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...


*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!!! -----PLEASE NOTE, due to the COVID-19 School Site Closure, students interested in applying to start school in September should email craig.morrison@tdsb.on.ca for an Application Package.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

OSF X The Baitshop Wheatpaste Wall: Students develop their personal brands further and refine their logos in a collaboration with local Street Artists

Iris & Bluebirds

I am a new student to OSF so this is my first skateboard. I have been to many different schools but this is so far the best. Who wouldn’t want to combine school with street art and building skateboards?

The theme behind my board is my family. The bluebirds represent me, and my mom and her boyfriend because we stick together even when we’re far apart like bluebirds. The purple iris represent the flowers that my mother has loved all my life. My inspiration for this board came from my mother.

When making my board, I used sanding belts and different levels of sandpaper in order to shape it. When it came to pictures and colours, I used handmade stencils along with spray paint, as well as hand painting some of the finer details. I think my board has a good outward presentation due to the rhythm and flow with the placement of the birds; repetition was also used on the flowers to make good use of the space around the board. I think the message I’m trying to communicate is one that only me or my mom would understand due to the fact that the board was made to represent my family.

After completing my first skateboard and looking it over I noticed things I like and things I could’ve changed. When it came to the stencils and lines I found that I could’ve took more of an artistic approach instead of just quickly drawing and cutting out pictures. A technique I used on my board that I liked was the staining that made the wood look different. I feel that it gives more of a handmade feel.

All in all I had a great time making this board. I’m happy with how it turned out and the time that was spent making it was all worth it (I’m sure my mother will feel the same way).


I’m the student rep at the Oasis Skateboard Factory and this is my first term in the program. For my first board I built a pintail longboard with a slight nose and kick. It has a black and white two layer Jimi Hendrix stencil on it and psychedelic spray painting in the back round. My inspiration for this board was Jimi himself. The theme of this board: music is powerful!

The board is made of 100% Canadian Maple. My graphic has contrast (white and black stencil) and variety because I used a few different music notes in it.

I am trying to communicate that music is important and that artists should not be forgotten after they’re gone. When working on this board I learned how to properly make multi-level stencils and I learned not to shave too far when trying to even the sides of the board.

I’m looking forward to starting my next board!

Student personal brand logo stickers together on OSF decks

Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovation at the Toronto District School Board: Chris Spense, Director of Education, tweets about the OSF!

Programs like the Oasis Skateboard Factory, Late start@Eastern Commerce and the Triangle Prg r just a few examples of innovation@theTDSB.
5:21 AM Nov 18th via ÜberTwitter

@the Urban Leaders Summit in NYC and will be speaking about innovation@the TDSB.
5:16 AM Nov 18th via ÜberTwitter


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Marketing Class @ The Baitshop

Students learned about traditional forms of advertising and newer forms of Guerilla Marketing from Greg & Ken, illustrated by examples from Banksy and other street artists.

Rec. Centre is Closed Nov. 11: OSF Class exploring Applied Arts Magazine Exhibit & Creative Schools Expo

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TRIP Project: Drug Harm Reduction Workshop

One of our student leaders initiated and booked this youth-led community outreach project to come to our class today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Young Entrepreneurs in the Arts Guest Speaker: Lizzie, Artist & Owner of Speakeasy Tattoo

Today, Lizzie visited the class to talk about running her own small business, as well as the health regulations and finances of opening a tattoo shop. Students saw many examples of her artwork and got advice on how to start to develop their own creative portfolios to get future employment.

New SJCB Board is the Button-Branding Prize!

Thanks to Sam of Sam James Coffee Bar for making specialty coffee for all the students who participated in our business branding project and donating a new SJCB board to the Staff & Customer Choice Award winner!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fat Cap

I am twenty years old and I go to the Oasis Skateboard Factory. Here I have learned how to build my own skateboard and start my own skateboard line. I picked Fat Cap Skateboards for my brand name because my line is based on street art and I just like the way fat caps spray messy (just like me ha ha!).

One of the things I liked about my skateboard was the colours. I wanted to make the drips look slimy and dirty so I used a gross looking green and splattered yellow paint over top to make a grimy effect. The effect I got looked nice but messy which works with the graffiti theme of my brand.

I am really happy the way my skateboard turned out. I am excited about starting my next board. For those of you that are interested in seeing more of my skateboard line, check back to the site!

Introducing...Fat Cap Skateboards!

Some Fresh-Pressed Custom Boards (in progress)

Thanks to Ted Hunter for his mentorship!