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Blog of the week: all that jazz! thumb

Blog of the week: all that jazz!

OCA Illustration student Kasia Lovick has been thoughtful and thorough in the way she has approached assignment three of her course.  Take a look at what she has done, and the images she looked at.  Its interesting to note that one of the first things she looked at ended up giving her the inspiration she […]

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Blog of the week

A keen blogger, Lia Edwards keeps two. There’s one at Drawn to Creativity and another at Lia Edwards. There’s a bit of an overlap between the two, but what’s great it the variety of what she does: printmaking, illustration, bag making and photography. She also exhibits and goes to lots of exhibitions. The OCA illustration […]

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Student work uncovered: Jane Dugdale and her thumbnails for Graphic Design thumb

Student work uncovered: Jane Dugdale and her thumbnails for Graphic Design

Christian Lloyd, Curriculum Leader for Graphic Design, takes a look at Jane Dugdale’s creative process demonstrated through her sketchbooks. Because many of the images are in pencil, to see them clearly it’s best to expand the size of the video window to view the video full screen (which you can do by clicking on the […]

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Bradford study visit

Warsaw, Poland. February 2005. © Mark Power / Magnum Photos A real visual treat of a study visit on Saturday 17 March in Bradford. Starting at 1pm we will visit two galleries. First of all, the Impressions Gallery where we will see Magnum photographer Mark Power’s work The Sound of Two Songs, a project which […]

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Student work uncovered… Paul Washer's illustrations and use of Photoshop thumb

Student work uncovered… Paul Washer's illustrations and use of Photoshop

Christian Lloyd, Curriculum Leader for Visual Communications, and an assessor, talks to us about Paul Washer’s work from Illustraion 1 and a common trap students fall into when using Photoshop. Notice how good Paul’s drawings are…. and how little you can see of them in these examples.

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Untitled Post

It is becoming increasingly hard to keep track of all the things OCA students are doing, with growing numbers blogging their learning logs, setting up informal meetings, etc, but this is something special. Student Penny Rowe has got together with fellow students to launch an online exhibition. Called ‘Untitled’, it is just fabulous, take a […]

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Blog of the week: Sarah Pease

Our second ‘blog of the week’ this year is by Graphic Design student Sarah Pease. I particularly liked this postcard design from her first assignment, with Sarah’s explanation of the design choices ‘I used the green of Gordan’s gin bottles of which they had over 20 lined up on the windowsills and Dakota handwriting font […]

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Art or Vandalism?

Bonne Année!. Here is my 2012 New Year Quiz! (I haven’t pulled any crackers this year, so you’ll have to indulge me…) Q: From the images included in this article, choose which is a)   Art b)   Vandalism Did you guess right?! Check out the answers below! A few years ago, there was a new manager […]

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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, […]

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Calling north for an inspirational study day

A two pronged study day is planned for 21st January in Liverpool. Two exciting exhibitions, in a wonderful city. First we’ll go to Tate Liverpool to learn about Lewis Carroll’s timeless novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, which have fascinated children and adults alike since their publication over 150 years ago. […]

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