The exhibition as a whole enabled us to see a range of work from the strongly contrasting lino cuts to the super fine cobwebbby weave of some of the lithograph work which had been even further smoothed over and refined with sandpaper and crayon.
I am very pleased to announce that the new drawing HE4 course, Exploring Drawing Media, is now available for students at level one . The course is part of a fantastic drawing degree pathway being developed by programme leader Doug Burton and his team. Having written for HE5 and 6 (levels two and three) I was so pleased to be able to write this course for the Open College of the Arts.
I hope many more students will find their way to the show over the next few months. It is a great show to experience as an undergraduate, or as an artist generally as it is a reminder to have a blast and go for it.
Join OCA tutor Emma Drye on the 21 January in Gateshead.
Abstraction appeared to be taken at face value and enjoyed, rather than seen as evidence of under developed motor skills. As an assessor of undergraduates I felt that I would have selected the same work myself and so I was drawn to look at the assessment criteria used by the panel.
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.
I went to the kind of school where you could give up history early on to concentrate on your sewing. My conceptualisation of history is roughly ‘Vikings, the Bayeux Tapestry, Henry VIII and WW2’. The near complete absence of women in the world, not to mention the absence of most of the world according to the history I was taught left me distrustful of it at an early age.
Edinburgh Festival is actually a suite of festivals. I think probably what most people think of now as the Edinburgh Festival is actually a fringe festival, developed as an adjunct to the Edinburgh International Festival. We now have 12 festivals running in Edinburgh, with 6 of those running concurrently during August.
Due to having a man on the inside I managed to inveigle myself into a private view last night that was a significant notch up beverage wise to my usual fare. The Show is Jacqueline Donachie’s ‘Deep in the Heart of your Brain’ at Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA). The show is made up of sculpture, video and drawing and it runs until November.
The recent study day to the British Art Show during its Edinburgh leg seems now to me to have been all about information and the way it is shared. I met with a sterling group of engaged and interesting students. Meeting students and finding out more about why and how they study is vital for me a tutor as well as being a highly entertaining and enjoyable way to spend a day.
A surprising highlight of the British Art Show for me are the rolled steel tubes presented, on the floor of Inverleith House, by Nicolas Deshayes.
I am extremely lucky with this year’s British Art Show that two of my favourite artists have been selected to take part. One of those is the welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, currently represented by the Limoncello Gallery in London and shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 2017 prize.