Adult General Interest

The Ottawa School of Art offers four levels of instruction to help students select courses relative to their skill and experience. Each level includes courses covering a variety of media. A minimum number of registrations are required to avoid cancellation of a course. Please register 5 days before the start date.


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Children & Teen General Interest

Multimedia classes are offered for children aged 4 to 10 years. Throughout the three terms, students produce a wide variety of work in all disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, including clay. These classes give students the opportunity to use materials and processes that are not available in the home or school setting. Individual lessons focus on different elements of art: colour, line, form, perspective, composition, etc.

Most courses are organized around a theme and include a tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Classes are two hours long and tuition fees include all materials.

The Ottawa School of Art also offers classes for older children between 10 and 12 years old as well as teens. These classes encourage students to focus their attention and develop patience using a narrower range of techniques while having fun.

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Important Reminders

  • Anna Williams | Brown Bag Lecture

    Next Brown Bag Lecture: April 8, 2014 at Noon



    Anna Williams (sculptor)

    Anna Williams was born in Ottawa, ON. After studying sculpture and printmaking at Mount Allison University she returned to Ottawa where she continues to live and work.  Her artwork employs the animal and narrative to examine the construction and manipulation of identity in contemporary society. Williams has had solo shows in both Canada and the U.S., and had works purchased by the Canada Council Art Bank, the Bank of Canada, the City of Ottawa, Humber College and the Femme Art Fund, as well as numerous national and international private collections. Williams has also created public works in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal.


    The Brown Bag Lecture series provides a platform for artists and art professionals to discuss their experiences within the arts community. Join us at lunch between noon and 1 PM for a free lecture from Ottawa's artistic and creative thought leaders! | 35 rue George Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8W5 | 613.241.7471



  • OSA 135th Anniversary

    Did you know that we are turning 135 years old?

    It is the Ottawa School of Art’s pleasure to invite you to our 135th Fundraising Anniversary Event. Guided by our motto “Teaching art to everyone”, OSA has been Ottawa’s leading centre for visual arts education in the region since 1879. In honour of this amazing night, we would very much appreciate your attendance to our memorable event. In this, our 9th year of hosting our annual fundraiser, the 135th Anniversary Event has a target of raising $20,000 and much needed promotion for our Bursary Program. As a not for profit school, OSA provides barrier-free art classes to hundreds of students each year through our Bursary Program. Please join us and demonstrate a commitment to art education and culture in Ottawa. Studying visual art provides unique ways of knowing, doing, being, and learning for all students. We need your support to help us enrich the lives of students in need by providing them with quality art instruction taught by professional artists.   Want to know how it all happened?   Save the date : May 8th, 2014 135th Anniversary Event The Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (GCTC) 1233 rue Wellington St West/Ouest, Ottawa, 18 h 30, Tickets/Billets $45

    Special Guest speaker

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    Honoured Guests include

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    Silent Auction

    Have a look at some of the spectacular Silent Auction items up for bid at the 135th Anniversary Event including VIA Rail Tickets, a Christopher Griffin Painting, a private tour of the Ottawa/Gatineau Hills, and much much more!



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  • Community Art Project - Chinatown Blossoms Information Session
    [caption id="attachment_4325" align="alignnone" width="960"]© Dennis Elliot Creative © Dennis Elliot Creative[/caption] March 19, 2014 --noon-- information session about Chinatown Blossoms #2 Held by Dawn Dale & Claudia Gutierrez Come to see what the course offers students in terms of public art commissions and public murals. The Ottawa School of Art is partnering again with the Chinatown BIA to revitalize and beautify this commercial district by conducting a large street public art project called Chinatown Blossoms. This project will add natural beauty through various art formats to this neighborhood that is short of green spaces. OSA Instructor Dawn Dale will lead students in this project to create public works of art along the streetscape. Abandoned windows, window frames and doors will be transformed into mini-murals; themed after Chinatown’s motto, ‘A multicultural village with an Asian flavor’. Artists will represent Canadian and Asian symbols within their different styles of design and aesthetic. The course will guide the design and execution of each mural and mentor students during the process. Students will develop crucial skill sets, work within the structure of a commission setting, as well As networking with the community.
    Ottawa School of Art Galleries CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS For the 2015 Exhibition Season   The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is now accepting proposals of current or proposed work for the 2015 exhibition season for both its ByWard campus gallery and Orleans campus gallery. Artists working in all media are invited to submit proposals. Group exhibition proposals are also accepted.   Artists should submit only one proposal and indicate the gallery in which they wish their work to be exhibited (i.e. ByWard or Orleans). One exhibition proposal can be submitted for consideration at both galleries. An application to both galleries must include an understanding of both spaces and how the show would differ to best use the dimensions of each gallery.   Basic information on the two galleries: Byward Gallery offers approximately 735 square feet of wall space with a hardwood floor. Room dimensions: 28’ – 7.5” x 25’ – 6.5”. Height to ceiling: 11’ – 7.5”. Height to track lighting: 9’ – 9”.   The Orleans Gallery offers approximately 1313 square feet of wall space with a concrete floor. Room dimensions: 60’ - 0” x 22’ – 0” Height to ceiling:  12’ – 3” Height to track lighting: 9’ – 8”" The Orleans gallery also has several moveable wall panels measuring 118” x 48”, which can be used to divide the room length wise.   Proposals: Proposals MUST include the following information in order to be considered: 1. An outline of intent and rational of the exhibition, and title. 2. An artist statement and up-to-date exhibition curriculum vitae. 3. Enclosed with the application, a maximum of ten images of recent work completed within the last 2 years. Do not submit original work. Please refer to the Guidelines for Support Materials (attached). 4. A list of works containing: name, medium, size and year the work was made.   Jury Process: The jury, which consists of 3 art professionals, will make its selection based on the quality of the work, the overall integrity of the proposal, and its relation to the programs of the OSA. (Poorly organized proposals will not be considered). The jury will meet within 4 weeks of the submission deadline. -  Artists will be notified of the jury’s decision within 2 weeks of the jury meeting. -  Submission packages may be picked up at the OSA reception desk by this time or, if a self addressed sealable envelope is provided, will be returned via regular post. Submission packages remaining after the two weeks of being notified will be discarded. -  CD’s, DVD’s and USB sticks will be returned by mail only if the artist provides a suitable stamped, self-addressed envelope. -  OSA is not responsible for damage or loss of CD’s, DVD’s or USB sticks during handling by Canada Post.   Conditions of Exhibition: -  A CARFAC artist’s exhibition fee will be paid to the artist(s). -  Selected artists will be responsible for shipping and shipping insurance to and from OSA. -  Any special equipment or display materials required for works in 3 dimensions, video works and/or media works that are selected for exhibition must be supplied by the artist(s).   Guidelines for Support Materials Bilingual   Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 PM Friday, April 25, 2014 Mail or deliver (submissions will not be accepted via email) your submission to: The Gallery Committee Ottawa School of Art 35 George St. Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5   For more details regarding the submission please call: Cathy Brake at the Ottawa School of Art Byward Campus 613-241-7471 x 27 Nadine Argo at the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus 613-580-2765
  • Guest Lecturer: Aganetha Dyck • HoneyBee Alterations
    Guest Lecturer  Aganetha Dyck • HoneyBee Alterations Aganetha_Dyck Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014 Time: 12:00 pm Location: OSA Library Cost: Free Presenter: Aganetha Dyck   Aganetha Dyck is a Canadian artist whose artistic career spans four decades. Dyck has a keen interest in environmental issues; her current research delves into the world of the honeybees and specifically the interspecies communication that exists between humans and bees. Her current exhibition allows viewers an intimate look at the delicate and fragile nature that exists between us. Dyck’s collaboration with the bees produces sculptural alterations of man-made objects such as shoes, helmets and porcelain statues that could never have been created without this collaboration. Please join us Thursday, March 6 at Noon in the OSA library where Aganetha Dyck will give a lecture on her work.