Join OCA tutors Bryan Eccleshall (Painting/Drawing) and Priscilla Edwards (Textiles) for a day long workshop at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries on the 25 May 2019.
Last time we spoke about the ideas that lie behind the Drawing from the Past. This time I want to focus on what students will get from completing the course.
Artists and OCA tutors Cheryl Huntbach and Bryan Eccleshall have written a wonderful new course for foundation drawing students. Here we ask them a little about how they approached writing it and what the course has to offer students. The resulting conversation will be published across two blog posts.
Hello – I’m Emma Drye and I’m the new programme leader for both the drawing and the painting pathways. For everyone on those pathways, I wanted to write to you to introduce myself and some of my ideas.
I wanted to bring together a short summary of the most recent book in the Drawing series – Vitamin D2, focusing particularly on some of the artists featured whose drawing practices it might be interesting and useful for students to look at.
Anyone who has seen me attempt anything beyond a stickman knows that drawing and painting are not amongst my talents. Fortunately, our tutors know their stuff…
It’s something to take your time over, both in appreciating it, and developing your own art. Because, Fine Art is experimentation, how far can you push something, how far can you take it until it meets what you want it to do. It’s only through experimentation and trying new things and combinations that you’ll get there.
Looking at Penny’s submission there is a real sense of enthusiasm in her tackling of unfamiliar and combination materials in new and unusual ways.
This blogpost is an attempt to pass on some of what I’ve learned about drawing in a gallery. It’s not the only way to go about it, and it isn’t for everyone, but I hope that after reading it you feel that it might be something you want to try.
OCA tutor Lydia Halcrow has a solo show which opened on Wednesday 30 May and runs until Saturday 16 June in Arcade Gallery Cardiff.
I have this conversation with students time after time about how a practitioner can explore what they perceive to be drawing. It can be a really interesting or frustrating chat – I genuinely do love to hear what others see drawing as, and what they themselves do in response to that word. Some like to really explore and experiment, whereas others just want to perfect a certain technique, or maybe don’t feel they want to or can push those boundaries. For me, drawing is a translation, from one view to another.
At the recent assessment a large drawing caught the eye of the assessment team and I wanted to single out this piece as an example of what can happen when a student follows the logic of their research. I was lucky enough to be Gwenyth’s tutor for Drawing One and during a Google Hangout session for the third submission it was clear that one subject — a large rock near her home in Sweden — meant a lot to her.