‘Drawing is […] the most democratic and the most apparent of media’ Join OCA tutor Bryan Eccleshall on the 22 April.
Painting tutors Emma Drye and Bryan Eccleshall will be leading a Study Visit for Level Two and Three students on Saturday 10 December at Tate Modern. It should be a challenging and enjoyable experience for all of us. OCA will be running a second visit to this for Foundation, Level 1 and any students who cannot make the above on the 21 January 2017.
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?
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…
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 students, especially if confronted with complex or difficult works. A better technique is to move towards a consideration of two works rather than one. By looking for similarity and difference between two works, each can reveal something of the other.
‘Ways Of Looking’ is a rich resource for any maker or viewer of art. What I like about it is that it doesn’t talk down to its readership and doesn’t offer ‘answers’ or approved ways to look at art but rather an approach to looking. This equates to a kind of tool kit that can be used to help manage any encounter with contemporary art.
In the Foundations Drawing course there’s a modest exercise in which students are asked to turn three circles into balls through shading.Most students do the three drawings and, perfectly reasonable, move on to the next exercise. Sharon Mulberry-Rookes had other ideas, recognising the potential to follow this thread a little further.