To be a student is innately to find out more about a subject. To explore and investigate, to delve deeper and make connections between seemingly unrelated sources.
At OCA, our revamped mission is to introduce student-led activities to our operations and learning models. Integral to this is to give you, our students, a greater voice in decision making processes that affect you. This academic year we are introducing two new surveys that form an integral element of our academic monitoring processes; the Unit Evaluation Survey, and the Level Analysis Survey.
I’m not sure I’m ready for cold turkey, I have a 17 month old daughter that likes Peppa Pig and Baby Shark so often social media during the day is necessary for my sanity! Also I think the majority of my use is usually after 6pm.
I am happy to announce that two more music courses are currently being written. Both of the courses form level 5 options in preparation for a specialism for the body of work at level 6.
This virtual study visit has been designed by way of a resource pack to give students adequate resources to either attend the exhibition physically or complete research online to then partake in an online discussion. This is a pilot initiative so please do sign up and give it a go!
I hope this discussion inspires you to think more deeply about how you could write about particular landscapes (or waterscapes) and stimulates you to research a really interesting contemporary writer and her ideas about poetry and places.
Join OCA tutor Jayne Taylor on Sunday 21 October for a thought-provoking visit to the annual Koestler Trust exhibition at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
I think for me it’s really a good way of recognising how much time is spent doing social media and how that could be better spent. I’ve spent time with my daughter re-decorating her room and it was great. All of the small bits of time add up to quite a lot over the course of a week – I’ve been amazed.
In the end, it’s not just about flowers.
Students attending were taking OCA units in various disciplines across photography, drawing and creative writing at all levels. There was interest to share ideas and approaches across disciplines and it felt there was common ground in our various connections to nature, ecology, landscape, gardening, geology and the outdoors.
This is an important book for anyone who writes about art and its related disciplines. From Textile Foundations to Sustaining Your Practice as a textile student you are asked to comment on the work of others and your own creative output. This is a skill that does not necessarily come naturally, and many students struggle with it. It is therefore important to get some help. This book is different from the many “how to” writing books because it makes a strong case for knowing your subject and writing creatively about it.
The multi‐disciplinary aspect of the group was a great catalyst for different ways of thinking about a subject in this case the wildness of urban spaces, and was found very useful by many of the OCA participants.