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 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops...APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year. Our upcoming OSF Application Deadline is May 30 for a September 2014 Start.)

Oasis Skateboard Factory is holding two Registration Sessions for creative youth wanting to participate in an on the spot design experience to earn a pre-registered place in this alternative school design program starting September 2014:
- Wednesday April 23, 4-6PM
- Wednesday May 7, 4-6PM
Please bring your credit counselling summary and any samples of work to help us get to know you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GENERATION GRIND: Skateboard Art & Auction Wednesday April 16, 7PM at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West)

Hope to see you at...
Skateboard Art & Auction
Wednesday April 16, 7PM at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West)

OSF/TDSB Students + Roarockit x 19 Local Artists = one awesome show!
Silent Auction Opening Bids = $100

Promote the Facebook Event:

In anticipation of the Generation Grind opening party & auction to support our students and help the OSF program continue to grow, we want to thank those who supported our school crew to get our show up and looking so professional today: our generous best friends at Roarockit, super-awesome staff at Gladstone Hotel, OCADU Big Ideas & Rapid Prototype Lab staff, Mark Titchner, tensegrity masterminds Ryan & Peter, dedicated interns & volunteers Adam, Anna, Paul, and the over 20 local talented Artists & Designers who have volunteered their time to mentor youth and collaborate with us on presenting some wicked cool boards for you to bid on at Wednesday's silent auction!

Pick up OSF History Class designed vintage Toronto felt Pennants $5 at the front desk display of the Gladstone Hotel

The final GENERATION GRIND laser-cut board project up at Gladstone Hotel to April 20th: OSF x Mark Titchner x OCADU

Generation Grind installation day at the Gladstone Hotel (Opening Party & Auction April 16, 7pm)

The Roarockit circle is up! (Installing GENERATION GRIND SK8Auction to support OSF April 16, 7pm)

Sneak peek of a RUNT collab, one of the awesome boards up for auction this Wednesday April 16 to support OSF (Gladstone Hotel 7pm presented by Roarockit)!

Some kid is gonna be stoked when they get this gift of OSF Student stenciled griptape delivered to the mom today!

Forests Ontario presentation provides another perspective into the politics of wood following our investigations into SK8 Sustainability

West End Alternative student filmmakers visited OSF to see an alternative school in action: ALT9 promo video now in production

Final coat goes on OSF x Mark Titchner x OCADU BIG IDEAS Grant Winning laser-cut boards...check them out on display at the Gladstone Hotel GENERATION GRIND Opening Party April 16, 7PM

A beautiful day for an OSF Churros Break in Kensington Market! (Thursday, April 10)

Cool to see OSF Design Services menus printed by our students in use at Gladstone Hotel tonight!

OSF/TDSB Winners of Big Ideas grant to promote equity & access...thanks OCADU for funding opportunities for youth!!!

New Niche market? Pet Portrait board sent to client...

TOMORROW SHOULD BE OURS memento-mori board self-portraits made in the Rapid Prototype Lab (OSF x Mark Titchner x OCADU) on display @ GENERATION GRIND

OSF Gr. 12 Art Students in the OCADU Rapid Prototype Lab

Applying the employability skills learned at OSF, this student got hired!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Schedule Change: Because of our upcoming show, our next Community Council Meeting will be postponed 2 weeks and is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 29th, 7-9PM at Roarockit Skateboard Company (880 Millwood)

Hope to see you at...
Skateboard Art & Auction
Wednesday April 16, 7PM at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West)

OSF/TDSB Students + Roarockit x 19 Local Artists = one awesome show!
Silent Auction Opening Bids = $100

Check out the Facebook Event:

OSF Day of Pink: We value diversity & inclusion in our classroom & design practice!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

An epic day of professional collaboration in the studio: OSF x Roarockit x 19 Artists x Gladstone Hotel boards getting sealed + OSF x Beto Janz (Brazil) boards get double layer surfaced + OSF x Mark Titchner (UK) x OCADU laser veneers get pressed.... Looking forward to all our spring art shows!!!

My first board...

I am a 20 year old student at Oasis Skateboard Factory. I'm also an inspired tattoo artist. The theme I chose for my skateboard graphic was a cartoon clown followed with words that I live by and flowers to represent the beauty of life. The reason why I used clowns: most people are afraid of clowns from a young age and I wanted to reverse that message into an art form.

My inspiration branched from L.A. style clowns and text that is mainly used in Mr.Cartoon's tattoos. Kat Von D is also an inspiration to me. In the near future I want to progress my style and expand it with unique and greyscale animation. Some of my personal interests are tattooing; over the years I will learn the key fundamentals to being an impactful tattoo artist.

The materials I used were 7 layers of veneer, wood glue, a Roarockit vacuum seal bag and different sandpapers. The techniques I used were stencils made from acetate and an x-acto blade. Each of the colors that are used on my board were a step by step process
that took planning and preparation. Elements and Principles of Design I used were the value in different shades of pink on the female clown; I wanted the lips and flower in her hair to be a more darker color to make it look realistic. Texture was used in the sanded background to make the wood look old and worn down.

Working on my first board was a challenge but gave me the fundamentals used to make your own personal board. I've also learned that preparation is key when making your own custom deck because if you rush yourself you later have to backtrack in steps that could jeopardize your paint, surface and your durability of your skateboard.

After OSF I want to start my own custom skateshop where boards can be made for all ages and subcultures.