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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.)
*The Final Due Date for any completed Application Packages to start school in September 2015/16 School year is WEDNESDAY, May 27 at 3:30PM. Completed Application Packages received by this time will be considered for an interview/design experience required to apply for a spot on the OSF Student Design Team!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
This April, the Gladstone hotel will host a retro mini-skateboard exhibit and silent auction of rolling artworks by high school students and local artists.
For the show titled Youth Are Revolting, students collaborated with high profile artists to develop a series of boards based on the theme of teen stereotypes and rebellion.
Come meet the student artists at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West) on Thurs. April 2 from 7-10PM and bid on one-of-a-kind art skateboards.
Professional Artists & Designers Include:
Ilana Van Zyl
Barbie’s Basement Jewelry
Syrus Marcus Ware
Hi this is my first semester at OSF. My brand is Demewnic which a play on the word Demonic with a feline twist. My brand exists to take all things cute and turn them into you worst nightmares. My graphic on my first board is an image of a human wearing a severed cathead mask leaning against a tree in a moody environment.
I used lots of red and black to communicate the dark elements of my brand. I made the graphic with spraypaint and paint marker. I made the actual board out of Canadian maple. This was the first thing I made out of wood and I’m really stoked to ride it!
I learned to make sure every surface you do not want to spray is covered with paper so that you don’t get overspray, which is difficult to fix. On my next board I will be more careful spraypainting and manage my time better so I’m not rushed. Overall, I have learned more in a month at OSF than my whole previous high school experience, from designing and creating my own brand and the related teamwork and communication skills. I can’t wait to freak people out with my next branded creation!
My brand is based off my YouTube team. We make creative skateboarding edits and gaming. My brand exists to show that skateboarding can be more than just a rebellious crime; skateboarding is creative. I feel like the word “age” references the past and how time moves forward; skateboarding grew out of surfing but changed through time to be more of a whole culture with technical elements and opportunities for a career. At my “age” I see younger kids getting super good at younger and younger ages, so as time goes the standards improve. In the future I think people will see skateboarding more than as a sport but as a whole creative lifestyle and form of art. Skateboard is my favorite form of creative expression.
This is my first skateboard I made myself. I made it out of Canadian maple which stronger because Canada is cold! I made my graphic by transferring my drawing with carbon paper onto tape and cut out stencils. I used spraypaint and faded the flames with orange to give my graphic texture rather than just a flat image. My logo is an “A” chopped up to make it look more futuristic; this is appropriate for my brand because my brand is based around how skateboarding traveling through time.
Next time I will improve in my ability to incorporate more details into my graphics. Since I’m more of a computer person, I challenged myself to get back into drawing. OSF is improving my art skills and workflow; I’ve always been a slacker but now I want to keep my head in the game because it will help me in my future goal of running my own company.
My brand is LGFU Skateboards. We exist to bring skateboarding back to its home roots: Punk Rock, pool skating, and destruction.
Ever since I got into skateboarding I’ve been influenced by the Zboys and all the Thrasher guys; I’d rather ride a bowl or a pool instead of a ledge or stair set. My graphic is a dude’s fists tattooed and a bottle and tattoo gun. If you are living that lifestyle and make some bad decisions (chances are you are going to), at least you can tell your own story. This graphic is appropriate for my brand theme of destruction and havoc.
I started making this board with 7 street veneers, which I glued and pressed with a vacuum bag. I woodworked the board to get it to its final shape. I painted the whole board a solid red and then I made stencils. I finished the board graphic and outlines with paint marker.
In terms of woodworking I think the board turned out fairly well considering it’s my first project at OSF. In terms of the graphic I pulled off the fists but I didn’t get the other components on the sides; next time I would practice more with the paint markers. Hopefully I will get better doing stencils as well. Overall, I am satisfied with the work I’ve done, but there is a lot of room for improvement and now I know the techniques to pull it off. This was quite a learning experience and I learned how to manufacture something from nothing which is something I haven’t done in school before.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Looking forward to our upcoming art show at the Gladstone Hotel April 2, 7pm when we will be auctioning off boards like this collab we did with ROCK. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Hi my name is Mikel and brand is an organic, handmade skateboard company called HomeSpun SkateBoarding. My brand exists to spread the beauty of handmade objects. This my first board at OSF in my first semester here. The image on my board is a tree god; King Derwent is a character I made up for my brand.
My board is Canadian Maple pressed using Roarockit technology. I enlarged my sketch and traced it onto the board and then woodburned the design on; woodburning is the style of graphic application I will be using for my brand because it’s natural and doesn’t use chemicals. I highlighted parts with green watercolour to draw the viewer’s attention and to have rhythm from the top of the board down to the bottom. Instead of sealing the board with toxic spray, I waxed the board with organic bees wax…I am the first student to do this at OSF!
On my next board I will be better at doing curves with the woodburner (this was difficult on my first try!). I will also be able to get more detail in the image as my woodburning skills develop. I am very proud of this successful project and OSF has helped me get back on track with school. I haven’t missed a day yet and I can’t wait to get onto the next project!
Hi my name is Ryan and my brand is AHK which stands for "All Hour Killaz". My brands exists to "Crush, Create & Collaborate" with local artists from the graffiti world. My first board is a mini for cruising through Toronto's streets. The graphic shows a guy in a ski mask holding a spraypaint can behind his back as if he's hiding it. I designed the character as an expression of my art style which is inspired by old Looney Toons cartoons.
To make this board I pressed 7 layers of Canadian maple in a Roarockit vacuum bag. I shaped it with scrapers and sandpaper. I applied the graphic using stencils and spraypaint. I used paint marker for the outline. I spraypainted the bottom of the board blue with drips to balance the placement of the graphic.
I'm happy with how this board turned out as my first board. I learned not to press as hard when cutting out the stencil because it leaves deep cuts on the board. I'm looking forward to coming up with more designs for AHK future projects. I came to OSF this semester from a regular highschool and this projects was my first successful school project this year! I'm excited to continue making artwork at OSF.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
My name is Kevin and I recently turned 17! I’m a new student at the Oasis Skateboard Factory. For my first personal board, I decided to make a mini board; The Umbilical Board. The Umbilical Board is a baby who is being held up by his umbilical cord. The inspiration comes from horror movies and cute things I see on Tumblr. The materials I used are tape, x-acto knife, paper, spray paint, and a maple wood mini board. The technique that was used to make the board was stenciling. We would tape up the board then trace the outline of the graphic onto the tape. Then we’d proceed with cutting out the outline then spray painting it. We would do it layer by layers and eventually the graphic would be done! The elements and principle of design that I used are the value in purple, the round shapes, and the repetition of shapes and colours throughout the board. The purple on the board fades out as it approaches the head and I mostly used round shapes for the graphic. For my first board I think I did okay, it’s full of flaws but I learned to move on from them. I learned how to spray paint and how to use stencils to make a skateboard design! There was a lot of work, took a lot of time, and I wasted a lot of tears but it was worth it.