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, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...


APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)

JUNE 29th UPDATE: OSF is now CLOSED FOR SUMMER and will reopen September 4th. We will be doing an Info Session for the remaining spaces on our student design team Wednesday Sept. 5th at 9AM in the OSF Classroom Room 3, 707 Dundas St. W.

* ALL New and Returning OSF Students must come claim their preregistered spot and be timetabled Thursday Sept. 6th 10:30AM to 1:00PM. Mandatory Orientation for ALL STUDENTS Friday Sept. 7th 10:30AM to 1:00PM, with full day classes and projects starting Monday September 10th.
If you need assistance during the summer you can reach our Office Administrator at 416-393-9830

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I recently joined Oasis Skateboard Factory and this is the first deck I’ve made. It says TPC. My inspiration was a friend’s graffiti crew; I made this deck for him to put on his wall. The materials I used were wood, wood stain, black spray-paint and satin varnish.

I used the taping technique to create my image by taping off all the parts I did not want paint to touch while I was stencilling. The principles of design I used were balance and contrast. I only used black paint and let the colour of the wood make up the lettering. I stained the maple wood with a dark mahogany water-based wood stain. I’m not really trying to communicate anything in particular, I just wanted to make a simple graphic with bold lettering and a little bit of added detail.

I really enjoyed building and designing my first deck and can’t wait to make my next one. I’m going to remember to make sure my graphic is lined up straight next time (even though it is hard to tell, it was a tad crooked and it kind of bugged me). I am hoping to do a hand-painted deck next time. I’d like to do something that feels a little more organic. I’d also like to use a little more colour.