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Logging and blogging
This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date. OCA encourages its students to keep learning blogs, rather than or as well as paper based learning logs. Blogs are a great way to share your learning with others, get feedback and make tentative steps towards […]Read More
Things Peter Blake loves
The Fine Art Society is a gallery situated in London’s fashionable Bond Street and it is here that Peter Blake, the Grandfather of British Pop Art, has put together a selection of paintings and prints that reflect his tastes and influences. Famous for his part in the design of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper Album, Blake […]Read More
Sticks and stones
Last month, the phenomenon of cyber bullying became headline news when Conservative MP Louise Mensch spoke out against the onslaught of misogynistic abuse to which she had been subjected on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Mensch is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. The comments, many of them explicit and most of […]Read More
What is contemporary art?
Its a bold person who can articulate a sense of what art is in the 21st century, with no notes and with authority. Sheila McGregor, one might argue, should be well placed to do this, as Chief Executive of Axis, the online resource for contemporary art. She does it remarkably well. Click on the video […]Read More
Finding arty gems in the haystack
As we all know, the web provides a great array of wonderful stuff, but it is a challenge to sift the good from the indifferent and downright bad. But now an initiative based on a philosophy of collaboration in the arts community is beginning to bear fruit. Chris Follows, of the University of the Arts, […]Read More
How Ben works
Ben Robinson, OCA Photography student, has agreed that we can show this short (soundless) video that shows how he builds up his knowledge and adds to his learning log. Its a really good insight into working methods, so worth a minute or two of your time. It’s a good example of looking at other artists’ […]Read More
Shall we get Facebook 'friendly squares' and wear them with pride?
Fotografiska, the Swedish photography museum, has self censored images on its Facebook pages to avoid them being deleted by Facebook for contravening its rules on nudity. The museum currently has a show of around 200 Robert Mapplethorpe images. The image produced by the museum has itself become art, and sent a flurry around the art […]Read More
Let’s start with the assumption that writers want to see their work in print. For poets, novelists, biographers and writers of memoirs, the lure of type on a page, their name as author stated boldly on a cover designed by some-one who understands what makes books sell, holds a place in their aspirations. We could […]Read More