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Monday, May 23, 2011

OSF & Longboard Living with Local Board-builders host "Frankenboard" build & race for the community in Kensington Market

Limited Edition T's available in a variety of sizes/cuts for $20

Students screenprint their Street Wear brands at the Baitshop

First Place!

Craig presented prize packs to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of this year's graphic design contest. Special thanks to Amanda & Gerard, Bamboo SK8 interns for all their work to make this year's project a success! The 1st place winning board pictured above will be hung in the Bamboo SK8 head office in Oceanside California.

Students uncrate an Egyptian Mummy on fieldtrip to William Jamieson Tribal Arts!

Monday, May 16, 2011


This is my first personal board I created for my company, Eye4Eyes. The inspiration for my board can be described as "Alice in Wonderland meets the real world". My board involves the nautical theme from my company inspired by the traditional style of sailor and pin-up girl tattoos. Since I want to become a tattoo artist after I finish school, the tattoo element plays a big part in my company and my designs. A lot of what I draw is inspired by what I see on the internet and in magazines.

The materials I used were spray paint and paint markers. When I was nearly done my board I added highlights to the figure’s skin. I created a highlight on the tentacle by using a white paint marker, smudging blotches using my finger. This technique gave it the final look of reflecting light on the figure’s skin, the tentacle and the bunny. The colors I used really made my board pop by adding the highlights. With the technique of smudging the paint marker with my finger, texture and dimension was added to my board. The tentacle creates movement on my board that guides the viewer’s eye from the top of my board through the rest of my graphic.

Personally I really liked this graphic and I’m really proud that I learned how to press and shave down my own board. I’m also really happy that I figured out that I can smudge paint marker to create a highlight as well as to add shading to my board.

Stickers: Student Brands on Boards

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beware the Frankenboards! : Friday, May 20 from 12 to 3 at Longboard Living

Ryan from Longboard Living visited the class to show an example of a skateboard made from unconventional, recycled materials to start the brainstorming process in preparation for an upcoming OSF event organized by Corinne our intern.

Talk on Post-Secondary Pathways by recent OCADU graduate & Tattoo Artist Winson Tsai

Winson visited our classroom this week, talked about studying Graphic Design, shared his graduate research project on the History of Tattoo Art, and consulted on the designs students are currently working on.

Testing out a custom mini "Back-pack Board" at CJ's Skatepark


My board relates to my brand Spore because my board is an image of a collection of mushrooms. This is the first personal board that I have made at Oasis. This is an extension of previous artwork that I have done in the past, which included the same image on a series of high school lockers. My inspiration for my brand Spore comes from the appreciation of beauty I find in non-traditionally beautiful things.

The materials I used included spray paint, and tape for the stencils. Paint marker was also used in the end to add in the white dots on top of the red mushrooms. The elements I used in this design were lines: there’s lots of bold lines on the board that make it stand out. I also used bold colour, and curved shapes. The white dots on the mushrooms added texture to the whole look of the board. The principle of movement was also used because there are a lot of curved lines in the middle of the board.

What I am trying to communicate is a design that is original and something you wouldn’t usually see on a board. Mushrooms with faces are something that I would consider examples of untraditional beauty and creativity. I am very happy with this board, and I’m proud that my first personal board turned out better than I thought it would. I thank Oasis for giving me this opportunity to complete a longboard with my own design which has been something I’ve been wanting for a while.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Students Pitch T-shirt Designs to a Panel of Design Experts

As part of our Retail Workshops offered in partnership with The Baitshop, each student prepared and practiced a "pitch" with Anne (one of our teaching interns) before presenting their own brand and proposed T-shirt designs to a panel of design experts. Joey from Freedom Fighter joined us today to give feedback from a street wear/skateboard industry perspective and also showed students how to use a "pop-up-shop" to promote their own products.