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

  • 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
  • Peter Krausz | (No) Man’s Land

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    Peter Krausz | (No) Man’s Land Ottawa School of Art Gallery – Orleans Campus

    The Ottawa School of Art is pleased to present (No) Man’s Land, an exhibition of works by artist Peter Krausz. The exhibition takes place from February 28 to April 13, 2014 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans. Come join us Sunday March 23 for the meet the artist reception from 1pm to 3pm in the Gallery.(No) Man’s Land is a series of 16 large paintings and comprises two collections - Man's Land and No Man's Land. The complementary collections were inspired by Krausz's travels to Cyprus, and draw their inspiration from the Nekri Zoni - the UN-controlled track of land that runs across the country, separating the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
    Man's Land focuses on our harmonious connection with nature, while No Man's Land focuses on the dead zone that divides a country and appears clearly in satellite imagery. Krausz creates Man's Land, these meditative landscapes, using an ancient painting technique called secco. Working with raw pigments suspended in an egg-based emulsion and applied to a dry surface, he creates remarkable colours that seem to suspend light over the paintings, illuminating the landscapes and casting deep shadows that draw the viewer in. While No Man’s Land is painted in oil paints and tar, giving the land deep tones and textures. Romanian-born, Peter Krausz, studied at the Bucharest Academy of Fine Arts but has called Montreal home since 1970. He is a tenured professor at the Université de Montréal. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Quebec and throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His works are part of private and public collections such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, The Jewish Museum in New York and many others. For more information please contact Nadine Argo, Gallery Coordinator 613-580-2765 or  Meet the artist! Sunday March 23, 2014 Demonstration of the secco technique: 11am to 12pm In gallery artist talk: 12pm to 1pm Reception: 1pm to 3pm Free to the public – Everyone welcome Works will be on display from: February 28 – April 13, 2014 ORLEANS CAMPUS
    Shenkman Arts Centre | 245 Centrum Blvd. Gallery Hours Monday – Sunday | 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
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  • Orleans Fest
    Join us this weekend at Shenkman Arts Centre / Centre des arts Shenkman for fun activities with Art Ottawa; here's a list of the activities that we will be hosting (We are also still looking for volunteers!): On Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd, 9am to 5pm 1. Silk-screening Both indoor and outdoor, try your hand at a cool way of printing. Will have the choice of printing original designs on cloth, or $5 print on a OSA bag, t-shirts welcome. 2. Chinese brush painting See an ancient art form brought to life, and try painting a sparrow or panda with a Chinese paint brush. 3. Fun Craft Make an imaginary instrument from recycled materials or add a splash of colour to the crazy music inspired mural. 1. Sérigraphie Découvrez et essayez un intéressant mode d’impression : l’art de la sérigraphie! Vous aurez le choix d'imprimer des dessins originaux sur une pièce de tissu, ou moyennant quelques dollars d’imprimer un motif sur un sac l’École d’art d’Ottawa. Apportez votre propre t-shirt ou autre pièce de vêtement pour leur ajouter du style! L’activité sera offerte dans la galerie de l’ÉAO et à l’extérieur. 2. Peinture à l’encre de Chine Cette forme d’art ancestrale prendra vie dans notre galerie. Apprenez pas à pas à peindre un panda ou des fleurs de cerisier à l’aide du pinceau chinois. 3. Musique et art Créez un instrument imaginaire à partir de matériaux recyclés ou ajoutez une touche de couleur à notre fantastique murale à thématique musicale.