A Palette of Possibilities: Oxford’s Inspiration for GCSE & A-Level Students with artist Dorothy Megaw
Dorothy Megaw artworks
In a recent interview with one of our Art tutors – an Oxford-based artist and educator, Dorothy Megaw, she shared insight into her recent artistic process, and how the city of Oxford serves as a profound wellspring of inspiration for her work and GCSE & A-Level students. Dorothy is a prolific artist documenting the social changes to Oxford’s shop fronts as well as capturing the essence of the city’s architectural and human landscape.
Dorothy’s artistry finds expression in various forms, from paintings of Oxford’s iconic colleges to intricate depictions of bustling market scenes. One fascinating aspect of Dorothy’s artistic journey is her use of perspex as a medium, infusing her creations with a unique depth and dimensionality. By layering paint, paper, and ink on perspex, she brings her observations to life in vivid detail. Dorothy’s paintings not only reflect the physical surroundings but also the human interactions that define Oxford’s vibrant atmosphere.
When asked about the inspiration she draws from Oxford, Dorothy’s response resonates deeply with anyone familiar with the city’s charms: “It’s the architecture… it’s full of architecture from all different centuries… every corner that you walk around you’re going to see something of interest.” Her words capture the essence of Oxford’s allure—a harmonious blend of historical grandeur and contemporary vibrancy.
The Sheldonian Oxford, by Dorothy Megaw
Dorothy emphasises the importance of looking beyond the surface, encouraging observers to “always remember to look up” in Oxford, famously known as “The City of Dreaming Spires,” the skyline itself becomes a canvas for imagination, invoking literary worlds like those found in “Philip Pullman’s novels or the magical allure of Harry Potter”. She explains that looking up in Oxford can “suddenly make your imagination take flight.”
Among the myriad of Oxford’s neighbourhoods, Cowley holds a special place in Dorothy’s heart, describing it as a “fabulous community brimming with creativity and diversity”, she highlights Cowley Road’s vibrant atmosphere as a source of endless inspiration. For Dorothy, Cowley encapsulates the spirit of Oxford—a place where different cultures, experiences, and artistic expressions converge.
Dorothy Megaw at Cherwell College Oxford’s Art Club
One of the pieces of art on display in the studio, by Eliie, member of the Art Club
In addition to her artistic endeavours, Dorothy Megaw is an exemplary art tutor and leader of the Cherwell College Oxford Art Club. Through her role, she inspires and nurtures young talents, helping students to express their artistic skills. Dorothy’s dedication to fostering creativity amongst her students is evident in the vibrant artworks produced by the Art Club members. Whether students see art as a form of expression or simply as a fun activity, her guidance offers invaluable support and encouragement, shaping the artistic landscape of Cherwell College Oxford and beyond.
For GCSE and A-Level students studying at Cherwell College Oxford, Oxford’s rich cultural heritage provides a stimulating academic environment. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and dynamic community, Oxford continues to inspire students to strive for excellence and embrace the boundless possibilities that await them.
Moreover, Oxford’s vibrant arts scene and diverse communities foster a spirit of creativity and innovation, inspiring students to explore new ideas and express themselves through their studies. Whether studying literature, history, science, or the arts, students who study in Oxford benefit from the rich tapestry of experiences that the city has to offer.
Dorothy Megaw’s artistic journey serves as a testament to the profound influence of Oxford on creative minds. From its timeless architecture to its vibrant communities, Oxford continues to inspire artists and students alike, inviting them to explore, create, and dream alongside the spires.