Turps Art School 2016-2017

Departing from my usual commentary on arts subjects, I would like to let folks know that I have been accepted into the 2016-17 Turps Art School Correspondence Course.  This will be a challenging opportunity and I look forward to working with my mentor/tutor. At this time, I don’t know who… Read More »Turps Art School 2016-2017

The Vampire Art Schools

“The Vampire Art Schools” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 75, 2010. Reproduced with permission. Someone said once (probably Adam Smith) that teachers should be paid after the lecture. Based on the recent National Student Survey, “academic artists” employed at some arts schools would be hard pressed to pay… Read More »The Vampire Art Schools

On Learning to Steal

“On Learning to Steal” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 77, 2011. Reproduced with permission. I was watching some students in a gallery the other day, planted in front of a variety of different paintings, with sketch books. They appeared to be copying the paintings. What exactly is the… Read More »On Learning to Steal

Artistic Plagiarism: a commentary

I wrote an opinion piece in the Art of England (issue 77,  January 2011) on the issue of artistic plagiarism called “On Learning to Steal”. I start by musing on the usefulness of students learning art by copying works in art galleries. You know the story, littered around the floor… Read More »Artistic Plagiarism: a commentary