This week it’s Mental Health Awareness week, and the focus for 2018 is on stress.
This hangout is open to all students at all levels who wish to actively engage with their peers in the discussion of various topics/ questions and a place to seek feedback on work in progress whether in its infancy or almost complete. The experience adds an additional layer of learning, feedback and reflective practice, a valuable opportunity to gain insight into other students thoughts, ideas and working practice.
“But the idea of how or why women feel invisible interests me. Is it driven by consumerism that glorifies youth and perfection? Is it that, with age, we are less sexually attractive? Or is it that one really does become invisible with age? I wanted to try to represent this invisibility.”
Knowing that distance learning can be difficult we recently reached out to you, our students, to ask the people who know best what it’s like to study with OCA and what you have found has helped you to study effectively. So many of you came back to us with great hints and tips that we’ll run a mini-series to cover all the suggestions, plus a few of our own from the staff here at OCA HQ.
What makes this particular student’s yarns so exciting is that she has clearly been inspired and demonstrates so well that she has been stimulated by her source material. Whether this is her secondary research in the form of a medieval artwork or her primary research in the colour studies of glass vessels, there are clear links and reference points between her work and its creative source.
OCA students Jeremy Scott and Sarah Youseman are holding their graduation show in June. Students of all levels are invited to the gallery to look at the show and meet the artists on Saturday 9 June who will answer questions on what it means to work at Level 3 and curate a joint exhibition.
The learning log is possibly the most essential part of the student experience, however at times it can be the least understood aspect as students embark on a course.
I clearly remember my fears and anxieties when I had to face the first assignment of Identity and Place: photographing strangers. A totally new situation for me – and for some fellow students facing such assignment – and that required some ingenious strategy to carry out the mission successfully.
In this blog post I will be drawing to your attention and discussing the work of Textiles 3: Advanced student Jill Hodgkins. Jill has recently completed this unit and as part of the course she exhibited her work in a local gallery.
As part of her Exploring Drawing Media course OCA student Susan Askew is asking for your help in fulfilling her project idea for the exercise to draw a line in a space so that it impacts on the space.
Christian Lloyd & Emma Powell look at the visual communications work of Tracy McDermott, Lina Homer & Joanna Beaumont.
Barbara Henderson, programme leader, tutor and assessor for Creative Writing, looks at the flash fiction work of Eve Turner on her level 3 (HE6)…