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Collaboration: Cherished Child or Frankenstein’s Monster? thumb

Collaboration: Cherished Child or Frankenstein’s Monster?

We are five students studying Undergraduate Degrees on Drawing, Painting and Fine Art at levels one and two with OCA. We have been meeting for a number of years to support each other with our studies. Last year we agreed to work together on a collaboration project, none of us had tried this before.

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Practice-as-research and Research-as-practice. The Creative Arts work of Stage 3 student Gesa Helms. thumb

Practice-as-research and Research-as-practice. The Creative Arts work of Stage 3 student Gesa Helms.

In May, after concluding Stage 3 of the Creative Arts pathway, tutor Rachel Smith spoke with student Gesa Helms to explore the interweaving between practical and theoretical work in her practice and how practice-as-research methods have informed her three Stage 3 modules. 

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Tutor news: Caroline Wright thumb

Tutor news: Caroline Wright

Caroline, alongside others, worked on SPIRAL, a project that explored multi-sensory dimensions of materials with disabled people. They aimed to explore if creative approaches could intersect with the work of UCL researchers to bring new and stimulating experiences to people.

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Student stories: Geraldine Leahy, Artist talk thumb

Student stories: Geraldine Leahy, Artist talk

SYP student Geraldine Leahy recently held her solo Degree Show, Littoral Shift: A Coastal Terrain in Flux, in a beautiful restored and repurposed church in the seaside village of Rush, North County Dublin. She will present her artist’s talk on Wednesday 22nd of June at 6pm, to which you all OCA students are warmly invited. 

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Painting and Drawing student work Spring 2022 thumb

Painting and Drawing student work Spring 2022

As Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Painting and the BA (Hons) Drawing degrees at OCA I am delighted to present a curated exhibition of the work presented by the students in both departments for the Spring 2022 assessment event.

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Drawing Invisible Cities: A Close-Reading and Drawing Workshop thumb

Drawing Invisible Cities: A Close-Reading and Drawing Workshop

Using selected extracts from Italo Calvino’s book ‘Invisible Cities’, on Wednesday 23 March I held a drawing and close-reading workshop to explore his writing and create a series of speculative drawings that imagine the cities he describes.

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Creative Arts, Part 3: Why are skills so important to becoming a creative artist? thumb

Creative Arts, Part 3: Why are skills so important to becoming a creative artist?

This might seem like an obvious question to answer, and perhaps I wanted to open a discussion on what opportunities there are for developing skills on the creative arts pathway.

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Student stories: Geraldine Leahy thumb

Student stories: Geraldine Leahy

A solo exhibition of work by Geraldine Leahy will be on display in Rush Library, Chapel Green, Rush, Co. Dublin  from the 4th – 14th April 2022 . Intriguing combinations of monoprint and paint reveal the devastating consequences of coastal erosion in Portrane, Rogerstown Estuary and Rush. The artist observes the entanglements of manmade and natural materials and the impact mankind has had on the coastline.

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