Drawing of student getting idea (lightbulb), followed by drawing of student telling idea to others
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to Monday, January 6, 2020 - 11:00pm

If you KNOW something, TEACH something!

The OCAD U Student body is filled with people with amazing skills and knowledge! We’re looking for current OCAD U students interested in sharing their skills by leading a creative art or design workshop for fellow students.

Apply to facilitate a workshop on: 

  • A studio technique or method
  • A piece of software that other students would find useful 
  • Another skill essential to your art or design practice

Selected facilitators will earn an honorarium of $100, as well as a budget for materials (up to $40). Workshops should be around 2 hours long and include a hands-on component, so that attendees can get a chance to experience and practice new skills. Workshops will be held in the OCAD U Library’s Learning Zone at 113 McCaul Street in January, February or early March 2020, and will be open to all students at OCAD U. 


Application process: 

Please submit a completed copy of the workshop proposal (the Microsoft Word file available to download on this event page) to Marta at mchudolinska@ocadu.ca by January 6, 2020. Additional documentation, such as images of sample work similar to what you are proposing, is welcome but not required.


This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program, administered by the WLC.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, level 1 also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Poster with same image and text as event posting

FCDC have scheduled a few Canvas workshops!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 8:15am


This short session will cover the basics of how to use the grading functions in Canvas. Topics include how to add an assignment to the gradebook, assignment group weighting, using the gradebook, grading in SpeedGrader, and tips for providing feedback to students.

December 7, 2018
Room 510a, 113 McCaul St
Register here



This hands-on workshop covers the basics of getting started in Canvas. Topics include basic navigation, the Course Outline Builder tool, and the Assignments tool. This is a great session for new faculty or those who need a Canvas refresher. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the workshop.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
2:30 - 4:00pm
Room 510a, 113 McCaul St
Register here

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Room 510a, 113 McCaul St
Register here


This online session covers the basics of how to navigate Canvas and use the Outline Builder tool.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
6:30 - 7:00pm
Online - No need to register
Click this link to join the online session: https://ocadu.zoom.us/j/9350022050




Call for Submissions: Willows for Wellness

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:15pm to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:45pm

"Willows for Wellness" is having an Open Call For Submissions, an Exhibit, and will host three (3) Interactive Workshops on the subject of mental health awareness and advocacy!

We encourage works that specifically relate to Alzheimers Disease but are interested in works in all kinds of mediums and media that address personal relationships to mental health, themes of advocacy and work promoting awareness!

  • Submissions are due November 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed November 1 to 4, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by November 5, 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If your work requires technology/equipment for display it will be the responsibility of the Artist/Designer to provide the equipment themselves. Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

Please Submit To: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsNAyh16lgoZLfaxnhYdE5Z4AGjEJ2akCkiyg1kUWFW2zjNw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Workshops will be facilitated by the following "Willows For Wellness" members:

  • Nora Bahgat: A baking enthusiast, Nora will guide you through a relaxing and fun session of decorating delcious, baked, gluten-free vegan goodies!
  • Kaya Joan: Hit the books! or rather make one! Zine building with Kaya will help bring your inner author to life through drawing and text work!
  • Hekter Franklin: Keeps us up to date with whats hip! Join Hekter as they show us how to get down and funky with acorn instrument creation!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Location: 49 McCaul Street

Willows for Wellness is a not-for-profit organization that hosts mental health awareness events, in effort to educate spectators about various mental illnesses and how they affect those who struggle with them through interactive workshops, art exhibis and inofrmational talks. This months event is focusing specifically on Alzheimers disease and a portion of sales from the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. The goal of our exhibition and workshops event is to address mental health and seeks to provide a safe space where people can have a conversation about stigma and mental health awareness.

We want to thank you all for your interest and aim to show as much work as possible!
Remember to practice both Self Care and Self Love, reach out to a trusted loved on and remember you are not alone and more than what you struggle with.

Much Love,
Willows For Wellness

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
Willows for Wellness Graphic

Needle-Felting Workshop with Sydney Madia

Cartoon of a student speaking a speech balloon which contains an image of a lightbulb to a group of people
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us for #3 in our 4-part series of creative art & design workshops taught by OCAD U students. 

Needle-Felting Workshop with Sydney Madia 
This workshop will begin with a short presentation of Sydney's work, along with other artists working in the medium. Participants will be introduced to the tools, basic techniques and safety tips of needle-felting through a step by step creation of their own small project. Students will take home a small felted apple and, if they like, can take home their felting needle for possible future projects. If participants would like, they can create their own project while still learning from the demo. All materials will be provided. 

Workshops are free and open to current students at OCAD U. 

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the First Generation Program, administered by the WLC.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext.2529

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine this — a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory

transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology 
September 28 to October 8, 2017

In partnership with the UnitedNations Development Programme and inspired by its 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, EDIT will explore the theme of Prosperity For All through an interdisciplinary presentation of design projects from the fields of architecture, healthcare, education and gastronomy.
Many talented artists, designers, students, faculty and alumni from OCAD University will be showing their work at EDIT. Come say hi at OCAD University's booth and prepare to be inspired!

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is here in Toronto

Mickey Mouse's home of the future is a fully functional shipping container home inspired by the most beloved Disney character of all time. The project is the result of an OCAD U-wide competition challenging students to envision a sustainable, eco-friendly version of Mickey's future home.

Students Aira Harutyunyan, Rachel McCormick and Sebastiance Ayala are the winners who were given the opportunity to work with Giant Containers on bringing their ambitious ideas to life. Mickey’s new sustainable home will be on-site at EDIT out front of the factory and available for guests to tour. #MickeyMouseinTO

See a list of all the exhibitions here

Venue & Address: 
21 Don Roadway, East Harbour (Formerly Unilever Soap Factory)
Mickey Mouse's House of the Future

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Grant Writing Workshop 2017 Promo Image
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This hands-on workshop facilitated by Dr. Lynne Milgram will provide research proposal writing support for your upcoming CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please come prepared with specific questions related to your research projects.

Please RSVP to gradstudies@ocadu.ca. For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 510

External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

External Funding Workshop Promo Image
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP to gradstudies@ocadu.ca. For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 510

grOCAD Exhibition

Photographs of grOCAD members displayed in text shape image spelling the name grOCAD.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

grOCAD Exhibition is the latest installation in the Learning Zone. This exhibition highlights grOCAD’s explorations, workshops and on-campus installations focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices since the group’s inception in 2011.

grOCAD is one of OCAD University many diverse student groups on campus, with an active interest in community building through plant life.

On exhibit are a small series of colour prints of concept drawings illustrating the creative process behind the works installed on campus, or exhibited at gallery shows. Projects include the Pedal Farm Exhibition, Living Wall, 3rd iteration of Windowfarm, Moss Exhibition, and raised planters constructed during O-days.

The Learning Zone is wheelchair accessible with two Gender-Neutral washrooms..

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

Workshop: Surviving Art School - Toolkit for Artists & Designers of Colour

collage image of artwork attributed to Raju Rage
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Surviving Art School: An Artist of Colour Toolkit
with artist + activist Raju Rage

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 3:30–5 PM
Lambert Lounge (MCA 187), 100 McCaul St
OCAD University

Co-presented with the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives and OCAD Student Union
Hot Lunch will be served starting at 2:30pm ($3 suggested for meal)

Using the 'Surviving the Art School' publication, produced by Collective Creativity (of which Rage is a member) and published by Nottingham Contemporary (UK), as a starting point, the talk and workshop will ask what this visually entails. During this workshop participants can expect to learn and share strategies for decolonising education. Participants are encouraged to bring with them a 'problem' of the institution to collectively strategise and create a surviving the art school toolkit. This workshop is open to students from all disciplines. 

A presentation of Collective Creativity: a Queer, Trans* Intersex People of Colour artist collective in London UK which aims to create radical, grass roots space for QTIPOC to interrogate the politics of art, in relation to queer identity, institutional racism, and anti-colonialism. CC is dedicated to creating space for conversations that challenge institutional racism and white supremacy within a cultural framework. We are concerned with how we decolonise our art educations, unlearn the histories that replicate the colonial gaze, re-formatting our own art educations and a re-positioning of this canon by re-centring artists and cultural producers of colour.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective. 

For any accessibility accommodation requests to fully participate in this event, please contact Shamina Chherawala at schherawala@ocadu.ca or 416.977.6000 ext.3840 in advance.

Venue & Address: 
Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 PM - 5 PM Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
416.977.6000 ext.3840
Workshop is free! OCAD Student Union will be serving Hot Lunch from 2:30pm onwards (suggested $3)

Technology & Technique: Drop-In Tutorial Sessions

3D Printing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:30pm

The Material Innovation Centre is now offering help for all students in need of assistance with common 2D and 3D design program software. Student monitors with knowledge and experience using Rhino 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are available on Tuesdays (3D) and Thursdays (2D) from 6:30- 8:30pm, throughout the Winter 2017 semester.


Come to work, drop-in to ask questions... get (or give) help... learn and share among your peers.


•       Technical advice and assistance for common design software

•       Troubleshooting, file checking and proper formatting advice for 2D and 3D outputs

•       Advice on 3D printing


The MIC is also starting to offer hands-on, student access to 3D printing technologies (Formlabs, Form 2 and Lulzbot Mini) This will roll out in the next few weeks... Stay tuned! We will be adding software tutorials sessions and access to 3D printers as the semester progresses. 


Everyone is welcome. See you there!

Venue & Address: 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Material Innovation Centre. 100 McCaul Street, Room M530
MIC Workshops