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Study event: St. Ives

This weekend workshop will be focused on a multidisciplinary approach to landscape and place. Students will create visual work in response to the previous day’s experiences through discussion and advice and explore ideas using creative materials including photography and collage. Each student will have an opportunity to display work in a pop up exhibition/crit. 

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New Year, New Intentions

Part 4:You Are Not Alone. Forming good work habits takes time. Many of us focus on using willpower but when the willpower goes, we find ourselves reverting to our old routines. To make improvements it is much better to build on our habits, that way when and how you study becomes part of an established routine.

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In praise of the study event

This post is aimed at those students who are still to attend a study event – those of you who already have will already understand the benefits. As tutors we always advocate visiting exhibitions, performances, readings, recitals, any event where there is potential for you to be presented with something new. Only by experiencing the […]

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Contemporary drawing research

I wanted to bring together a short summary of the most recent book in the Drawing series – Vitamin D2, focusing particularly on some of the artists featured whose drawing practices it might be interesting and useful for students to look at.

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Time

Open Art Collective was created by members of the OCA Thames Valley Group, undergraduates and graduate alumni studying photography, drawing and visual communications. ‘Time’ is our first group exhibition, the result of our shared interest in developing personal work and artistic interests alongside our OCA courses.

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How To Find The Creative Spark

Today we are always connected in the virtual world. The world is literally at our fingertips. Information is ubiquitous and even working alone from home, we are really never ever alone. I have forgotten how to sit still and do nothing.

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How Creativity Can Help Your Mental Health

Happiness has a domino effect. Creativity has a domino effect. Research has shown that within 45 minutes of doing something creative, the levels of stress hormone cortisol is massively reduced.

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New Year, New Intentions

A temptation can be to revise plans, maybe draw up elaborate study timetables which take up more and more time. You can get caught in the never ending spiral of spending so much time planning that you never get any work done, and then need to revise plans which use up more time … and end up repeating this process ad infinitum.

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OCA collaboration project 2019

Are you interested in the potential for creative disciplines to come together in exciting new ways?  Have you ever considered using sound or music in your work, or perhaps created visual pieces that resonate with music in some way? Or perhaps you are a composer, who has thought about how your compositions might be informed and extended through other approaches.

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