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Study event review: Stanley Kubrick Archive

A week or so ago, I decided to attend the Kubrick Student Event. I have to admit that I was quite nervous at first. Participating in such an event, was going to be the very first time that I would engage myself in an official academic activity, outside my own comfort zone.

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Study event review: OCA North

OCA North invited Middlesbrough-based artist Miranda Richmond to discuss her work in January. Richmond’s current exhibition Presences at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax focuses on portraits created using intense looking and expressive mark making.

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Student review: The Grosvenor Quilt Show, January 2020.

The quilts give me ideas of colour matching, density, fabrics used, pattern and fluidity. I also like to see the threads they have used to enhance the images and patterns.

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Study event: OCA East of England – *now virtual*

Join the OCA East of England group on Saturday 28 March in a session led by OCA Student Andrea Norrington to understand the place of learning logs and/or sketchbooks within your studies.

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WE are OCA

As an alternative learning provider we mean to be alternative not as a second best alternative, but to be different. In seeing our students as partners and listening to our students’ voices, we can move from a transactional model where students are informed and consulted, to being co-creators in learning and teaching.

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Student work: A 2020 Happening

We held our first Happening on 11 January in Paignton. We had 12 participants of whom 9 were OCA students from the OCA SW group, and 3 were local artists and one photographer. The focus was on cross-discipline collaboration among artists.

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Study event review: OCA East of England

The day started by looking at what reflective practice means and how it can be embedded in effective creative practice and development. We discussed its potential for developing practical strategies, capturing feelings, recognition of learning, how it focuses and provides purpose and gives meaning to our experiences.

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Student review: Eco-Visionaries @ The Royal Academy London (December 2019)

This exhibition speaks volumes, it is as the exhibition states, a response to “some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times”. It does need to be examined closely though since alone, the purely visual content may not really convey the gravity of the message.

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Study event review: OCA Thames Valley Group

John Umney, a previous member of the Thames Valley Group and OCA Photography Degree Graduate, kindly came to give us a talk about printing, drawing on 30+ years as a photographer working in both analogue and digital and always printing his own work.

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