Archive

OCA recommends: ‘Manga’ at the British Museum, until 26 August 2019

Until around 20 years ago, it was possible to determine a comics artist or illustrator’s national and cultural origins from their aesthetic – from the elements of composition, mark-making, gesturality and myriad other aspects of image-making that comprised their personal visual language. Now none of these origins can be taken for granted. The fundamental question this raises is about the future of design and illustration generally – is the increasing similarity of visuality a ‘good thing’ or not?

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

Showing at Home: Apples and Pears Gallery

Another solution is to use your home to show work. Clearing some wall space and hanging a show – taking the endeavour seriously – and inviting friends and fellow students to an opening will help you think about your work differently. It could also lead to you curating a small group show in the same space.

Read More

Study event review: Pierre Bonnard

Bonnard’s work is colourful and dense with brush marks and the best pieces are fairly large…

Read More

Why you Should Go To See The Leonardo Da Vinci Show

Da Vinci died 500 years ago this year, hence the shows. All of these drawings are over 500 years old and can’t really have any bearing on contemporary art or thinking, surely?
Well, I disagree.

Read More

The knitting & stitching show

Join OCA tutor Priscilla Edwards on 2 March in London.

Read More

Study event: Sometimes I Disappear

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on 2 March in Edinburgh.

Read More

In praise of the study event

This post is aimed at those students who are still to attend a study event – those of you who already have will already understand the benefits. As tutors we always advocate visiting exhibitions, performances, readings, recitals, any event where there is potential for you to be presented with something new. Only by experiencing the […]

Read More

Time

Open Art Collective was created by members of the OCA Thames Valley Group, undergraduates and graduate alumni studying photography, drawing and visual communications. ‘Time’ is our first group exhibition, the result of our shared interest in developing personal work and artistic interests alongside our OCA courses.

Read More

What is your tutor up to? Chapter 27: Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan, OCA Printmaking tutor will be exhibiting etchings from the series Listening for the Past with Gallery 57, Arundel West Sussex as part of the Winter exhibition Organic Form. See here https://www.gallery57.co.uk/michelle-keegan. The process is a fundamental part of the work. The images emerge through allowing the print process of etching and the personality of the metal, […]

Read More