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Student work: Hugh Hadfield

Sketch-a-day is the name of a community of people that create and share drawings and sketches every day. During January I committed to doing a sketch every day for at least one-month, partly because the beginning of the new decade seemed like an auspicious time to commit to something, and partly because I was intrigued to see what I could achieve.

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Student stories: In conversation with: Caroline Conolly

Caroline Conolly is part-way through her first OCA Level 1 course, Exploring Drawing Media. During assignment 2 her tutor, Cheryl Huntbach noticed a liberated, curiosity and playful approach to Caroline’s drawing processes and methodologies. She invited Caroline to have a conversation about her approaches and ideas, which might be equally fascinating and insightful for other students to read.

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Student work uncovered: Martyn Rainbird, Photography

It was immediately obvious when assessing that Martyn shows an admirable advancement for what is a level one unit, with little or no previous video making experience.

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Student review: The Grosvenor Quilt Show, January 2020.

The quilts give me ideas of colour matching, density, fabrics used, pattern and fluidity. I also like to see the threads they have used to enhance the images and patterns.

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Student work: Cathie Lloyd, Mixing traditional and digital techniques.

Cathie Lloyd has just completed Painting 2: Concepts in Practice while studying for a Painting Degree. While studying this unit she has developed a method of making that incorporated traditional drawing and painting techniques with those offered by digital image-editing software. Her tutor, Bryan Eccleshall, asks her a few questions about this workflow and how it has impacted on her approach to making and thinking about that making.

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Student work: A 2020 Happening

We held our first Happening on 11 January in Paignton. We had 12 participants of whom 9 were OCA students from the OCA SW group, and 3 were local artists and one photographer. The focus was on cross-discipline collaboration among artists.

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Student work: Natasha Davy, Working BIG.

A Fine Art student completing Drawing Two: Investigating Drawing reflects on how the difficulties and opportunities of working large impacted on her practice.

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Student work: Ramona Mason

Creative Arts level 1 student, Ramona Mason, has employed text, place and a personal perspective of her life in London to significant effect in the completion of her work on Printmaking 1. I spoke to Ramona about her prints, at the start of her creative arts journey, and wanted to share these with you now.

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Student work: Scraps of Memory by Catherine Munro

The Creative Arts program encourages interdisciplinary approaches. It’s great to see how students can navigate multiple units to build a coherent creative practice. It can be hard to juggle different parts of a practice based course and one of the key challenges, I think, can be finding how to develop an individual direction. It can be very useful to step back and reflect on what are the ideas and methods that really drive and inspire you. This body of work entitled Scraps of Memory, by HE5 Creative Arts student Catherine Munro feels useful to share with wider OCA.

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