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For those who love to draw….

Really, you should get into sketchcrawling. Its such fun, and totally absorbing. Here is a video about a sketchcrawl aevent that took place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park a couple of weeks ago with Sketchcrawl North and some OCA students. It was great fun, as you can see. For further details about sketchcrawling and seeking your […]

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75p or £24.95? Local Libraries – use them or loose them

The high costs of studying anything these days is well documented, and it is no secret that Photography has always been one of the most expensive disciplines to commit to. Not only are there the general costs of studying (travel, textbooks, flapjacks and cups of coffee) but the equipment requirements are ever expanding, and although […]

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Piranesi – master of fantasy

Downstairs in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, the gallery have drawn together drawings and prints from their collection to stage an absolutely fanstastic exhibition of work by Piranesi which includes his series of invented prisons many of you will already be aware of. Up close these etchings buzz with life and the marks are surprisingly […]

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Sarah Lucas at Henry Moore, Leeds

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is staging an exhibition of work by the sculptor Sarah Lucas. ‘Ordinary Things’ looks at Sarah Lucas’ work from a more straight forwardly sculptural, formal position than the one with which she is often viewed due to her ‘brit art sensation / mate of Tracy’ career path. The exhibition […]

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Van Gogh to Kandinsky at the Scottish National Gallery

Emma Drye reports from the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibition with her sketchbook drawings. Don’t forget there is a study visit coming up on 1st October at this exhibition, so secure your place by emailing enquiries@oca-uk.com.   When french poet Jean Moreas published his ‘symbolist manifesto’ in the newspaper le Figaro he urged artists to […]

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Painting with architecture in mind

Dr. Linda Khatir, artist and Curriculum Leader for Fine Art with the OCA, has contributed to an academic publication exploring the question of painting from an architectural perspective. Painting with Architecture in Mind, Essays on Painting and Architecture has recently been published by Wunderkammer Press/Bath Spa University and brings together prominent and up and coming […]

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Study visit to catch three in one: Twombly, Turner and Monet, all at Tate Liverpool

“Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings” at Tate Liverpool is an exciting exhibition which will stimulate and provoke comparisons, contrasts and arguments. OCA is running a study visit on 1st September starting at 11.30am, and running until 3pm. Please email enquiries@oca-uk.com to secure a place on a first come first serve basis. The exhibition displays together […]

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Time for a New Tate Gallery?

OCA tutor (and figurative painter) Jim Cowan takes on the contemporary art scene below. What do you think of what he says? Does the Tate Modern need to change its name? Is there a need in London for a new Tate Gallery? Deep down in the bowels of Tate Modern, three large oil storage tanks […]

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Revisiting the past

This month heralds the issue of a CD of my music through the generosity of the British Music Society, a now highly distinguished organization founded over 30 years ago specifically to promote interest in British music, and particularly that which is not heard as often as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius and Britten.  The BMSrecording catalogue […]

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The impact of the Bauhaus: reflections on a study visit

We had a great study visit last week at the Bauhaus exhibition at the Barbican. The whole group left the Barbican exhausted, full of insights and more excited about the Bauhaus than we could ever have expected to be. With a mix of Textiles, Graphic Design, Art and Photography students, Jim Cowan did a great […]

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