As part of the #weareoca30 campaign we are having creative conversations with some of our tutors. Watch and listen to OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall below speaking about his work and and answering questions from students.
Creative writing tutor and programme leader Barbara Henderson’s fifth novel will be released on 1 March. Barbara uses the writing name Bea Davenport for her children and adult fiction. The Misper, her latest novel, is aimed at readers aged thirteen-plus.
Bryan Eccleshall is delighted to announce that he will be having his first solo London show at the Green Rooms Hotel in March. On display will be around forty of the Digital Rain images that he has produced since autumn 2016.
Art students often label themselves according to the name of the course that they are studying; They become a ‘fine artist’, ‘photographer’ or ‘textile designer’. That’s okay but we are all adaptable creative thinkers and labels can be restrictive. I encourage students to look at other disciplines to inspire their own; to mix craft skill with wild ideas and to challenge processes by applying mindsets from other creative genres.
There are many challenges for students to overcome through distance learning; engaging with other likeminded students to create your own peer network has to be one of the trickiest. I believe that if students can find the time, the use of OCASA funded workshops has to be a tangible benefit to a student’s learning across all programmes.
OCA tutor Julia Biggs will be one of the speakers at the first Wellcome Trust funded Renaissance Skin interdisciplinary conference – The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe. Running from 30 November – 1 December at King’s College London.
OCA Drawing and Painting tutor Diana Ali is following up on her success of last years show The Big Painting Challenge and is currently filming the second instalment.
OCA Textile’s tutor Jenny Udale has just completed the 3rd edition of ” the fundamentals of fashion” book by Bloomsbury, that she co-authored . It has just been published.
OCA’s Carla Rees, Programme Leader for Music has had a busy summer…
My practice continually explores creating and manipulating pattern- both in a 2D and 3D context. I like to experiment with a whole variety of techniques and to push their limitations through material choice, scale and combining with other ways to manipulate a surface.
Through my practice I have used techniques and processes that are specific to certain areas of design and tried to apply them into other fields to open new possibilities, most times these “experiments” result into mistakes, and some other times into “happy mistakes” that helps you to progress on your work, I find this way of working very creative and satisfactory.
As some of you may know Jim Unsworth recently made the difficult decision to stop tutoring with the OCA in order to focus his time on his growing arts practice. I thought it might be a good idea to take it upon myself to write a blog post on Jim in order to celebrate his contribution to arts education and give you my perspective of his sculpture and drawings that span nearly 40 years.