Hallöween Common Room: D.I.Y. Arts & Crafts

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for the October edition of COMMON ROOM, the monthly casual, comfortable and collegial social gathering for the graduate community, students and faculty, at OCAD University. All welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G
Join us for the spookiest Common Room of the year! Free treats & drinks, mini coffin painting, pumpkin carving & painting, fall

OCAD U Zine Library Open House

Art Book Week: OCAD Zine Library Open House July 10, 1 - 6 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Come visit and browse a collection of over 2500 zines, from uniquely handmade multiples, minicomics, poetry chapbooks, perzines, and much more! We will have a special display of recent acquisitions with a focus on indigenous voices, decolonization and multilingual publications.

This event is part of Art Book Week, a week-long series of events and activities that parallels the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week 2018 takes place from July 4-11 at various locations across the city. The goal of Art Book Week is to celebrate the unique artists’ book community in Toronto, as well as increase the visibility of new and exciting projects, spaces and artists. www.torontoartbookfair.com/art-book-week-2018

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Negotiating Ethical Making Between Humans and Machines

While making can be a beneficial activity for many reasons, the things we make may not always be in the best interest of others. It is the responsibility of makers to ensure their creations comply with societally-agreed upon ethical principles. However, the act of making is increasingly facilitated by machines, and these machines could also be involved with encouraging ethical behaviour. In this paper we explore this position from the perspective of a 3D printer, looking at what interactions between humans and machines might look like while they negotiate the process of making.

Read the full paper here.


Negotiating Ethical Making
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Lab Member: 
Tara Campbell

grOCAD Workshop Series: Seed Paper Making

grOCAD Workshop series logo overlaid onto of seed paper including OCAD Student Union logo.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Join us with grOCAD for a Seed Paper Making Workshop, Tuesday March 27, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Enjoy a cup of tea while learning to plant your seeds everywhere with plantable paper.

This workshop will be lead by Heidi Persaud.

Open to OCAD U students. Free, material included.

For more information please contact grOCAD at: ocadgrows@gmail.com

Thank you to OCAD Student Union for supporting grOCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Sowmya Somanath

I am a Computer Scientist specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and lead the Interactive Futures Lab.

DIY POP-UP COSTUME STUDIO OCT. 26, 11am-2pm, 100 McCaul

Interrupt the store-bought fast fashion industry with your own DIY creativity


Audience Jacket Tutorial

How It Works:

An accelerometer attached the wrist transmits wireless information of arm movement via an Xbee radio to a second Xbee radio attached to a computer running Arduino and Processing programs provided here.  As the wearer raises their arms, a cheer is heard.  As the wearer claps, the sound of hundreds of others clapping is heard.

What You Will Learn:

In this tutorial you will learn how to configure Xbee radios, program a Lilypad Arduino, interpret accelerometer data, and work with conductive fabric and conductive thread. You’ll also never be alone again.

Overview of the Tutorial Steps:

  • Prepare the Lilypad Xbee
  • Label the Xbees
  • Download and Install Software
  • Configure the Xbees
  • Chat Test (Optional)
  • Upload the Arduino Program to the Lilypad Arduino board
  • Alligator Clip Test with Lilypad Arduino and Accelerometer
  • Run the Processing Program
  • Solder the 9V battery clip to the Lilypad Xbee Breakout Board
  • Connect the Lilypad Xbee
  • Sketch the Design Layout
  • Attach the Components
  • Make the Conductive Fabric Design
  • Make the Connections with Conductive Thread
  • Sew the Pocket Closed
Image of a Purple Jacket
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 8:00pm

Shannon Stratton speaks on the DIY MFA and conceptions of craft at OCAD University

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Stratton is a founder and Executive Director of Threewalls, a Chicago based not-for-profit for the presentation of contemporary art and ideas. Established in 2003, Threewalls has grown from a start-up exhibition space to a vital visual arts organization supporting contemporary art through solo exhibitions, residencies, grants, publications, conferences and commissioning programs. 

Stratton writes, curates exhibitions and other experimental projects, and relishes opportunity for administrative and pedagogical experiments. In 2010 Stratton was named one of the top 5 most vital people in the visual arts in Chicago by NewCity. In 2011 she was a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute and a finalist for the Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Award. Stratton was 1 of 9 leaders in the arts featured in the Chicago Tribune 2011 Chicagoans of the Year. In 2013 Newcity named her one 50 "Visual Vanguards."

Stratton teaches in Art History, Theory & Criticism and Fiber & Material Studies departments at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was appointed Critical Studies Fellow at The Cranbrook Academy of Art for fall 2012. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Alberta College of Art Board of Governors' Alumni Award of Excellence.

Shannon Stratton’s visiting lecture has been co-sponsored by the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Design.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Room 1516, Level 5, 113 McCaul St.

Fear of Punk//Fear of Art

 Art by Dustin McChesney
Friday, August 2, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Party: Friday, August 2, 2013. 7-10 pm

International Punk Art. Curated by Tara Bursey and Ben Needham

An art exhibition featuring Adam Kindred (Halifax), Alex Ratcharge (France), Alexander Heir (NYC), Dustin McChesney (Minneapolis), Emma Maatman (LA), Erick Lyle (NYC), Heather Benjamin (NYC), Jill Pucciarelli (NYC), Leah Wishnia (NYC), Matthew McGarry (Rochester), Nathan Gattis (Chicago), Paul D'Elia (LA), Sam Ryser (NYC), Shiva Addanki (NYC), Spoiler (Montreal), Tara Bursey (Toronto), Weird Luke (NYC) and Yecatl Peña (Mexico)

Punk is everywhere. From malls to museums, the influence and imagery of punk’s past has largely been absorbed into mass culture. Despite this, contemporary DIY punk rock sits firmly outside of the mainstream, and at both regional and global levels is stronger than ever. The visual culture that surrounds it is variably dark, threatening, chaotic, smart, funny, mysterious and questioning.

Fear of Punk / Fear of Art highlights the creative output of current punk artists, bringing their work out of its usual context while exploring intersections between punk rock, art and print culture. The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture and printed matter that draws inspiration from horror, the occult, sex, despair, popular culture, comics, art history and urban life.

For more information, contact:

Presented as part of Zine Dream 6, an annual small press art fair

Art by Dustin McChesney






Venue & Address: 
Communication Art Gallery 209 Harbord Street Toronto, Ontario