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!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

As we say good-bye to our seventh student design team, we celebrate their success: These kids achieved a 100% course pass rate this semester!

Hey, if you missed our pop-up shop you can still pick up an OSF SHOP DECK $60 on the board rack at The Baitshop!

Oasis Skateboard Factory pops up at the Baitshop (blogTO article & photos)

Tucked down a dumpster-blocked laneway off of Dufferin, Friday's launch of the Oasis Skateboard Factory Pop-Up was a-buzz with participating student entrepreneurs, supportive friends and family,Toronto Design Offsite attendees, and maybe one or two lured in with the promise of free Glory Hole Doughnuts.
Like a more advanced and practical co-op, the Oasis Skateboard Factory — in partnership with the Baitshop, a screen-printing and skate shop mecca — helps street-savvy students hone their design chops and develop real world business skills, while earning high school credit at the same time. With help from local artists and community partners, the young designers create their own company brands and hawk their creative products for sale, including streetwear designs, skateboards and longboards, and upcycled items made from old boards, like jewellery, speaker casings, and kitchen utensils.

Monday, January 28, 2013

From Lauren & Craig, Teachers:

HUGE THANKS to our community partners & local supporting businesses for helping OSF youth experience success!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Get on Board: Join the Coolest School!

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR SEM 2: Info Session to apply to OSF school Wednesday Jan. 30 at 2PM in classroom.

Imagine graduating high school and dropping into a mini ramp to get your diploma?



Nice recap of Friday's OSF Event from Ryan of LBL:

Thanks to all our Community Partners, Parents, Friends & Supporters for making the OSF Pop-Up Shop and Graduation a Success!


I skate.  This is my first semester at OSF.  I like woodworking and skateboarding, and the whole skateboarding community and culture. 
My inspiration for the Sustain board (top) was the amount of wasted skateboards that are thrown away every year. It’s a lot of wood used, and once a board snaps it's not used any more.  The theme is upcycling, turning a useless product into something that can be used.  My version of the recycling logo represents my brand.  It represents something bigger that I am planning to do:  turn broken boards into household objects, such as benches, coasters, cutting boards, etc.
The board is 7-ply Canadian maple.  I used five colours of spray paint, stencils and gloss.  The technique I used to create this board was to use a fade and then repeat the stencil in a reverse fade toward the name of my brand name Sustain.  The design uses colour, repletion and pattern.  The board turned out how I wanted it to.  The black section of the board represents wastefulness, and the nice wood grain represents upcycling and reusing.  It really represents who I am and what my brand represents.

A double-sided longboard from Passion Panda

I love tattooing and skateboarding.  My brand name is Passion Panda.  It’s a brand that is about being unique and creating your own style...being passionate in your own distinct style.  The panda reflects both sides of the skating world:  there is a rougher more aggressive side, and then a softer side to skating, just like a panda.  Pandas are a perfect way to reflect those two things, to balance them together.
This board’s theme is a new school tattoo.  Tatooing is my favourite style of art, it captivates and inspires me as an artist to aim for a cleaner style.  Tatoos are permeante on skin so you can’t mess up, and they inspire me to not mess up because you never know who is going to see it.  
I have a way of using colour to represent emotions.  I used specific colours on this board to represent specific emotions and feelings to represent myself, to give the person looking at it a better idea of what I was thinking when I made the board.  I used 7-ply Canadian maple.  I applied a stain first, then stencilled the design on top.  Spray paint was used as a base, and then paint markers were used to give it more of a fade look.  
This board is a symbol of inspiration to inspire people to do what they want to do. 

January is a good month to go down to Cardinal Skateshop and pick up some OSF Griptape $10 to cheer up your board!

In Process: Upcycling products made from broken boards to be featured in Toronto Design Offsite Festival

 Above: Hat Rack, Below: Fingerboard Half-pipe

Best Food Close to the Classroom: Chinese Buns!

Students pitch their personal brand T-shirt designs to a panel of experts to be printed and sold at The Baitshop...

Returning student and professional designer lead students through a "Pitch Practice": learning to present creative ideas to clients

More design work in the community by OSF Student...

Client: O's Clothes (Hamilton)

Memorial Board presented to Q's sister at Scadding Court Community Centre

R.I.P. Qoheleth Chong 1989-2012

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Ride the THRONESWING this Friday 7-9!!!: OSF POPUP SHOP at The Baitshop (Toronto Design Offsite Festival)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

We love Gourmet Doughnuts!

Don't miss Glory Hole Doughnuts catering the OSF PopUpShop Opening presented by The Baitshop this Friday, January 25, 7-9PM