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Georgia O’Keeffe

About half-way through Georgia O’Keeffe’s exhibition at Tate Modern I began to wonder if, perhaps, the Tate ought to have promoted the show as a group exhibition since it included so much work by other artists…

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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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John Moores Painting Prize

Join OCA tutor Donal Moloney at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on the 27 August.

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Lucian Freud: study visit in London

We have a must-see study visit coming up at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Tuesday 22 May to see the retrospective of Lucian Freud’s work. We have a talk in a lecture theatre booked for 11.30 so its imperative that you arrive on time. Please aim to be at the entrance by 11.15am. […]

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A lively debate in the cold – David Hockney gets OCA students talking

We had a lively visit to the Hockney exhibition last week with OCA tutors David Winning and Tony Hogan. The tutors didn’t share the same views on Hockney’s work, which added to the debate afterwards as we huddled together in the Royal Academy forecourt. All this added to the quality of the reflections students had […]

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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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Drawn on a bus ticket ….

OCA painting and printmaking tutor James Willis on his new exhibition and experience of India…. My trip to India was made several years ago. During a hectic tour of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi I managed to sketch all the time and even make a few watercolour studies in a sketchbook. By the end of this […]

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An extraordinary event

Art in Action is an extraordinary event.  It’s a 4-day celebration of the arts and crafts held every July in the grounds of Waterperry House, somewhere near Oxford, and attracts some 25,000 visitors.  Marquees house displays of paintings, sculptures, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass and jewellery.  400 top artists, designer makers, musicians and performers not […]

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A Seated Figure

OCA’s Curriculum Director Jane Horton looks at one of Rebecca Moore’s paintings of a Seated Figure and the profusion of preparatory work that went into it.

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