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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 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!!!

Semester 2 Update: So many cool skaters, designers and creators have emerged through our program over the past decade... Picture you on our Year 11 crew! OSF is taking applications to start school Sem. 2 February...Drop in to a Wednesday 9AM Info Session in Dec. & Jan. to get an application until spaces fill up.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Invitation: OSF OPEN HOUSE & AWARD PRESENTATION on Monday, March 26, 1:30-3:30PM

OSF Students offer 8 weeks of after-school programming as Youth Artists in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario teaching skateboard design to youth

Congrats to the Heels on Wheels team for using the Change the World grant to mentor middle school girls on these boards on display at Harbourfront!

Board Designs by OSF Leadership Students Carly, Naomi & Faline and the girls at Cityview Alternative

A Board Portrait of Jay for the walls of CJ Skateboard Park

Sponsor: The Grind House (cafe)

Business Class at The Baitshop

Working hard on those bamboo boards...

Bear Hugs (brand)

I am 18 years old and have been attending Oasis Skateboard Factory for a little bit over a month now. Before Oasis, I attended a Catholic school, which didn’t compare in any way whatsoever. The work I did at there felt unrewarding, boring, and I ended up dropping out for a while. The work I do at Oasis makes me feel motivated, is actually fun, and actually contributes to many things (the community, myself, and the program itself).

My board graphic is an owl with a mountain range in its forehead, and long antlers that take up most of the board. In between the antlers is the quote, “do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you”, and then my brand name, “Bear Hugs”, at the top.  The quote itself is from Rumi, who is a poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic. Some of my inspirations are Shary Boyle, Edward Gory, John Kenn, and many other things – including my friends, my thoughts, movies, music, and even spontaneous bursts of discovering anonymous artwork. I want my graphic to inspire not only myself, but anyone who chooses to wonder about it. The quote is conveying the message that; scientifically, human beings are made up of the same chemicals and dusts that stars are made of, and so, we are stars. The entire universe is within us, and the universe is what I believe to be a greater power, as opposed to a God – which communicates not only a matter of presence, but existence, and existence within us.

The board’s seven layers are 100% Canadian maple, pressed via vacuum, then shaved and sanded by hand. I used about 12 stencils and layers of spray paint for this board, and then sealed it with a clear matte finish.

I’m really stoked that I spilled thoughts onto something more solid and bigger in scale than a piece of paper in my sketchbook. I feel like it could have been improved if I had taken more time, but then again, I like the simplicity and rawness of it. If milk is milk and eggs is eggs, my graphic is on the board, and the experience I had making it plays a huge part in the outcome.

Day 1 of shaping prototype of "Lost Toyz" toy as extension of a student's product line

Saturday, March 24, 2012

These guys are smilin' cause they scored Grind Skate Shop in Oceanside, California as a Client!

Design Templates Pitched to Bamboo SK8

Sustainability Intensive Graphic Design Challenge with Bamboo SK8 in California Starts!


This is my first semester at OSF. Although I’ve only been here a couple weeks, it feels like I’ve been here forever in the best possible way. I’m constantly learning new things, and being encouraged to take risks with my art, which is something I was never able to do before, and my skateboard graphic certainly reflects that. 

My art style is usually really pretty and feminine and I feel like this particular board is the complete opposite: it’s dark and a tad bit grungier. On the deck of my board, is the “Aperture Science” logo. “Aperture Science” is a science laboratory in the video game “Portal.” On the grip tape there’s the cult of rapture symbol, which again is another well known symbol from the video game, “Portal.”

My inspiration for this board is one of my very close friends. He’s a big “Portal” fan, and I wanted to make him something really wicked and personal. For the actual construction of the board I used maple. We glued the veneers together, vacuum pressed them, and waited overnight for the glue to set so we could begin to sand and shape the board. I also used a dark mahogany stain instead of painting the board. Of course I used paint for the design, but the stained background is just such a nice canvas for the logo. I wanted the board to be bold and clean and sophisticated. I know those words aren’t generally used to describe a skateboard, but I wanted something really classy.

I’m really happy how my first longboard turned out. I went into it completely terrified and coming out of it now, I’m really happy. It went great! I learned how to sand a board, how to stain a board, how to make stencils, how to make templates, and how to correctly use a can of spray paint, which has proven to be the toughest challenge.  All in all, for my first board, I’d say it was a success.

Young Entrepreneurs in the Arts talk with "The Public" designers

"Get on Board" February Attendance Award (Asylum, Oceanside California)

Sustainability Intensive workshop with Chocosol