The basic aim is that your work looks coherent and that the assessors can effortlessly navigate it. It may take you a couple of assessment events to get this right but as you progress through the degree programme, repeatedly sending work for assessment you will develop and perfect ways of organising your work.
The Guerrilla Girls’ coolly ironic salvo not only challenged the art world powers-that-be, but also called on artists to start agitating for changes. Which brings us back to Michael Young’s original, distinctive, radical and optimistic conception of the OCA as a means of transforming people’s lives, of affecting real purposive change.
Being a student at an art college is as much about engaging with peers in the studio environment – discussing, challenging, supporting and inspiring each other. Online learning logs, forums and social media enable OCA students to connect with like-minded people, but you also have the benefit of thinking and making in a quiet, reflective studio space of your own making.
This is my first post as Principal here at the Open College of the Arts and I’m very pleased to be able to share some exciting news. Last week we launched a campaign to celebrate 30 years of creativity through distance learning with OCA. OCA became part of the University for the Creative Arts, the UK’s number one specialist university for the creative arts, in 2016 and the University of the Creative Arts is coincidentally celebrating it’s 150 anniversary this year.
The recent publication of a book by the White House photographer, Pete Souza,and the concurrence of two exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the Queen’s Gallery have made me wonder what President Obama’s resident court photographer might have taught the Stuarts.
Investigative and experimental sampling requires both an open-mind and a focussed approach to ensure the work created is coherent, exciting and new.
The first meeting of the London Group will be held on Saturday 14 April 2018, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 16.30pm This interactive day will be led by Fine Art Programme leader Caroline Wright.
The nine-month campaign, which coincides with UCA’s 150th anniversary, will give students and alumni the opportunity to feature in films, exhibit in the #weareoca30 online gallery, and download special release online courses on subjects from photography to fine art.
Anyone interested in pictures and representing the world ought to find something here of value. As an accessible primer on those issues it’s hard to beat. Read it, go and look at some of the work discussed in it, then re-read it.
Join OCA tutor Priscilla Jones on the 3 and 4 March in London. On Saturday we will visit Embellishment in Fashion at the Royal School of Needlework and on Sunday we will take in the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at the Olympia.
Sketchbooks are personal and can reveal much about how a student goes about the business of discovering and learning. I like to see books that are bursting with work as it is generally evidence of a submission full of speculation and discovery.
If you aren’t too busy and find yourself at a loose end in New York, the exhibition runs until the 25 January, and as an added bonus, for the same entry fee you can see the “Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Picasso, “Starry Night” by Vincent and a host of other modern masterpieces too numerous to mention, five floors above “Greenberg Contradictions 1”, Mickos is on the low floor, of course, to catch the passing trade.