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Study visit: Jerwood drawing prize

Join OCA tutor Polly Harvey on the 5 November in Bath. Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice.

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Study visit: Georgia O'Keeffe

There’s a statement in the promotional material devoted to the Georgia O’Keeffe show currently on at Tate Modern: ‘with no works by Georgia O’Keeffe in UK public collections, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for audiences outside the US to view the exceptional beauty and skill of her remarkable paintings’. That’s reason enough to make the effort to see the show, don’t you think?

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Study visit: Stanley Spencer

Join me on the 3 September at the Hepworth in Wakefield to see the Stanley Spencer show. As a bonus, there is also a show of objects, paintings, and sculptures from the fabulous Kettle’s Yard collection on display. It’s a great chance to see works by Alfred Wallis, Constantin Brancusi, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo…

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Susan Askew

Many students at first can be a bit tentative about using mixed media. Lack of confidence, a fear of the unknown perhaps or else they are just not sure how it will all turn out. Susan Askew, a student on the Drawing 1 course, has no such doubts and instead has dived straight in, fearlessly combining collage with various drawing and painting media.

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All the fun of the fair

Linda Khatir and Michele Whiting are back from Frieze. Linda reports: Well here I am, just nesting down again in deepest darkest Devon after a truly wonderful trip to London where the best experiences were the Jerwood drawing prize, the Saatchi gallery’s photography show, and of course the un-missable Frieze London, the international showcase for […]

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Joe Clark – a student on drawing 1

I’d like to share with everyone the work of one of my drawing 1 students – Joe Clark. He is a capable student and very motivated. We are having some interesting discussions because when he first came onto the course his work seemed to have an aesthetic which was born out of advertising or graphic […]

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The probity of drawing: 90% looking, 10% doing

One of Britain’s foremost landscape painters, Peter Prendergast’s work has recently been collated into a website. http://www.prendergast.co This site, managed by his family, gives an insight not only into the iconoclastic quarry paintings for which Prendergast is renowned, but also into previously-unseen work.  OCA tutor Jane Parry reflects on the work of this consummate landscape […]

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Making the most of sketchbooks and learning logs

Eileen Adams is a fervent believer in the value of sketchbooks. We were delighted when this sketchbook guru (known for her contribution to Campaign for Drawing) agreed to be filmed talking about sketchbooks and the role of learning logs. I approached her after hearing her keynote speech at a conference all about sketchbooks earlier in […]

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New Life Drawing Video

The latest addition to OCA Elements website is this demonstration by tutor Jane Lazenby of figure drawing using geometrical shapes to establish an outline.

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