Why be bored in school? Go to a Skateboard School!

This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, INDIGENOUS SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...

OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF) "ON THE GRIND": TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!

*Drop-in Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom (Room 3, 707 Dundas St. W.) during the school year...APPLY NOW!!!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Reminder to students that the community centre is closed on Monday for Remembrance Day, so OSF Class is meeting at the big work table on the main floor of the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W.) to work on independent drawing/design projects for the school day (bring your sketchbook)

Another OSF INDIG SK8 project starting in our studio: OSF X @chiefladybird X @monique.aura 2019 products coming soon

Printing in the studio after school... new OSF Grrlz SK8 Crew Tees!

I guess it’s that time of year to just shovel and get down to work...



LONEWOLF SKATES




















I'm 18 years old and I am a street skater. This is my 3rd year at OSF and my brand is lone wolf skates and lonewolf skates exists to bring out your inner skate passion and this year my goal with lonewolf skates is to push the boundaries of skateboard building with a couple suprises through out the semester.
This board was pressed with the Roadrocket press kit and 7 veneers of hard rock Canadian maple. Then I scraped it down to the size and shape I wanted rounded it off. Then gave it a cool red and purple fade with some black and red splatters for the background and for the main graphic a wolf head in a moon silhouette in white then a glossy finish to make it shine

Spider Spit

























Hello, my brand is Spider Spit and it exits to seize the venom. I found out about the OSF program while participating in a board building workshop at the Art Gallery of Ontario and this Fall became a student. My brand is inspired by 80’s nostalgia, horror movies and retro arcade games like the original 8 bit Castlevania video game. I’ve always had a passion for this time period and wanted Spider Spit to be a reflection of my interest in 80’s nostalgia. I’m influenced by the work of horror brands and artists such as, @CavityColors, @RobZombie and @KillersNeverDie. 
I pressed 7 layers of Canadian maple to craft my board and used a variety of scrapping and sanding techniques followed by multiple hand drawn tape stencils. For this design, I chose to keep my word mark from my original logo but change up the spider to make it appear to be dripping venom down the wordmark. I tried to give it a high contrast VCR look by using black, slime green and an ultra violet purple Montana Black spray paint. 
Completing my first board took a lot of time and attention to detail. It was stressful to see others completing their projects before me, however the finished product made it all worth it. For my future boards, I plan to expand my exploration of the horror genre. OSF reinvigorated my passion for skating and has allowed me to try out riding multiple boards including, street decks, pintails and the replay. To see more of my work, check out @Spider_Spit on Instagram.

Thanks for a great day (& 🍕) @arcteryxtoronto ! First of two photo shoots in our studio for OSF... we were chosen as one of three organizations being featured in their Problem Solvers local initiative and event as well as one of three worldwide for display in all their flagship stores @arcteryx ! (Great work by @crymsoncrypt and crew for staging a skate graphic reveal on camera)

Our awesome teacher intern Eve helping @bratskateboards take her water-coloured work into digital for a coffee mug design for @tucanacoffee

A little teaser of an upcoming collab with our Kensington Market neighbours @longboard_living that you’ll want in your tool kit...

Gracious Grunge

























Hi, my brand is Gracious Grunge. My brand exists to bridge skate and hip-hop culture in Toronto. My skateboard graphics are representing hip hop culture by showcasing golden grills on a red background. The grills represent Grunge attitude with bravado and courage. I believe people should stand up for themselves and have pride in their creations. Red is my favorite colour and it stands out on the board. My inspiration comes from Nelly’s Custom grills. They designed my grills and I use them every day. Hip hop stars like Kaptain and Bizz Loc regularly use grills and this also inspired me with the board design. Extensive spray paint was used on the board and the design was stenciled. My idea is to create more merchandise like clothing and my own grill company. I used dark colours on the board, so they would stand out. A metallic texture was created through metallic spray paint. Hard lines were used to differentiate the letters, along with my own font. There is empty space to get viewers to focus on the words and logo. This is my first board, and I am communicating Grunge life to its fullest, with the golden grills. The board is also showcasing my brand for the first time. I learned that when working with gold paint, it can be difficult due to lack of lustre and quick fading. Overall, I am proud of my first board and see it as the beginning of my brand. I learned that Gold paint should be used at the end of board creation. Future boards would still use the same concept of the Grills, but have different backgrounds. @graciousgrunge6ix

Friday, October 25, 2019

Hey crew, here is your class due dates to take us to Midterm Report Cards

EXTINCT Worldwide

























Hi, I’m a returning student to OSF and I’m starting a new brand called EXTINCT… it still incorporates monkeys (my first brand was Monkey Boss). EXTINCT exists to be a blueprint of the future. My first graphic for my new brand is about how similar moneys are to us; it’s not out of this world to see a monkey dressed and acting like us. An inspiration for this graphic is the band Gorillaz. I like how they tell a story with their art which is a comic-book style done in a dystopian future. On my deck you see a monkey soldier holding a baseball bat with my brand name on it. The background looks like the Canadian flag colours, so that makes it feel like it’s aimed more at us here in Toronto. In my brand story, chimps are battling extinction and the chimp with the bat makes it so that it’s battling us for making them go extinct.

This board is a new shape from Roarockit called the Replay. The Replay is a classic surf-shaped board. The board feature rocker to give you a stable cruise around the city. The board is pretty small compared to a regular street deck, so it’s a good size to maneuver and turn in traffic. I’m really looking forward to trying this new shape.

The next time I use this shape I want to flip the board so it has camber to see how that rides. It should be fun to ride on a board like that featuring a similar style of graphic. Watch out for EXTINCT Worldwide! @extinctworldwide




Learning the art of the Pitch to our client and long time collaborator @tucanacoffee: Great job done by all our students today practicing their oral presentation skills!

Prepping for a pitch to @tucanacoffee : Coffee mug prototypes coming soon MFG with @peaceandcotton (designs by @extinctworldwide @monstraskateofficial @hystericesoteric )

We ♥️ our OSF G-ma Jan for bringing us mid-week treats: Care —> Creativity!