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  • Artist resident Géraldine Petit­-Gras
    20_Adrift3_4_5_GPG   The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is pleased to announce the first artist resident Géraldine Petit­-Gras for the Fall/Winter term. Géraldine Petit-Gras, who is a ceramic artist, graduated from the OSA Diploma Program in 2009. She was born in Aix-­en­-Provence (France) and has been living in Ottawa since 2002. The delicate and serene quality of her ceramic pieces evokes both the beauty and fragility of nature. Using the sea, the birthplace of living organisms, as the source of her imagery, she draws attention to sustainable development as the only way to ensure the survival of our species. Since 2009 Géraldine has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as teaching art at various institutions. The OSA residency program will provide Géraldine (and other artists) with the opportunity to devote uninterrupted time to their artwork in the supportive and stimulating environment at OSA. The residency program is located at the ByWard Market campus where artists will have access to specialized studios for ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. Resident artists will have access to these studios during the school’s regular hours of operation.     01_MMDU_BearingWitness_med_GPG “Below the surface of the oceans, a silent world bears witness to the accelerating rise of our species and its excesses.  Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth.  Healthy corals grow all their life and over generations.  However water pollution, overfishing and climate change have drastically modified their habitat in a short period of time.  Discoloration and arrested development are all warning signs that if ignored will lead to the death of over 50% of the world's coral reefs by 2030.”  – Géraldine Petit-Gras   The residency program offers access to the ceramics, printmaking and sculpture studios. During this first year OSA will accept a maximum of 2 artists per specialized studio at any time from September 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.   For more details about the OSA Residency Program please visit: www.artottawa.ca/residency Application 2014 OSA Residency Application Form   Application Deadline: The application deadline is an open or rolling deadline. Applicants should get their applications in for review no less that one month before the proposed start date of their residency. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and a first-come-first served priority for approved residencies.
  • FINE ARTS DIPLOMA and PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
      THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2014/2015​​ FINE ARTS DIPLOMA and PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS Registration deadline: Friday, AUGUST 29, 2014 The Ottawa School of Art follows a tradition of alternative art schools by providing the community with the opportunity for visual expression and creative development. In addition to the vibrant arts community within the school, students have the advantage of the School​'​s ​​excellent location in the heart of the ByWard Market. The Ottawa School of Art has been celebrating visual arts training since 1879. ----------------------------------------------------------- FINE ARTS DIPLOMA three-year, 90 credit program Students receive the benefits of an intensive pre-professional fine arts training program allowing them to complete most or all of their studies close to home. In addition, the Ottawa School of Art receives students from across Canada and from around the world creating an interesting and diverse learning environment. ----------------------------------------------------------- PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE one-year, 30 credit program Structured for students who need to develop and expand their present body of work in preparation for applications to university, college or art school, this intensive course of study allows for a high degree of interaction with​ ​working professional artists in a studio setting. ----------------------------------------------------------- OSA admission is on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. The OSA's Fine Arts Diploma Program is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities as a Private Career College. To learn more about full-time studies at the Ottawa School of Art and requirements for admission, please visit our website at: www.artottawa.ca <http://www.artottawa.ca/> Click on your full-time program of choice, select the 'Admissions' section and access a downloadable application form. ​ ​ Start the application process by filling out the application form and bringing the items listed on the front of the form to the interview.​ Make your appointment by calling 613.241.7471.​ For further information, please email the Diploma Coordinator at: diploma@artottawa.ca
  • Off-site exhibitions

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    This exhibition features an array of paintings in oil and acrylic, by six local artist: David Houlton, Beata Jakubek, Patricia Wilmot Savoie, Roy Brash, Lynne Morin, and Linda Bordage.   Their work can be viewed from July 22 to September 30, 2014.

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    John Page is showcasing four of his larger landscape themed Oil on Canvas works from July 22 to September 30, 2014.  

      Artist Biography John Page I was born and raised in the west-end of Toronto. We were a family of three children, my two sisters, and myself. When my sisters reached high school, they had already established themselves in the family as accomplished artists and enrolled in Commercial Art programs at school. I did not really try to discover whether I had any talent as an artist until I was 17. I was not happy with going to a technical school at the time and began to draw to see whether or not I could do it. My sisters thought that I did have some capabilities and encouraged me to switch to Commercial Art. Studying Art for me, especially Art History was great. I loved the history and the technicality of classical painting. After four years of Commercial Art, however, I decided that producing commercial style painting on a daily basis was not for me. It was at this point that I had an opportunity to get into drafting which I did for several years. When I saw that computer technology was threatening the drawing table I began to study computer technology and ultimately became a programmer. During these years I kept my interest for art alive by painting periodically and giving the paintings away to family and friends. My younger sister however was seriously pursuing a career in Art, displaying her work at local galleries, and when we would talk about it she would ultimately encourage me to paint. After ignoring my sister’s words of encouragement for years, I finally decided to give it a try. However, my initial experiments were a disaster because while I could draw, I had no experience painting with oils and it had been a long time since I had tried watercolours. I did, however, settle on watercolours and created a few pieces that my friends told me were good. After creating a number of pieces and selling them in galleries, I began to see the limitations of watercolour, relative to what I wanted to accomplish. I then switched to oils and after fumbling through a few pieces I began to appreciate what could be done with oils. Oils gave me the degree of exactness and contrast that pacified my eye and challenged my ability to develop the needed technique for a given piece.   Today, I tend to describe myself as a generalist in that I enjoy painting the major disciplines; portraits, still – life and landscapes. Looking back on my body of work up to this moment, the majority of my work has been landscapes. Landscapes have a great appeal to me because of my love for the natural world. Nature, in all its wonder, is an infinite source of inspiration. When choosing subjects, panoramic views with the mountains in the background and a lake in the foreground ha little appeal to me. Panoramic, from my perspective keep the viewer at a distance. My intent, as a painter, is to give the viewer a more intimate look at nature. Ideally I try to put the viewer into the scene and point out a vignette of the natural world that they may have passed by without really noticing. A much as I enjoy painting landscapes, however, I am also driven to experiment periodically with the other classical disciplines of portrait, still – life and nudes. From the perspective of a painter, rendering skin has an allure all its own. Catching that elusive expression of feeling is a great challenge with equally great rewards. So too are the rewards in the technicality of rendering glass, metal, cloth and other materials. The challenge of convincing the viewer that they are looking at something that has depth, texture, transparency etc. is simply a lot of fun. To enjoy the technicality of painting is to constantly push oneself toward the illusion of perfection.   Artist CV Born: Toronto, Ontario Membership: Elected Member of “The Society of Canadian Artists” Member of the Central Ontario Art Association Juried Shows:  Society of Canadian Artists, International Artist, GOR Gallery, (Kitchener), Guelph Art, (Guelph), Barber Gallery, (Guelph), IMA, (Toronto), Gallery Shows, (Solo):  KOR Gallery, (Kitchener), Kaleidescope Restaurant, (Guelph), Barber Gallery, (Guelph) Featured: Rogers Local Cable, Guelph, First Local, Rogers Cable, (Morning Show), Guelph Mercury Newspaper John Page is relatively new to the art scene, having started to paint in mid-life.  Originally John had studied commercial art but had decided that fine art was the forté that gave him the most satisfaction.  After experimenting with other mediums, John settled on ‘oil on canvas’ as the medium that satisfied his eye. John lived in a rural area for a number of years and derived the majority of his wor4k from that experience.  While being known for his landscapes, John also believes in practicing the other classical disciplines of still–life, portraiture, and nudes.  Regarding his obvious love for painting, John stated; “Painting for me is a passion, and if a passion is consuming…let it devour me completely”

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    OSA alumni Virginia Dupuis is showing a selection of her water / amphibian themed Oil on Canvas works from July 23 to October 1, 2014.  

    Biography Virginia has been exhibiting her work professionally for a number of years. She is a graduate of the 3 year Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School of Art. In the final year she refined her oil painting practice by completing two Advanced Studios in oil painting, as well as two Apprenticeships in oil painting with a concentration into colour theory. Virginia was the recipient of both the Ted Marshall Scholarship and the Morton Baslaw Watercolour Scholarship at the Ottawa School of Art. She has received numerous jurors’ awards and was recently awarded a grant from the AOE Arts Council to present her work in Shenkman Arts Centre. As well, she received an exhibition assistance grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Virginia recently received Elected Membership into the Society of Canadian Artists. Virginia volunteers as Secretary of Arteast and the Ottawa Art Association, and is Arteast curator for Blackburn Hamlet Library. She works out of Old Stick Studios and participates in the Orleans Art Studio Tour. www.virginiadupuis.com

    “Harmony at Petrie Island” 1. My ear is drawn to the harmonious calls of frogs and birds in their beautiful surroundings at Petrie Island. The simultaneous and often competing songs leave me looking both skyward and to the water. I find these noises relaxing and peaceful, as I associate the harmony of sound with the beautiful sights. My eye is drawn to bright leaves, which hit by sunlight, dance on the water. I admire radiant greens, water reflections, puddles of rain on lily pads, and ripples on the violet-grey water; - harmony in colour. 2. 3. There is harmony in the organic shapes of a turtle shell or a lily pad, as I notice similar shapes repeating in nature on a larger scale. To paint nature is to take time to appreciate and notice much; – repeating shapes, rhythm and pattern. 4. 5. Exploring colouristically the drama in the patterns, in the traditional medium of oil, I take a macroscopic view and strive for a strong tactile quality, building up layers of paint to suggest the various harmonies in nature. 6. 7. Virginia Dupuis 8. 9.

  • Downtown Fall Courses now Online

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Important Reminders

  • FINE ARTS DIPLOMA and PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
      THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2014/2015​​ FINE ARTS DIPLOMA and PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS Registration deadline: Friday, AUGUST 29, 2014 The Ottawa School of Art follows a tradition of alternative art schools by providing the community with the opportunity for visual expression and creative development. In addition to the vibrant arts community within the school, students have the advantage of the School​'​s ​​excellent location in the heart of the ByWard Market. The Ottawa School of Art has been celebrating visual arts training since 1879. ----------------------------------------------------------- FINE ARTS DIPLOMA three-year, 90 credit program Students receive the benefits of an intensive pre-professional fine arts training program allowing them to complete most or all of their studies close to home. In addition, the Ottawa School of Art receives students from across Canada and from around the world creating an interesting and diverse learning environment. ----------------------------------------------------------- PORTFOLIO CERTIFICATE one-year, 30 credit program Structured for students who need to develop and expand their present body of work in preparation for applications to university, college or art school, this intensive course of study allows for a high degree of interaction with​ ​working professional artists in a studio setting. ----------------------------------------------------------- OSA admission is on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. The OSA's Fine Arts Diploma Program is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities as a Private Career College. To learn more about full-time studies at the Ottawa School of Art and requirements for admission, please visit our website at: www.artottawa.ca <http://www.artottawa.ca/> Click on your full-time program of choice, select the 'Admissions' section and access a downloadable application form. ​ ​ Start the application process by filling out the application form and bringing the items listed on the front of the form to the interview.​ Make your appointment by calling 613.241.7471.​ For further information, please email the Diploma Coordinator at: diploma@artottawa.ca
  • Summer Camps

    SUMMER CAMPS 2014

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    July 2 – August 29

    Monday to Friday

    5 days / 30 hours

    All fees for children camps (6 – 12 years old) may include a pool outing and a drama class! 

    Summer Camps information is subject to change without notice.

     

    BEFORE AND AFTER CARE

    MONDAY TO FRIDAY

    8 H – 9 H & 16 H 30 – 17 H 30

    FEE: $30 per week

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Mixed media classes, and classes with a media focus, are offered for children aged 6 – 12. Students produce a wide variety of work in many disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, cartooning and sculpture, including clay. These classes give students the opportunity to explore materials and processes, build skills, and express their experience.  Small classes are taught by artist/educators who provide children with an environment that encourages individual creative growth.

    Most courses are organized around a theme and include a tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada.

    The Ottawa School of Art also offers classes for teens between 13 and 15 years old. These classes are media specific or have a narrow thematic focus.  The projects encourage students to develop skills in specific techniques, to think about and practice the process of making art.  Small classes are taught by artist/educators who create an environment that encourages individual creative growth. The fun comes from being immersed in art:  in playing hard all week.

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  • Ramiro Ricardo Lecture at OSA
    There will be a lecture by visiting artist José Ramiro Ricardo Feria on Friday, May 23 at 12:00 noon in the Library. Ricardo Feria is a professional artist specializing in printmaking. He is the past director of the school of art in Holguin, Cuba and has been actively involved with the Unión Nationale de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC). He will be showing examples of his prints, drawings and paintings. His lecture will be in Spanish with translation.    
  • Boutique Submissions Summer 2014

    Submissions will be accepted on Wednesday June 11th and Thursday June 12th between the hours of  10am and 3pm

    The past months have brought many viewers and buyers… congratulations to those of you who sold works!

    Submissions to the OSA Boutique are run through a juried process. All Works are chosen, taking into consideration the juxtaposition of pieces, ‘theme’ if applicable and the boutique space itself.

    Entries must be properly labeled, framed and ready to hang; assuring that framework is stable and secure.

    Questions can be directed to Cathy at 613-241-7471 ext. 27 or boutique@artottawa.ca

    Please Note:

    Works from the present boutique showing will be ready for pick-up on these dates.

    Please bring portfolios and/or appropriate packaging to take your work home.

    Terms and condition contracts are available online and at the front reception desk at OSA.

    Note: Submissions for the summer months will not be ‘theme’ based.

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  • Adult Summer Courses
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