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Alan Dedman talks about education and Art education.

David Cockney at the 6th ICMI

David Cockney at the 6th ICMI presents a critique of Tracey Emin’s role as ‘Professor of Drawing’ at the Royal Academy Schools and Grayson Perry’s ideal that the…

Life drawing with David Cockney

The acid test of artistic ability – life drawing sorts the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys and the boys from the girls. Life drawing…

St. Martins: fact and fable by Alan Dedman

I was in conversation with people at a garden party, one of whom is a clergyman. We were talking about education. I said I attended St. Martin’s School…

African & White by Alan Dedman

African & White: a song by China Crisis from the 80s. Apt title for this current blog. Growing up in rural East Anglia (as I did) we had…

Academy Fools: the Fortnum & Mason Fart

At the time when this event occurred, we had no idea of it’s Art-historical significance. With natural flair, Dedman put the F into Art and changed the character…

HRH Prince Charles – happy birthday

I’m not much of a Royalist, but I went to the Royal Academy Schools at a time when Sarah Armstrong-Jones began attending and I took pride in studying…

How to set up a still-life by Alan Dedman

At the Royal Academy Schools, under-graduate tutor Mike Upton was a strong advocate of still-life painting – because students can work from observation, inexpensively. Compared to working from…

Roderic Barrett – appreciation by Alan Dedman

My first encounter with Roderic Barrett was during interview at the Royal Academy Schools. We sat opposite one another in the Keeper’s office. Barrett was wearing a waist…

The Royal Academy Schools by Alan Dedman

Once upon a time, in the scullery at the Royal Academy Shools a young woman, sporting a head dress reminiscent of Hilda Ogden – said to me ‘…

Life-drawing at St. Martins School of Art by Alan Dedman

‘Drawing is the probity of Art’ so Ingres said. All people who study Art in any shape or form will eventually find themselves doing some life drawing or…