrating the progress towards a finished piece with the reading around the subject. Here recent posts on an informal portrait show clearly how her thinking on expressionism is influencing her approach. Highly recommended.

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Negative Space

The video above is one of the series of ‘Elements’ videos we are developing to enable OCA students and the general public develop their skills. The Elements content relates to OCA courses but stands outside them. It will be free to view and we are very grateful to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for supporting the […]

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OCA tutor wins award

2nd Prize has been awarded to James Cowan for his watercolour ‘The Bakehouse, Vienna’ Although James regularly puts work into exhibitions, mostly in London, this was the first time he had sent work to the Royal Watercolour Society. “Just getting into an exhibition is great news, so I was delighted to also hear I had won the […]

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The Series

As a charity one of the underpinning principles for the OCA is widening access to arts education to those who might otherwise be unable to benefit from it. In this slideshow Jane Horton talks about Kenneth Brown, OCA painting student whose work for the course Your Own Exhibition is called The Series. Jane was interviewed […]

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Volcanic ash inspires artists

Following the recent Icelandic volcanic eruption and the cloud that has descended upon us, the New York Times ran a piece on 15 April, by Simon Winchester, reflecting on the 1883 volcanic explosion and its impact on the world. In particular, he cited its impact on artists. So get out there all you artists, and […]

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