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Ian McKeever talks about painting

In choosing to make a painting you are choosing to use paint. That maybe a tautology but I just want to start with it as I want to emphasise the …

Art

Sugar and spice

Last week I took a couple of days off to walk down the Thames from Windsor Castle to Hampton Court in order to visit the palaces. My excuse was that …

Art

The nearest faraway place

<i>“A few days ago, OCA student Yiannitsa Stevens Cegarra put the final touch to a collaborative project that a group of photography students started</i> …

Teaching

Nick Turpin

In this blog post I wanted to explore how photographers work on a project. As part of the OCA courses, the assignments give students the opportunity …

Street Photography

Andrew Howe: In Parallel

Level 3 Creative Arts student Andrew Howe has an exhibition opening this Friday at Participate Contemporary Artspace in Shrewsbury.Andrew is one of …

Art

Looking at adverts: 15

It has become the norm to see cosmetic adverts aimed at men. These industries seem to have realised their sales will increase if they market their …

Dry Skin

Compare and contrast

In the responses to the post I wrote about in praise of permanent collections it became clear that writing about art is sometimes an issue for …

Art

Book Review:101 Things to Learn in Art School

This book looks a bit like a stocking-filler and I’ve flicked through it in gallery shops, smiled, and put it back. I’ve now spent some time going …

Distance Learning

In conversation: Hagar Vardimon

I am a little bit of a collage and texture enthusiast and I adore the work of Hagar Vardimon, I wrote to her and asked if she wouldn’t mind answering …

Creativity

Karlstad on fire

<i>On 2nd July 1865, a fire broke out in a bakery in the city of Karlstad. When the fire broke out, many of the 5000 residents were attending the Sunday</i> …

Woodworking

What are your words worth?

A few months ago I attended a spiky, confrontational, but illuminating keynote speech by the writer Will Self, in Manchester. In it, with unusual …

Writing

Recording Britain Now:Society

Oliver Jones, 3 Steps to Younger Looking Skin, Pastel on paperJoin OCA tutor Diana Ali at the New Art Gallery, Walsall on the <b>26 March</b>. We will visit …

Arts and Crafts movement

Ulla Schildt & Liza Dracup

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 12 March at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.We will visit Ulla Schildt ‘A Rare Visitor’ & Liza Dracup ’Re: …

Wildlife

Book Review: Ways Of Looking

On the first page of Ways Of Looking, Ossian Ward acknowledges that, ‘much of our culture, infused as it is with the same multi-sensory …

Artworks

Originality

Through current technology, the availability and ability to take a picture is phenomenal; today, most of us own or have easy access to a camera in …

U.S. Marines

Classical music composers?

Recently I was working on the History aspect of the forthcoming <i>Foundations in Music</i> course and realised that more Baroque composers seem better known …

Flute

Still there

What is the role of the photographer in preserving that which is to be destroyed? How can photographers reveal stories that lie buried in buildings …

Military

The writing journal

I was recently asked by a fellow writer about how I have used my writers journals to develop novels I’ve worked on. I didn’t realise at the time what …

Songwriting

David Hockney or David Shrigley?

Having viewed David Shrigley at the Hayward Gallery, checked out Maurice de Vlaminck’s ‘Landscape with dead wood’ 1906 in the Courtauld collection, I …

Art

A History of Drawing in Four Paragraphs - The OCA Fine Art blog

The Open College of the Arts’ fine art courses place an emphasis on the practice of drawing as a means of exploring, experimenting and honing your …

Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want - The OCA Fine Art Blog

Now showing at the Hayward Gallery in London until 29 August, Tracey Emin’s new show is all about love or so she says! This exhibition covers every …

What value art? What value Lucian Freud?

Lucian Freud drawing – The Painter’s Mother<p>Lucian Freud died in July 2011, aged 88, (see BBC news report which contains an interview with Sue Tilly, …

The 99 Percent and the Value of Art

Sold on 12 November 2013 at Christie’s in New York for a staggering $142m, a Francis Bacon triptych has become, for now, the most expensive artwork …

Art

What lies beneath

Having moved to London a year ago, I am still revelling in the opportunity to compare and contrast a huge number of exhibitions that are available in …

Art

Strategies

My impression of this year’s Rencrontres photography festival at Arles was a little mixed, not least because there was no conspicuous theme to unite …

Framing

Agnes Martin:Gabriel

I had a slightly bizarre experience last night courtesy of the artist’s rooms research project. The evening was billed as an evening with Agnes …

New Mexico

Dewald Botha

OCA tutor and assessor Sharon Boothroyd looks at the work of photography student Dewald Botha. This was Dewald’s final Level 3 unit and he has …

Looking at Adverts: 13

The impact of photographs, particularly photographs of violence and suffering, has long been debated. In the essay In Plato’s Cave Susan Sontag …

Amnesty International

Study Visit: Martin Parr

Prolific, successful, influential, over-rated? Parr is perhaps the leading British photographer. He is distinctive, eclectic and controversial but, …

Martin Parr

Rectangular memories

The concept of mind mapping may have evolved from the mathematical spider diagram, but, not being a mathematician, I wouldn’t know about that. What I …

Writing