Study Days and Courses

S W Study Meet ups

Painting student meet up in Maiden Newton on 29th January 2020.

Another great opportunity for me to pick the brains of these 2 students with regard to painting techniques, work critique and OCA questions in general. Whilst these two students are both painters, their work is as different to each other as its possible to be which is an added bonus! Student J is a talented traditional painter using mainly oils and water colour on a huge range of surfaces (paper, board, transparent sheets, fabric, wood…) and from tiny to large hangings. Very interesting to see her vast range of work for her final modules and discussed ways to display and mount. Student S is very contemporary, working a lot with moving image (eg videos of abstract painted shapes suspended on a mobile. edited, manipulated, put to sound…). So interesting to see ways that painting doesn’t have to be in the traditional style on paper/canvas.

Mount work for assessment on WHITE mount board – assessors prefer that to black. When it comes to my next assessment, take all work along and they will help me choose pieces that work together on a theme and help with presentation – it’s hard to know exactly what OCA want! At this stage, I’m thinking that my connecting theme could a ‘colour’.

Discussed my Fauve Portraits for part 3 and also View from window for Part 4. Suggestions of more artists to look at:

  • Howard Hodgkins – fauve/mark making
  • Peter Blake – British POP artist
  • David Hockney – later portraits to look at colour
  • Ben Nicholson – view fm windows
  • Sladers Yard in West Bay hold good exhibitions worth visiting

Student J summer exhibition:

11th and 12th July at Old School Upwey, also all of August at King Combe Centre, DT2 0EQ

SW Study Group meeting in Bristol, 8th February 2020

With OCA Visual Communications tutor Stephen Monger. Morning workshop focused upon producing a poster to fit a brief

Split into 2 groups: Conformist and Non-Conformist. Posters produced by the Conformist group are in the top line above and the Non-Conformist are the lower line. Strangely the most non-conformist are in the top line with additional writing, images cut up, extras added etc. Very interesting to see how every student tackled this differently with some things working and others definitely not.

Fonts to use – use San Serif fonts for posters (ie without the flicks) and choose one that has lots of versions as they are more likely to be professionally created. Never use 12 pts as it looks like you can’t be bothered to edit to the most appropriate!

Useful Apps:

  • ‘In Design’ very professional, lots of options, easy editing and rotating etc
  • ‘Canav’ – free app with templates, more for the infrequent maker.

Peer Critique in afternoon, a few that particularly interested me:

Ann: Tunnel Book – gradually reducing circles cut into identical photos and then put together with spacers between so that it looks like a tunnel. Looking through time. As it’s a book, the edges are made with concertina folds, a cover will be added together with title, blurb etc. Could be done as a sculpture instead eg using spacers to separate the photos, and no cover. Another fabulous idea for ways of displaying work. Similar to the layer paintings of Anthony Green and could certainly be adapted to painting. Also see blog by artist Shona Grant for details on construction methods.

Paddy : ‘Book as a selfie’. Instead of photos of herself, she chose to make a book for her photos that spoke to her in a variety of way. On alternate pages were quote (not her own) which were sometime relevant to the opposite photo, sometimes not. All B&W to show a feeling of being alone.

Comments were very positive of the photos which grabbed your interest. With regard to book construction: it seems rather a dated style with text pages, following each photo displayed with white border. Tutor suggested perhaps a more modern style – no white borders, no page numbers (why are they necessary?), place all quotes together so as not to distract from photos…

Liz: Layered landscape (photography). Landscape photos printed and folded geometrically, rephotographed and printed, placed into landscape and repeated again and again. Folds are tight and crisp = controlled, but the overall effect is un-controlled.

Video of the print in the landscape, some being manipulated by hands or moved showing body too – should she use sound, clips longer/shorter, on loop… separate between clips with/without body as they have a different feel. Could sound over complicate it? the tricky part has been the folding so now keep it clean and simple.


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