Author: Bryan

Study Visit: Rauschenberg

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.

Study visit: Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932

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?

Study visit: Stanley Spencer

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…

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 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.

Book Review:101 Things to Learn in Art School

Lessons learned in pursuit of art are lessons that pertain to almost everything we experience. Art is not separate from life; it is the very description of the lives we lead. And so, this book is really for everyone who cares about art and the way it enriches our being.

Book Review: Ways Of Looking

‘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 Praise of the Permanent Collection

Like other OCA tutors I encourage students to see as much art in the flesh as possible and it’s easy to think that this means going to London or another large metropolitan centre to catch blockbuster shows that seem so significant. Not so.