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Art and environment weekend in London

Join OCA tutors Dan Robinson and Melissa Thompson in London on the 28 and 29 July for two days of lively summer workshops.
We’re looking for OCA students from any discipline to come together to Meet, Think, Do, Make and Chat. Together we will cultivate ideas for you to take home to nurture.
The objective of the workshop is to

  • Meet other creative people and share your ideas
  • Think about nature’s influence on art and design whilst recording your experiences (image and text)
  • Improve and experiment with drawing / photography
  • Have fun with tools and materials, try alternative ways of using a tool
  • Challenge your creative thinking; generate ideas and new ways of working

Students can attend one or both days and if you can’t make the London event, Dan is running an Art and Environment study day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the 26 August.
If you are interested in the subject area but unable to attend any event Dan will be hosting a google hangout/meet to discuss the ideas on Wednesday 5 September. Those who attended physically are also welcome to hangout, share and review student responses, visual work and research in an online shared space.
Saturday 28 July will be at Phytology, Bethnal Green, London and Sunday 29 July will be held at South London Botanical Institute (SIBI), London.

The title of the event is Ideas from the soil and the itinerary is as follows:
Saturday – Cultivate ideas /  indigenous weeds  – an artist-led project looking at the use, value and resilience of urban wilderness, pick you’re your own cure from a field of medicinal weeds. See how other artists and designers have responded to the space.
Visit, talk, think, draw and get inspired alongside a Herbal Medicine Workshop.
10.30am: Meet Dan & Melissa and have introductions
11.00am – 12:30pm: Work alongside the Herbal Medicine Workshop | Lunch – ‘pot-luck’ garden picnic
1.30pm- 3.00pm: Medicinal Plant drawing / photography & discussion of student work, thoughts and ideas

Sunday – Microscope and Herbarium Drawing – Visit, talk, think, draw – experiment with different scale and get inspired with microscopes and herbarium samples.
10.30am:  Welcome and introductions.  ‘Art, Garden, Soil.’ What can we learn? 
11.00am – 12:30pm: Drawing from microscopes and herbarium samples, thinking about collections and archives | Lunch – garden picnic
1.30pm-3.00pm: Experimental drawing with liquid clay and plant ink
To request a place on a study visit/event please click here and complete the form. Please note there is a £10 booking fee for this visit. Do indicate which date(s) you would like to attend. We will require confirmation and payment by 19 July.

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