Monica Bodirsky

Toronto-based artist and designer, watercolour illustration, Illustrative and digital print techniques in fibre, shadowboxes. OCADU classes taught have included Think Tank (sustainability and equity in Design), Drawing techniques and processes for material artists and designers, Colour and 2D theory for designers, Professional Practice, Experience Design (user experience theory).

The Kaleidoscope Project

The Kaleidoscope Project
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Kaleidoscope Project is a two-part project that showcases the value that learning about cultures can bring to the art and design communities within OCAD U.

The First part is a film that sets the stage for the conversation following the interaction and reflection of sixteen participants who are students at OCAD. It showcases what we hope more people within the OCAD U community will do in response to the film. You can have a look at the trailer for the film here


"Presenting, The Kaleidoscope Project: Film & Open Discussion.


The short-film is a compilation of personal experiences and reflections of sixteen students at the university. It explores the importance of cultural interaction within the art and design worlds. The event will feature an OPEN DISCUSSION to allow for community engagement and feedback. We would like to hear your voices to find out ways in which we can make a stronger community at OCAD U.


Documentary Screening:

Date: March 03 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284


Second Screening:

Date: March 17 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284"



The Second part is an installation, that will be introduced on Monday, March 6th, is a call to action by creating an interactive opportunity for the larger OCAD U community to add their voices to The Kaleidoscope Project. The installation is a reflective piece to the short-film. The installation is a 7ft x 3ft peg board that will be put up on the wall in the lobby. 

The installation is an interactive piece that requests the audience to select a coloured string, assigned to one of the three questions:

What is community?
What is culture?
What drives change?

Students are encouraged to interact with this installation by making connections between ideas and concepts that they feel aid the selected question. Everyone’s perspective is an equal contribution to this project. Join us by adding to the creation of a kaleidoscope of culture, community, and change.



The team is formed by international students who were granted the 2016 Big Ideas Fund by the ODESI at OCAD U and involves a graphic designer, an art director and an industrial designer. We are not only culturally diverse, but also bring well-rounded multi-disciplinary ideas to the table.


Together we have created, The Kaleidoscope Project.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284 & Lobby

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is an interdisciplinary designer working at the intersection of lens-based media, installation and intervention. Campbell investigates signs and patterns of urban intensification as played out on development sites, parking lots and public sidewalks. Her work frequently explores physical mapping practices as a means to interpret and reflect on the design dynamics found within the urban landscape, confronting issues caused by the intensification of development. Using codes such as floor plans and clearance zones, Campbell re-organizes space into performative zones.

Teresa Ascencao

Teresa Ascencao is a Multimedia Artist whose work toys with social constructs of body language, costume, socially inscribed objects and spaces, and inner corporeal experiences. She teaches Photography for Communication and Think Tank: Awareness at OCAD University. For several years, she taught Experience Design. Prior to OCADU, she worked with geographically and economically disadvantaged youth facilitating digital art programs through Scarborough C.A.R.E.S. and Ontario Arts Council, some of which took place in Ontario's most remote northern communities including Fort Severn and Moosonee.


Steve Quinlan began teaching at the Ontario College of Art (as it was then known) in 1978 in the then Communication & Design Department. Prior to coming to the College he worked for Paul Arthur and Associates (pictographic and wayfinding), IMS (UofT), Dizitti and Associates (architect) and Mimura and Associates (animation). He also exhibited at the Prince Arthur Galleries, Gallery O and the Arts and Letters Club.

Saskia van Kampen

Saskia van Kampen specializes in teaching first and second year design. Her research into materiality, intuition, experiential learning, and transformative learning has a great impact on her pedagogy. Her personal design projects focus on the intersection of design and craft, and involves a cross-pollination between various disciplines including painting, printmaking, typography, and sewing.

Michelle Astrug

Michelle Astrug is a designer with industry experience in motion and graphic design. Her current work explores the merging of motion graphics, electronics and code to create new forms of animation.

Kirstin Thomas

Kirstin Thomas combines strategic thinking with powerful design, advanced technical expertise and outstanding client relations to deliver communication and design solutions that effectively meet defined objectives.

Karin Von ompteda

Karin von Ompteda is a designer/researcher/educator working in areas where disciplines converge. Her background is in both science and design, having undertaken an MSc Biology, BDes Graphic Design, and currently completing a PhD Visual Communication. Karin's doctoral research is focused on integrating scientific and design approaches to typeface legibility, with a particular interest in low vision readers. Working with data plays a central role in her research, practice, and teaching.