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Study event review: Developing sketchbooks with artist Karen Stamper

For anyone thinking about setting up similar opportunities, I would say go for it as there is a lot of support available.  As well as working with an artist and developing sketchbook work everyone was pleased to be able to get together with other OCA students to talk, work and learn with each other. Everyone left wanting to do another workshop!

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Student Work: Therese Livonne’s Sketchbooks

Sketchbooks are personal and can reveal much about how a student goes about the business of discovering and learning. I like to see books that are bursting with work as it is generally evidence of a submission full of speculation and discovery.

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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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The Art of Sketchbooks

I like sketchbooks best.  I mean, often they are more exciting that the finished article.  They have layers of work and re-work, layers of meaning, of frustration, anxiety, joy and pain.  The best sketchbooks are also brimming with ideas, and show the artist’s journey in a ‘warts and all’ way. This made me excited about […]

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