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Confessions of an art student

I am at the start of Level 3 (assignment 2) and experiencing the same feelings I had with my first course, Drawing 1, in what feels like a life-time ago in 2012…

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Etch a sketch project

One of my HE6 students is a keen ideas person who finds thinking through making very enjoyable and is always experimenting with new and unusual materials and processes. She is currently ‘toying’ (pun intended) with making work using the excellent etch a sketch as a medium and has asked me to forward this message from her to see if she can make a collaborative preliminary work that will then be mediated through a secondary process to create one very complex drawing.

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Georgina Emmett

OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall looks at the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Georgina Emmett. Bryan investigates how Georgina uses the shadows cast by trees as a compositional device. It reminds us that the shadows cast by objects are actually like objects themselves.

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If you build it, they will come

A few months ago we blogged about the [(6)] – six alumni photography students who have come together again to create a new body of work. This work shot in Oxford, England and exhibited in Oxford, Canada. To add further interest to an already exciting event the Oxford Riverside Gallery was set up by one of OCA’s MA students Mathew Aldred.

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Rodoulla Anastasiou

OCA tutor and assessor Doug Burton looks at the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Rodoulla Anastasiou. Through her approach to media and observational drawing in her sketchbooks she explores ideas and subjects and the outcomes are imaginative and visually exciting.

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Fiona Tracey

OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall looks at the work of Fiona Tracey. He examines how she uses mindmaps of images drawn and collated to relate things together.

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Students are doing it for themselves

Sketchbooks. Context. Presentation of work. Articulation of ideas. Peer-group feedback. What do these topics have in common? They all come high on the list of absolute nail-biters for students of the creative arts – and they were all addressed in some way at the most recent meeting of the OCASA Thames Valley (Photography) Group.

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