OCA tutor wins award

2nd Prize has been awarded to James Cowan for his watercolour ‘The Bakehouse, Vienna’ Although James regularly puts work into exhibitions, mostly in London, this was the first time he had sent work to the Royal Watercolour Society. “Just getting into an…

Things Can Only Get Better

The announcement of the UK General Election for May 6th brought to mind the song Things Can Only Get Better, written by Peter Cunnah. It was originally released by D:Ream in 1993 but achieved wide prominence when used as the…

The Series

As a charity one of the underpinning principles for the OCA is widening access to arts education to those who might otherwise be unable to benefit from it. In this slideshow Jane Horton talks about Kenneth Brown, OCA painting student…

Caught 'in the black'

It seems that Stepan Rudik went a few steps too far when he submitted this photograph as part of a portfolio for this year’s World Press Photo Award. He was disqualified after it was found that he had digitally manipulated…

Volcanic ash inspires artists

Following the recent Icelandic volcanic eruption and the cloud that has descended upon us, the New York Times ran a piece on 15 April, by Simon Winchester, reflecting on the 1883 volcanic explosion and its impact on the world. In…

A learning organisation

We value learning, it is what we are about and we value it for our students and for ourselves. Benjamin from Duckrabbit has been at the OCA today training us in the production of slideshows. We know students like to…