Meet OCA Tutor Jim Unsworth

In this, the first in the series “Meet the Tutors”, we join Jim Unsworth (and his dog) in his studio in Lincolnshire, and watch him at work. Jim talks about his work, his practice and something about what it takes to be a creative artist.

Jim is a drawing, painting and sculpture tutor and a visual arts assessor for the OCA.

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23 comments for “Meet OCA Tutor Jim Unsworth

  1. 8 October 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I think this is a great film – very inspirational. I found the link on Facebook a few days ago and we’ve had an interesting discussion inspired by some of things Jim said in the film.

  2. Stephanie
    8 October 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I love this and think it’s beautifully paced, clearly presented, relaxing and inspiring. I think it would do very well in the ‘shorts’ slot on Channel 4.

    It’s also very nice to see a tutor. More please!

    • Alison
      9 October 2012 at 8:56 am

      More to come!

    • Jane
      9 October 2012 at 9:06 am

      There are more videos of tutors in the making….. watch this space!

  3. Lynx
    9 October 2012 at 10:15 am

    It’s great to see what our tutors are like – the type of work they do. Definitely looking forward to more of the same.

  4. Mags P
    9 October 2012 at 11:04 am

    As the others here have said, it’s great to get a glimpse into the tutor’s lives and to see the work they do themselves. Really enjoyed this film – Jim’s approach is highly motivating!

  5. Lucy
    9 October 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I really enjoyed watching this short film. It’s nice to be able to put a face to a name. I also liked Jim’s manner which was unpretentious and very approachable. He seems very down to earth. His sculptures are equally charming.

  6. Alison
    10 October 2012 at 1:53 pm

    You made an interesting comment in the video, Jim, to the effect that you are not a conceptual artist. But you have concepts… And you make art… Could you say a bit more about that?

    • Jim Unsworth
      11 October 2012 at 9:16 am

      This is a complex issue and for me the crux to making good art. Simly put when i work i let the sculpture have a voice of its own which i listen to and respond to; the concept or idea is on a back burner somewhere to use as a reference point. Simply the fact that the new work is on the horizontal and alive but more or less static at the same time raises many conceptual issues which I do not need to comment on here. If a sculpture is made and expressed well and it has intention the conceptual element of the piece will come through, but enhanced significantly by the making process. Sometimes I begin a series of work with an idea; in other instances the working process will kick start a conceptual theme. I do not adhere to any set rules on this.

  7. Noah Waby
    10 October 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I very much enjoyed this! And find this type of video a great insight into the OCA/tutors/artists generally. It would be awesome if students could feature in these types of videos as well.

  8. 10 October 2012 at 5:19 pm

    A lovely glimpse into Jim’s creative world. I loved his comment about the influence of his dog and looking at the horizontal instead of the vertical!

  9. Jane
    11 October 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Just picking up on Noah’s comment above that it would be good to see OCA students featured in videos too. This is something we are justing starting to do, all coming soon!

    • Noah Waby
      11 October 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Can’t wait!

  10. 11 October 2012 at 5:49 pm

    It is a wonderful and inspiring film. I look forward to seeing the other tutors at work!

  11. Jennifer Wallace
    11 October 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Great – lovely – and I look forward to all the rest of you introducing yourself this way. Not just the tutors.

  12. Geraldine Leahy
    11 October 2012 at 8:16 pm

    This is a wonderful short film.I love Jim’s elephants and his dog sketches looked great.Its very inspiring to hear an artist talk about his work. I’m looking forward to seeing some more tutors at work!

  13. Steve Cussons
    12 October 2012 at 8:16 am

    I found Jim’s comments on competetiveness interesting – I think that is something that often drives us on without our realising it. Possibly competitiveness with our peers, certainly competetiveness with ourselves. His comments on the necessity for hard graft also strike home.

  14. Dee
    12 October 2012 at 11:12 am

    Wow. What a super video to watch. Just love Jim’s attitude, his chat about ideas, discipline and his inspiration. What a great studio he has and to see his working practice is just uplifting.
    Yes, more please!

  15. Peggotty
    13 October 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Really liked this insight into the artist at work. Great idea. Looking forward to more.

  16. Phil Goddard
    14 October 2012 at 11:22 am

    I like the no nonsense comment about art being like anything else – hard work and then something special happens. The fact that he takes inspiration from around him whether it’s spurred by a competitive streak or the beauty of his dog is immaterial; it’s his response that’s important.

    I am doing a Creative Writing Degree and the further I travel the more I get comments from friends and family on how far I have come; Jim’s comments about hard work sum it up. This is very inspirational and I hope we’ll see more of Jim and other tutors.

  17. Olivia Irvine
    15 October 2012 at 11:02 am

    I used to love making sculptures. At school I did a lot of figures in clay and at college I was introduced to stone and wood carving. I also discovered painting, though, and went on to specialise in that. Seeing Jim work has made me realise how much I miss it. I see he tutors in Painting too, so obviously manages to do both. The only sculptures I do now are fun ones on the beach with my children made out of found objects. I would love to learn to cast in bronze. I need two lives!

  18. 19 October 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Good idea humanising the tutors with a video. I can imagine he is a wonderful tutor. Fantastic sculptures, especially the circus piece.

  19. 14 December 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jim at work. His comments about hard work reminds me of the saying “The harder I work the luckier I become”. Could change that to the better I become. Studying on your own is a lonely place so seeing the Tutors is a great help. Well done! I look forward to seeing more or the Tutors and would be nice to know the staff at OCA.

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