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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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Labelled Like Luggage

Labelled Like Luggage from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo. One of the sheer joys of working at the OCA is the the surprise of opening assessment parcels and seeing the student work, which previously has only been shared between the student and the tutor. (OK I admit I don’t open the parcels personally) […]

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A History of Drawing in Four Paragraphs

The Open College of the Arts’ fine art courses place an emphasis on the practice of drawing as a means of exploring, experimenting and honing your skills as an artist in your media and genres of preference. In this article we look at the history of drawing as a practice and art form in its […]

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