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SPONSORSED WORKSHOP AT ONSITE GALLERY FOR OCAD STUDENTS 

Birchbark and Quill Workshop with Kyle Sauve of Mnaabndam Creations, Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W. 

The fundamentals of porcupine quillwork are covered in this three-hour beginner's course. Workshop participants will learn how to use the tools offered strategically, understand the various styles and uses of quillwork, and start on/complete their first piece of quilled art. The workshop centers around the different stitches and patterns within quillwork. After collaboratively working through several of the patterns together, the participants will try a small design (e.g. floral, or feather).  

Registered workshop participants will receive a free complimentary kit valued at $300 that includes the materials and tools necessary.  

Spaces are limited with priority given to Indigenous students at OCAD U. The workshop is a co-presentation and in partnership with OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program and the Indigenous Student Centre. Additional support was made possible with the generous support of OCAD University’s annual donors. 

 

To Register, please email one of the contacts below with your name, phone number, and your program year + major/minor. 

OCAD Students, please email Susan Jama (susanjama@ocadu.ca)  

Indigenous Visual Culture students, please email Susan Blight (sblight@ocadu.ca) to register. 

Indigenous Students at OCAD, please email Melissa General at the Indigenous Student Centre (mgeneral@ocadu.ca) to register.  

 

About Kyle Sauve

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Artist Kyle Sauve is a Rama First Nations band member who primarily works with quills and birch bark. Kyle began experimenting with porcupine quills in March 2020, during the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. Without access to traditional teachers, he struggled to gather information about this art form. Following a few months of trial and error, Kyle began to grasp the fundamental principles of quillwork. 

Eventually, Kyle was able to connect with a number of talented Indigenous artists by establishing an online presence through various social media platforms, most notably Burl Tooshkenig of Sweetgrass and Cinnamon, who assisted him in expanding into various traditional mediums such as caribou hair tufting, and sweetgrass. 

Kyle's goal, now that he has amassed a wealth of knowledge from a variety of sources, is to meaningfully contribute to the revitalization of quillwork art form through educational opportunities for Indigenous people. 

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The fundamentals of quillwork are covered in this three-hour beginner’s course. Spaces are limited with priority given to Indigenous students at OCAD U. The workshop is a co-presentation and partnership with OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program and the Indigenous Student Centre. 

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OCAD U’s Faculty of Art is pleased to announce a paid opportunity for up to 6 artists/designers to participate in the research workshop A Melted Snowman led by the acclaimed British artist, Ryan Gander. The workshop will focus on urban explorations and the production of interventions within the neighbourhoods surrounding the OCAD U campus and is scheduled to run between Wed. September 21 to Tues. September 27, 2022.

The call is open to senior-level OCAD U undergrad students (3rd and 4th-year level), current graduate students and recent alumni (up to 1 year after graduation), and all are invited to apply. We are seeking up to six participants. Upon completion, participants will each receive $500 ($450 fee plus $50 materials budget).

APPLICATION - https://bit.ly/RyanGander_OCADU_2022
DEADLINE - August 9th, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be a current 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student, a current grad student, or recent alumni (up to one year after graduation) 
  • Be interested in urban exploration, public spaces, conceptual approaches to making and/or ephemeral & modest public interventions. 
  • Expect to make themselves available for around 20 hours of in-person work during the workshop’s run (Sept 21 to 27) this will include some scheduled meetings (TBC closer to the date, with some accommodation of participants’ schedules), as well as one-on-one and independent work (individual or small teams).  
  • Be energetic, collaborative, & curious  

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) 
  • A brief statement/bio that introduces you and your creative practice (150 words)  
  • A written statement describing your interest in the workshop, what you think you will bring to the team, and how you feel this opportunity will contribute to your own development (250 words max) 

Gander describes the A Melted Snowman workshop: 
“Traditionally, semiotics categorises signs into two different categories: The Natural Sign and the Conventional Sign. A Natural Sign is something that communicates to you without the intention of communicating to you, much like a clue. Footsteps in the sand, a discarded shopping list, or desire lines in a landscape are all Natural Signs. A Conventional Sign is something that communicates to you with the intention of communicating to you, much like an advert. A traffic light, a painting, or a book are all Conventional Signs. Almost all art is a conventional sign, but what of art in public space, hidden art, outsider art, art that is quiet, subtle, silent, or just so seamlessly part of the fabric of a city or system that it doesn’t make itself easily visible? This is the art I am interested in. The art of ‘Parcours’, the art of ‘Treasure Hunts’ and the art that risks being missed. Not the art that is handed to us on a silver plate, but is searched for, uncovered, worked for and discovered. The art that crosses and escapes the traditional categorisation of signs. The art that is both Conventional and Natural in its language at the very same time. The art or the sign that is: A Melted Snowman.  

During the workshop we will identify interesting spaces and sign systems in a square mile of the city, producing physical encounters and signifiers in the city as well as a map and tour of these interventions, with foresight into finding new ways for defining ‘Art For The Public’ in public space, as opposed to the traditional equations associated with ‘Public Art’ as we know it. We will focus closely on artworks and interventions that crossover or stand between the ‘Natural’ and ‘Conventional' definitions, attempting to form a new system by which to categorise sign types; marrying up examples we find in the city with categories we invent, with the intention and possibility of collating the research and experiments in the form of a publication. A new Sign System for the outside world. 

Participants will require lots of energy, a week of intense dedication, a natural curiosity in the seemingly invisible, the ability to see ordinary things from diverse perspectives, and to know how to avoid procrastination.” 

This workshop is sponsored by Lanterra Developments, who has commissioned Gander to produce a permanent public artwork for their new Artists Alley development at 234 Simcoe Street. 

QUESTIONS?
Email: Derek Sullivan, Associate Professor, Tenured, Faculty of Art
dsullivan@ocadu.ca 

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Through this practical learning session, graduate students (MFA, MDes, and MA candidates) are invited to create handmade inks and paints using natural dyes, earth pigments, soy milk, and gum arabic. Extremely versatile, the techniques you will learn through this workshop can be used for painting on canvas or paper, writing, blockprinting, screenprinting, and even for natural dyeing of textiles. 

When: Wednesday, July 20th at 3:30 PM 

Where: Room 701 in 205 Richmond Street West 

RSVP by emailing graduate@ocadsu.org 

Please be advised that spaces are limited. If you’ve signed up to attend and can no longer make it, let us know as soon as possible so we can open up a spot to another student. 

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Join the Student Union and textile artist Kiran Gill for a hands-on workshop on ink-making.

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th @ 10:00 am ET

Platform: Microsoft Teams

REGISTER HERE

The International Student Support Office is launching our first session of the Creative Professionals Networking Series! Using Social Media as A Marketing Tool hosted by Kael Rebick.

Join us to: * Learn social media marketing tips * Be inspired by her success story Kael Rebick (@punkodelish 496k followers,) is a freelance travel photographer, social media strategist and content creator. Based in Toronto, she has spent years capturing the beauty of her city. Her passion for photography has taken her far beyond her city, participating in campaigns all over the world. Registration will remain open until June 7th.

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The SWC presents the Art Therapy Group for OCAD U students.

Art therapy combines visual art techniques with psychotherapy. In the OCAD U Art Therapy Groups, students will be introduced to art therapy techniques that can help them find individualized and creative ways of reducing stress.

This group provides students with a space for self-expression, self-exploration, connection with peers, and stress-reduction in a non-judgmental environment.

Facilitated by: Art therapist and OCAD U alumnus, Dean Davis, DTATI, RP (Qualifying) & Peer Support Facilitator, Praanee Chandrasegaram

This group is held virtually on Microsoft Teams biweekly on Mondays from 2:30-4:30pm — starting May 30th to August 8th, 2022.

To join the Microsoft Teams channel for this group please email ddavis@ocadu.ca or DM on Teams

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The CEAD has a number of resources and supports to help students take advantage of this major event and as you step into your creative career.

How can you prepare for your professional presence at GradEx?

Visit the short “Your Work Here” Canvas Course -> ocadu.ca/yourworkhere

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Are you presenting at GradEx107? We want to help you prepare!

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Are you an Indigenous artist and...‬ A Student or alumni of OCAD U? An Indigenous community member? Considering attending or applying? Looking to get feedback on your work or ideas? Would you like to connect and visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you are invited to join us for: Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away

Formerly, the Open Critique program, the objective of this program is to provide Indigenous students, alumni and community members with the opportunity for dialogue and relationship building with other Indigenous artists, including OCAD U faculty, alumni and special guests. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas, current works, or join to visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space. This program allows folks seeking feedback from other Indigenous artists the opportunity to share projects and processes related to coursework as well as their professional practice. See upcoming sessions below!

This program is open to: Indigenous OCAD U (students, faculty, staff and alumni) and Indigenous community members. 

Thursday April 21 3-5PM with Natia Lemay

Natia Lemay is a queer interdisciplinary artist and curator of Black and Mi'kmaq descent. As a graduate of OCAD University and a Yale MFA Candidate,  Natia is currently exploring the act of meaning-making rooted in history and biography. By exploring the impact colonization, erasure, and white supremacy has on the BIPOC identity: through the manipulation of material, she looks to investigate how identity extends beyond its own subjectivity and draws throughlines between past and present.

Click here to register for Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away with Natia Lemay on Thursday April 21 from 3-5PM!

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Join our upcoming info session to learn more about Secret Planet Print Shop and resources for putting together a strong application.

Date: April 11, 2p – 3p EST
VIRTUAL INFO SESSION: https://bit.ly/2022SecretPlanetINFO

OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce a recruited placement in partnership with Secret Planet for the role of Studio Assistant. This is a great opportunity for artists and designers interested in screen printing, stationary, learning more about how to run a print studio, and working with local artists. Working closely with Secret Planet Print Shop, the Studio Assistant would gain hands on knowledge around the day-today workings of running and managing a print shop with their team.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM
SUBMISSION LINK: https://bit.ly/ArtistProject2022Apply

In addition to working with Secret Planet, the recipient will be given a three-day rental credit ($300 value) and $150 materials credit from the CEAD. To be used near the end of summer 2022, the recipient can use the credit towards full access to Secret Planet’s equipment and print studio for an independent project. Secret Planet will be available to help advise, troubleshoot and guide their project.

Secret Planet is a screen-printing studio in East End Toronto that doubles as a stationery gift shop as well as a community space and zine library. Secret Planet specializes in handmade art prints, stationery, books, and paper products. They also sell goods by local artists. www.secretplanet.ca @secretplanetprintshop

For more info about this and other Career Launchers visit: https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2022-secret-planet 

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The School of Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto is pleased to be hosting Studio Connections: Artist Networks, a series of artist, designer and curator talks to inspire and support the OCAD U Graduate community.  Please join us to welcome Tania Willard, April 5th, 2pm. 

Please register to join at: https://bit.ly/TaniaWillard

Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation and settler heritage, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Indigenous and other cultures. Willard has worked as an artist in residence with Gallery Gachet in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side; with the Banff Centre's visual arts residencies, fiction, Trading Post and Outdoor School; and as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012-2014), co-curated with Kathleen Ritter, Vancouver Art Gallery (touring), featuring twenty-seven contemporary Indigenous artists. Current curatorial contributions include co-curating Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology for the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe. In 2016 Willard received the Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art from the Hnatyshyn Foundation as well as a City of Vancouver Book Award for the catalogue for the exhibition Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Public Art projects include, Rule of the Trees (2019), a public art project at Commercial Broadway sky train station, in Vancouver and If the Drumming Stops (2021), with artists Peter Morin, and Cheryl L’Hirondelle on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton. Willard was recognized with the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA award for outstanding achievement and commitment in her art practice in 2020. Willard's ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an Assistant Professor at UBCO in Syilx territories (Kelowna) and her current research intersects with land-based art practices.

 

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Do you have a business idea, but wonder how to get it started? Join the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designer and entrepreneur Jaymin Luces-Mendes for a 3-part series exploring how to start a business. These workshops will feature structured working time, live coaching, and a chance for you to ask questions.

This is a 3-part series where each workshop builds on the previous one. We encourage you to attend each one, or to watch the recordings to prepare for the following workshops. Recordings of each workshop will be shared with participants who RSVP.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/WantToStartABusiness

Workshop 1: Your Idea |
Tues. March 29, 1 - 2:30 pm EDT

This workshop focuses on the idea you want to bring to life - the “why” and big picture vision. We will also explore in broad strokes, key components that make up your business. At the end of the session you will have a clearer picture of your business idea and understand what drives you.

Workshop 2: The story of your business |
Tues. April 12, 1 - 2:30 pm EDT


In this workshop we will map the lifecycle journey of your business from the perspective of the product or service you hope to sell. At the end of this session you will have a clear sense of how your product or service interacts with the real world. You’ll know who and why your customers purchase from you and the starting points to make it happen.

Workshop 3: Creating your first Business Model Canvas |
Tues. April 26, 1 - 2:30 pm EDT


In this last workshop, we will start to pull the pieces from Workshop 1 and 2 into a Business Model Canvas. A Business Model Canvas is a tool that allows you to visualize and understand how various aspects become the building blocks of your business.

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