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It’s easy to look at a painting, for example, Van Gogh’s yellow bed and chair,, and respond with words. You might write a short...Read more
Wood, a material for textiles
Wood may be one of the oldest and most commonplace materials, long used in African, Pre-Columbian, and Oceanic artwork to create groundbreaking forms, but...Read more
Ask the librarian
Continuing from May’s Ask the Librarian blog that discussed how to find the right content online, lets next discuss what you should do once...Read more
Study event: OCA North
Join the next meeting of OCA North at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester on the 15 June with OCA tutor Rachel Forster.Read more
When is a collection of short stories a novel?
It might seem obvious whether a book is a novel or a collection of short stories, yet I keep coming across books that seem...Read more
Study event: OCA East of England
Come and join us for a talk about “The Influence of Curation on the Creative Arts” with OCA tutor Andrea Norrington on Saturday 27 July.Read more
Right up the bracket
Parentheticals in a script are mini descriptions put into dialogue (in brackets), usually to describe emotion, or what the character is doing while talking,...Read more
New textiles tutor: Introducing Katie Taylor
As a new textiles tutor at OCA I have been invited to introduce myself on the #weareoca blog. I am a sculptural installation artist...Read more
Study event review: OCA East of England
The session focused around making a mini-concertina book and each student successfully made their book. In the session, students were shown how to cover...Read more
Study event: OCA Midlands
Join OCA Midlands Photography students for a day with artist Stephen Burke on Saturday 22 June at Blast Festival of Photography in the West...Read more
What’s your tutor up to? Adam Thompson
Conversations amongst friends evolved into artworks, artworks resonate conversation, new knowledge and understanding, things I find to be at the core of art practice.Read more
Study event review: Thinking through art
Having Emma and the students talk around my project, helped me consider it from other viewpoints and look at other options. This has greatly...Read more
The Making of Books. Part 2.
Making individual page layouts is an essential part of the book planning process. Play around with the sequencing of images. This stage can take...Read more
Study event review: Arts & environment. Part 2.
These events are part of a program of Art & Environment visits taking the context of climate change as a backdrop for explorations of...Read more
OCA Music web chat: Inspirational orchestration
Join OCA Music tutor Chris Lawry and fellow music students for an informal web chat from the comfort of your own home. The chat will start at...Read more
Music and Maths 2: Back to Basics
While modernism and contemporary music are often thought of as very mathematical, numbers and ratios are in fact central to all western music. In...Read more
Study event review: Arts & environment. Part 1.
In our discussion about trial and error and finding the right working conditions to be able to experiment as part of the creative process,...Read more
The Making of Books: Part 1
If you are new to bookmaking, then experimenting with making artist style books is a fantastic learning experience. They are a great way to...Read more
‘I am tired of guilt…’
At ‘Don McCullin’ you’re not supposed to think so much as feel. But the other function of an art gallery, besides educating us, is...Read more
Join the new OCA Book Group!
Do you like books? Do you like tea? Then join the OCA’s new online Book GroupRead more