Certified: Exhibition in Continuing Studies at OCADU

Event Poster featuring an painting of 2 kids in front of a background with butterflies
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:30pm to Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

An exhibition featuring artists who have completed a Continuing Studies certificate at OCAD University.

The Office of Continuing Studies offers six certificates that provide formal recognition of completed qualifying courses. Students must complete five courses within three years to qualify for the certificates to qualify for the Digital Media Skills Certificate, Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate, Photography Studio Skills Certificate, Web Design and Development Skills Certificate, Theory and Criticism in Art and Design Certificate, or the Certificate in Business Skills for Creative Professionals.

Works in the exhibition include Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Digital Design, and Video.

Open Mon- Fri, 9am-5pm

Reception: Thursday, February 4th, 5:30 - 7pm

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies @ OCAD University 285 Dundas Street West
416 977 6000 x 2321

Art and Adaptation

Artwork exploring the natural environment that reflects personal and collective resilience from the past year. Featuring work from students and instructors at OCAD U School of Continuing Studies.


Ravi Persaud

Peeking Over the Neighbours Fence

Not being able to travel out of the country for over a year has made road trips to local destinations a must. As much fun as those local trips have been, I still miss being able to visit our neighbours to the south to enjoy Bodega beers and supersized Big Macs.



Erin Sass

Out of the Blue
A Sliver of River
Tropic Optics
Warm and Fuzzy
Wintertime Tableau

Over the past year I started digitally illustrating in a paper cutting-like style (using the app Procreate), as designing and creating art extensively improves my mood. I utilize colour, texture, and shading to achieve the effect of genuine paper cutting, which I have always loved for its dimensionality and tangible nature.


Karen Welch

Naomi’s View, Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”

Sitting on a fold out chair in my snow pants, toque, and new hiking boots, muscles aching from a two-hour trudge through the woods, I was treated to this beautiful, tranquil view. Naomi helped me through a very difficult day, sharing her happy place with me, with love, compassion, and a socially distanced pot of tea.


Nasim Salehi

I will grow, I will become something new, Mixed media on wood panel, 48cm x 48cm, 2021

Why had I never touched the heart of a tree? Trees that were a shelter for me in the days of quarantine and loneliness.




Cortney Stephenson

Brick Skin, a Study for Soft Bricks. Part 1, A cast of a brick face, acrylic modelling paste, acrylic paint, mould debris, yellow brick, silicone, and a book. Dimensions variable. 2020

A Brick at Rest, a Study for Soft Bricks. Part 2, A cast of a brick face, acrylic modelling paste, acrylic paint, mould debris, and a book. Dimensions variable. 2020


Arlan Vriens

Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Caprice No. 2”

When my career as a performing violinist was muted by the closure of concert halls, video unexpectedly became an important lifeline for my artistic practice. Filming in my small apartment and neighbourhood venues, I aimed to capture the curious attentiveness to space which came when the radius of my daily travels collapsed to a single point.



Kiran Sohi

Ghost on the Plane
Flying High

Kiran Sohi is a Toronto-based artist who works primarily with oil and acrylic paint on canvas. Her current practice encompasses landscape paintings in oil and abstract paintings in acrylic. She is also venturing into digital art and existential videos of nature that aim to explore existence perceived outside the self.


Ebru Winegard

A Lonely Childhood

Playgrounds in a city are the best. But what if they are closed?! 2020 changed everything.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Ebru Winegard is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and visual artist. She earned her master's degree in digital and media art at Istanbul University. Ebru is now based in Toronto and works as a freelance graphic designer.



Sam Dinatolo

Children’s Book 2, Digital Artwork, 2020


JeeHyun Kim

Pomona Mills 1: Through the maple leaves
Resolution: Do you see what I see?


Nazanin Sepandram

Here I Am

I try to capture the beauty in mundane objects and routine life. I believe during this time, more than ever, it is important to find the beauty in our lives.


Private Lives

Artwork exploring the personal, with reflections and introspection that open a door to home life in its many different forms.
Featuring work from students in the School of Continuing Studies at OCAD U.

Anastasia Tiller

Internal Life of Skippy, hand hooked rug, acrylic and wool on burlap, 16” x 32”, 2020
Daniel, hand hooked rug, acrylic and wool on burlap, 12” x 20”, 2020

Claudia Miatello

Friday Night
Home Alone
Happy Birthday

A private space can be a place of loneliness or one of solace. This collection of art explores the home and domestic life in the big city from the perspectives of a grandmother, pets, and children.

Iris Wong

Bake, sketch, eat, repeat, ink and watercolour

Everyone needs a routine.

Devika Mathur

Ganesha with a Lotus

Cherie Leung

I can overcome, acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”

This piece is about all the things that accumulated and weighed on us this past year at home.  I needed to remind myself – I can overcome; we can overcome.

Nasim Salehi

Hello to unspoken secrets, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 66cm (a series of 9 artworks, each 30cm x 22cm), 2021

As Sadegh Hedayat says, “In life, there are certain sores that, like a canker, gnaw at the soul in solitude and diminish it.” The story of my private life begins when I remove the bandages stuck on my wounds.

Sam Dinatolo

Children’s Book 1, digital artwork, 2020

Lina Ramona Vitkauskas


My 2013 poetry collection, Professional Poetry, featured poems intended to speak to how private citizens/individuals in the US are viewed through the lens of their working identity (their “day” jobs). As a poet and artist, I found myself struggling to localize my place in this structure. I examined the commodification of poetry and the absurdity of “marketing” in this space. This poem was originally not included in the collection, but it seemed a fitting piece to illustrate the metaphorical tug between “contributing” (economic) member of society (consumer) and a waning citizen (unidentifiable in a petri of metrics and forced identity).

Lili Lai

Porcelain Mirror, screen-printed ink on glass

Combining my recent thoughts about personal reflection and using my identity as a third culture kid, I wanted to use two clichéd elements to represent my western and eastern culture. The decorative art of the frames and the exported image of Chinese porcelain serves as an exploration of the assemblage of narratives that interplay with my physical and mental landscapes.

Mike Drolet

Moon, wood, cast concrete and twine, 21” x 17” x variable length

The sculptural installation draws attention to the predominant theme of balance to show many independent objects can work together to produce a functioning whole; one that could not exist if even one segment was missing. This method of precariousness balance allows for objects that appear sturdy from materialistic description to become delicate while commenting further on form and function.  

Ravi Persaud

Pam's Purse

One of the most private places in my home was actually my wife’s purse. She let me open it up and remove all of the items to see the wide array of things these little purses can hold.

Harry Cai

Candid moment during a heated debate at a party
David #3, watercolour, gouache, 11” x 15”

Good thing I had roommates when the lockdown started.

Tessie Riggs

Couch Potato

The year I became an extension of my couch.

Camilo Calderón

March 365th
Starring: Marcia Díaz and Camilo Calderón

This situation got us into an indefinite time loop. Also, it helped us learn again how to enjoy every little moment of our days.

Yushan Wu

A Day in My Life
Credits: Yushan Wu - Director, Photographer, and Performer; Xiaowen Wang - Camera Assistant

A video display of a day in my private life as a young woman during the menstrual cycle. It is personal, yet it provokes criticism and reflections on the social portrayals of women in general.

Otino Corsano's video installation "ROSSO" featured at Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Still 1 from ROSSO
Still 2 from ROSSO
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Otino Corsano’s Ocean Course Films presents “Rosso” at Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto
496 Huron Street, Toronto from September 4 to October 2, 2019.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm.
Contact Adalgisa Rosmini, Events & Communications, adalgisa.rosmini@esteri.it, for more information.


“Rosso” is an exhibition comprising an HD video installation attempting to evidence a contemporary passion still lingering from the 1982 FIFA World Cup on an international, local and personal level. It could be argued this signature sporting event initiated the notion of Toronto as a world-class city. The project was directed by New Genres artist and OCAD U Continuing Studies instructor Otino Corsano for Ocean Course Films, a collaborative entity he established, comprised of a specialized core production team.

The imagery focusses on a tapestry of Southern Ontario environments in order to present a narrative delineating the influence of a specifically Italian natured globalism on Canadian soil. A new contemporary aesthetic is presented, reflecting the earlier eighties fusion of Italian and Canadian cultures and how this melding has activated poignant perspectives and discourses on immigration, diaspora and multiculturalism.

Composer John Mark Sherlock orchestrated the musical soundtracks for each of the three chapters featured in “Rosso”. The video also features an Italian narrator, played by voice actor Alex Martinelli, reflecting poetically on various stages of his life in three cyclical chapters. The first chapter traces his first memories as a youth hearing the voice of his father as if in a waking dream. The second chapter weaves a romantic narrative from seemingly unrelated location imagery - vineyard, autobody shop, factory and sports fields. The final third chapter concludes with an optimistic view of national unity paradoxically built from both a highly personal vision and a global mosaic of perspectives.

Otino Corsano is an international New Genres artist who established Ocean Course Films as an umbrella entity for the artwork he produces in collaboration with a selected core team. He has taught at the University of Toronto and continues to teach at OCAD University in Canada.

Composer John Mark Sherlock has built the moving soundtrack for “Rosso”. Sherlock’s works have been played by many of Canada’s finest performers and ensembles including Arraymusic, the Burdocks, Critical Band, The Ergo Ensemble, Eve Egoyan, Linda Catlin Smith, Stephen Clarke, and Ensemble KORE.

Special thanks to Alessandro Ruggera, editor Jeff Hamill, Alexandra Landon Richardson, Manuel De Luca, R. Ferri Automotive, European Auto Body, J.R. Martino, Budds’ Group of Companies, and The York School. “Rosso” is lovingly dedicated to Otino Corsano Sr.





ROSSO Poster

Social Innovation Design Certificate

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 6:45am

For professionals who want to learn how design can be used as a tool to create social change, this 10-day international course is for you. Learn to apply design thinking and the participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents in Quepos, Costa Rica.

Find out more here: http://ocadu.ca/CostaRica

Graduates from this course will receive a Social Innovation Design Certificate from OCAD University Continuing Studies.

Costa Rica and continuing studies

Parting Lines II

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

Parting Lines II is a group exhibition showcasing work from students of the Mould Making Studio courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD University.

Curated by Lauren Schaffer and Camille Rauton.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
Parting Lines II Poster

Continuing Studies at OCAD U

OCAD U’s Office of Continuing Studies offers more than 100 courses in art, design, and new media, available on evenings, weekends, or online.

Online Courses
Continuing Studies is offering 16 online courses this fall in subject areas such as drawing skills, photography, software training, and user experience design.

Find out more information about CS certificates.

New Course - Social Innovation Design Abroad: Costa Rica

February 15 to 25, 2019 in Quepos, Costa Rica
Online course with a 10-day field immersion experience in Costa Rica
Instructor: Sarah Tranum, MDes

This unique course, offered by OCAD University, is an opportunity for students to delve into the world of social innovation design while travelling abroad to beautiful Quepos, Costa Rica, for 10 days. Through direct community engagement, students will use design thinking and the participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents. Revenue from this course will go to support undergraduate students in a similar credit course abroad from the Faculty of Design at OCAD University.

World Cup Match Poster Exhibition

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

32 Days, 32 Nations, 64 Games, 12 Venues, Only 1 Winner! 
48 Posters by Designers from 18 Countries, 16 Posters by Local Toronto Designers.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery - 285 Dundas Street West
exhibition poster


Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Nino Ardizzi, Lori Beckstead, Myra Burney, Kevin Cherry, Gerardo Correa, Prerana Das, Sylvia Galbraith, Anne Hanrahan, Megan Irwin, Caroline Scott-Charles, John Severino, Ann Marie Stasiuk, Karin Tang, Stephanie Thompson, Aina Tilups, Bahar Toussi

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321
Poster - Community Exhibition

Convergence - Works by Continuing Studies Instructors

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

Exhibition featuring diverse work from Continuing Studies instructors at OCAD U.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West