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Events at OSA

  • Thanksgiving Weekend
      Ottawa School of Art Will be closed for the  


      Oct. 11, 12, & 13 / 2014 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) The School will reopen for classes on Oct. 14 at 8:30 am      

    L’École d’art d’Ottawa

    est fermée pour La fin-de-semaine de l’Action de grâces le 11, 12, et 13 octobre (samedi, dimanche et lundi)   L’École ouvrira de nouveau pour les cours mardi 14 octobre à 8 h 30
  • Artpreneur @ Shenkman Arts Centre


    The 2014 edition of the ARTPRENEUR Ottawa Conference will focus on the necessary business skills and tools visual and performing artists need to succeed. The one day conference will be held at the Shenkman Arts Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

    Leading creative industries experts and accomplished members of the artistic community will motivate and inform conference delegates (professional, recreational and student artists) on how to transform their passions into professions.

    The program will feature an inspirational keynote address about Transitioning Careers by Andrew King, real-world experience workshops, relevant product and service demonstrations, a financial pavilion and numerous networking opportunities. From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. speakers will participate in a lively panel discussion with audience interaction about what should be considered essential business practices for an ARTpreneur.

    Keynote Address

    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Transitioning Careers Andrew King, Professional Artist and Illustrator




    10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

    Getting Online and Promoting Adrian Salanumovic, Co-Founder of and WorkshopX

    11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

    Demystifying eCommerce Brent Mondoux, CEO of N-VisionIT Interactive

    2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

    Gallery Submissions and Artist Calls Don Monet, Co-Owner and Director of Cube Gallery

    2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

    Top 10 Legal Issues Artists Face Tanya Woods, Artists Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO)

    3:35 – 4:20 p.m.

    A Balancing Act: Commercial vs Artistic Photography Claude Brazeau, Master Photographer

    3:50 – 4:35 p.m.

    The Musical Artpreneur Robin Moir, Treasurer and Secretary of the Musicians’ Association Ottawa-Gatineau

    Ticket Information: One full day including: networking breakfast, keynote address, demos, expo hall, financial pavilion, networking lunch, panel discussion and a choice of three workshops. $35 (for full-time students and early bird before September 1, 2014) **Extended to September 7, 2014** $50 after September 1, 2014

    Tickets available online at: (an additional fee will be added to online tickets sales) Tickets can also be purchased all Wallack’s Art Supplies and Ottawa School of Artlocations, AOE Arts Council and at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

    When and Where: Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario Free parking

    Conference Sponsors: ARTPRENEUR Ottawa 2014 wishes to acknowledge the generous support that enables the Conference to operate and promote its programming. Thank you to the Ottawa Business Journal (media partner), Sotek Printing (official printer), Jackpine Digital Inc. (official photographer) and web development by Zehn + Studio.

    About ARTPRENEUR: ARTPRENEUR 2014 aims to promote entrepreneurship in the creative industries and become Ontario’s leading business conference for artists. The Conference is a collaborative effort between AOE Arts Council, Ottawa School of Art, the Shenkman Arts Centre and Wallack’s Art Supplies.

  • Diploma Orientation
    On Friday, September 12th​​, between 5:45-8:45 we will be having our annual Orientation Night​​ at OSA (room 208). It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other students and to see who's who around the school. It will be an action packed evening with an artist's presentation by Gail Bourgeois - a chance to hear her talk about her current exhibition at the Diefenbaker. You'll be meeting members of the school's administration, listening to music and participating in a contest! I should also mention that there will be free beer and pizza (and non alcoholic drinks, of course).​
    So make plans to attend, it will be a fun evening made even more fun by you being there!​
    ​Also, we've created an open group on Facebook for OSA Portfolio and Diploma students. The "OSA Diploma Program​​" group is designed for potential, current, and alumni students to network with other students and instructors. Please feel free to share exhibition info, photos and artwork, etc. I encourage you to join as you will undoubtedly benefit from the exchange of information between students and instructors.​
    ​I wish you all an engaging and creative year! See you next week!
  • Cours d'automne inscription débutant

    Fall Semester - Register NowFall Semester lets you get ahead with a large selection of courses.

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  • Orleans Fall Courses now Online

    Orleans Campus

    Fall Semester - Register NowFall Semester lets you get ahead with a large selection of courses.

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Important Reminders

  • Halloween pARTy
    halloween-or-2014   Join us at the Shenkman Arts Centre Upper Lobby Venez faire la fête au Centre des arts Shenkman Foyer supérieur Come costumed! / Venez costumés!   Saturday November 1, 2014 12 pm to 3 pm Crafts, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Bake Sale 12:30 PM Costume Parade AND 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm Storytelling   Samedi 1 Novembre 2014 12 h à 15 h Activités artistiques, Maquillage, Station photo, Vente de collations 12 h 30 Parade des costumés et 13 h 30 & 14 h 30 Contes   We will be accepting donations for the Ottawa School of Art and OYP Theatre School children’s bursary programs. Vos dons serviront à soutenir les programmes de bourses pour enfants de l’École d’art d’Ottawa et de l’École de théâtre OYP.
  • Annual General Meeting
    OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART Notice of Annual Meeting of Members TAKE NOTICE that the annual meeting of members of the Ottawa School of Art will be held at the Ottawa School of Art, 35 George St. in the City of Ottawa on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7pm for the purpose of: hearing and receiving reports and statements, electing directors, appointing an auditor and the transaction of any other business for which purpose the notice has been given. For information please call 613-241-7471 or visit
  • Summer Camps



    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.




    8 H – 9 H & 16 H 30 – 17 H 30

    FEE: $30 per week


    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.




  • Summer Academy
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    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

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