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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Taylor Made Street Skate

My brand is Taylor Made Street Skate and it exists to support new
beginnings. I have a goal to open a school that's integrated with a
shelter. The school will be similar to OSF, while the shelter will
provide safety while you're reaching for your goals. All funding from
Taylor Made Street Skate will go towards the operations of this school
and shelter, and will also provide work opportunities for students and
homeless youth. The theme of this board is the handmade. I am very
interested in fine art techniques and hand-detailing. Some of the
elements of the board that represent the handmade include the sewing
needle in the “e” at the end of “Taylor Made”, as well as a the dark
stained wood wood, which resembles handmade furniture or floorboards.

This board was started from scratch, with 7 pieces of wood veneer
glued together and hand-woodworked into a pintail shape. I glued an
extra veneer on top of the board to give the illusion of a street deck
inside of my longboard. I started by spraypainting the board with
metallic gold paint, and then used wood stain to stain the street deck
veneer brown, in order to contrast with the shiny gold finish. To
create the logo, I cut out tape into a stencil and spraypainted my
logo in gold to tie the pintail into the street deck. When I created
my design, I wanted to emphasize symmetry and balance in the placement
of the logo – these traits are not only important for the design of
this board, but are also key values for my brand.

One thing that I would do differently if I made the board again would
be to carefully sand the board before it gets spraypainted. I would
also apply the woodstain before the spraypaint, so any imperfections
could be covered by the spraypaint. Lastly, I would take more time to
think about my design so I wouldn't be rushed. For my next board, my
goal is to create a woodburned design that incorporates mandalas.

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