Student work uncovered: a painting by Rachel Ashby

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OCA tutor and assessor Emma Drye takes a close look at a single painting by level one student Rachel Ashby. Don’t miss what Emma has to say. She gets under the skin of the painting and why it works, and looks in detail at some of Rachel’s strategies to make it successful.


  1. Jereme 13 June 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The texture of the cheese cake is perfect.

  2. Deirdre 14 June 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Its quirky, meaningful engaging and beautifully realised. Well done Rachel and thanks for sharing it so well Emma.

  3. Rosie Simmonds 15 June 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Cheesecake is so realistic! Well done Rachel.

  4. Cynthia Studden 16 June 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Love the purple teeth. Was the cheesecake drawn because of the earlier cheesy remarks.?Would like to know how you thought of this idea. I have purple rimmed glasses.

  5. Pabi 16 June 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Rachel and Emma. A really interesting and beautifully executed painting which drew feelings of discomfort. The purple gives me a sense of something almost sinister. Either intentionally or not, this provoked an emotional response which goes beyond a ‘nice’ painting.
    Lovely work. Thank you for sharing .

  6. oliviairvine 16 June 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Ideas feeding into materials feeding back into ideas feeding into method feeding back into materials and more ideas. Round and round it goes. It’s what it’s all about.


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