Digital Painting workshop brings creativity to corporate setting

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Student artist Dahae Song teaching workshop
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Students at Digital Painting workshop held at MBFS
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 5:00am

Staff at Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) in Mississauga took part in a unique digital painting workshop in November. OCAD University faculty member Veronika Szkudlarek, accompanied by student Dahae Song, visited MBFS offices for an exploration of the fundamentals of Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (DXPA).

The workshop kicked off with an overview of the history of digital painting led by Szkudlarek. Song then presented a selection of her work, explaining the digital process and hybridized approach. The dozen MBFS staff who participated were delighted by the inspiring and interactive event.  

MBFS has partnered with OCAD U to bring creative thinking to the workplace and support the university’s contribution to the cultural community. Currently, 70 works of art by OCAD U students, alumni and faculty are on display at MBFS in the Experiencing Perspectives exhibition. The company generously supports OCAD U through awards, scholarships and the funding of the Drawing & Painting graduate catalogue.




Performance Period Manifesto!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

A Performance Workshop with Holly Timpener

Share your period stories and create a new manifesto for a new shameless future for menstruation.
We will perform this manifesto together in the halls of OCADU!

Presented with FEMINIST FOMONOMO and the support of OCADU (Learning Zone, ODESI & Faculty of Art), FAC & WIAprojects.

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone at OCADU 113 McCaul - (main floor rear, off St Patrick Street)
For more information contact Julia Pereira at

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:00pm to Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:00am

Improvising Difficult Conversations

How can we engage in difficult conversations in a way that is productive, satisfying, and even FUN?

How can we open ourselves to learn something new about the other person's perspective?

What is the difference between a response and a reaction?

Lauren Stein will facilitate an interactive, experiential session that explores difficult conversations and fun ways to approach them. Using the tools of improvisational theatre, we will slow down the conversation to separate our reaction from our response, and use that information, both intellectual and emotional, to allow ourselves to make a more respectful response rather than a knee-jerk reaction. We will use the philosophy of "yes, and" to stay on the same side of the other person, even if we disagree about this particular issue. And we will stay open and curious, reminding ourselves that sometimes, the highest we can achieve from a difficult conversation is to understand the other person's point of view and remain respectful.

About the Host

Lauren Stein is director of Laurentina's Improv Club, where she performs and facilitates improvisational theatre experiences. She has taught and performed all over the world, including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Ireland, and Switzerland. With her Master's in Expressive Arts Therapy, she helps people awaken their creativity and overcome life's hurdles through play.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room 187

Let's Talk About Winter Health: A Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Feeling overwhelmed?
Wondering how to stay healthy and active during the Canadian winter?
Interested in meeting other international students?

The Health & Wellness Centre and International Student Services will be hosting a workshop specifically for international students! At this workshop, we will be covering a variety of topics including:

• Preparing for winter and staying healthy
• Stressors specific to international students
• Coping and relaxation strategies
• Social support

A pizza lunch will be served!

If you would like to attend, please email Susan Kemp at by Friday, November 6, 2015.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284, Level 2


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 1:00pm to Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:30am

Mindfest is happening on October 7th and it is bigger and better than ever! The University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry has teamed up with Ryerson, OCAD, Kids Help Phone, Family Navigation Project, and many other community partnerships to continually increase awareness of mental illness anti-stigmatization. Join us at Hart House on October 7th for our 3rd annual day of awareness! Workshops, community resources and interactive sessions will be held between 9am - 4pm. Can’t make it during business hours? We’ll be having a Mindfest walk to Ryerson and an after party from 4 pm - 8 pm!

Venue & Address: 
Hart House - 7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This workshop will provide information about how to effectively structure the content of your research proposal, and how best to put your case study forward for your upcoming SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). It will be helpful to bring questions specific to your individual proposals along with a draft of your current research proposal.

Facilitator: Dr. Lynne Milgram.

Dr. Lynne Milgram’s research is rooted in anthropology, but lends itself to interdisciplinary collaborations of all kinds. Analyzing the commoditization of crafts, consumption and small-scale entrepreneurial activities in the northern Philippines, Milgram’s doctoral research traced the channels through which women exercise agency in their changing roles in craft production and trade with the advent of global market forces. Subsequently analyzing the socioeconomic and political impacts of microfinance development projects mounted throughout the Philippines, Milgram explored the relationship between the institutional claim to empowerment and the capacity of program structures to generate ‘real’ opportunities for women.
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For further details about scholarships and funding please click here:

Please contact to RSVP and request any of the following services:

Accessibility: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us so we can make the appropriate arrangement

Remote Access: If you wish to attend this workshop via GoToMeeting please email us and we will circulate the meeting invite link.


Dr. Lynne Milgram’s Bio (contd.)

Milgram’s ongoing projects examine Philippine women’s engagement in the global trade and consumption of secondhand clothing between the Philippines and Hong Kong and women’s work as street vendors. Both enterprises straddle legal/illegal practice and have emerged as growing arenas of labour given increasing rural-to-urban migration and declines in formal-sector jobs. Milgram’s most current project analyzes the shifting dynamics of urban trade livelihoods based on the sale of fresh produce. Here she highlights that the public market players, men and women, who activate these supply routes operate in a finely-tuned urban trading-scape – one that challenges the hegemony of governments’ framing of such trade approaches as “pre-modern” and inefficient. Milgram demonstrates that the vendors and marketers engaged in the aforementioned trades operationalize multiple work options to simultaneously negotiate their positions as sites of globally competitive economic activity and local struggles over state restructuring. Milgram makes her findings applicable for policy formation by government and non-government organizations seeking to sustain livelihood opportunities for women via a range of appropriate initiatives.

Lynne Milgram has published this research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and edited volumes. She has guest edited special journal issues: Asian Studies Review (2005), “Edgy Things: Negotiating Borders and Identity in Asian Material Culture,” and City & Society (2014), “Norms, Networks, and Informality in the Urban Global South: Unmapping Regulatory Space.” Milgram has co-edited the following volumes: (with K. M. Grimes, 2000) Artisans and Cooperatives: Developing Alternative Trade for the Global Economy; (with R. Hamilton, 2007) Material Choices: Refashioning Bast and Leaf Fibers in Asia and the Pacific (2007); (with K. E. Browne, 2009) Economics and Morality: Anthropological Approaches; and (with K.T Hansen and W. E. Little, 2013) Street Economies of the Urban Global South. Material Choices won the TSA (Textile Society of America) Book of the Year Award, and Street Economies won the SAW (Society for the Anthropology of Work) Book of the Year Award.

Lynne Migram’s most current SSHRC awards include:

1. SSHRC Institutional Grant, Awarded by OCAD University Faculty Grant. From Market to Market: Filipino-Canadian Entrepreneurs Refashion Transnational Business Landscapes. One-year award from April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016.

2. 2015 SSHRC “Insight Grant,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Can-Phils CREATE (Canada-Philippines Collaborative Research on Alternative Transnational Economies). Co-applicant with Dr. Philip Kelly (PI) (York U).
Tenure of Award: 2015-2019.

3. 2012 (ongoing) SSHRC “Insight Research Grant,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada. Contested Livelihoods: Food Provisioning Systems in Urban Southeast Asia. Principal Investigator. Tendure of Award: 2012-2016.

Lynne Milgram’s earlier SSHRC awards include: 1991-1995 (PhD Fellowship); 1998-2000 (SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship); 2000-2003 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant); 2004-2007 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant); 2008-2011 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 5th floor, 205 Richmond Street West

Let's Talk about Health! A Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wondering about your health insurance?
Feeling overwhelmed?
Interested in meeting other international students?

The Health & Wellness Centre and International Student Services will be hosting a workshop specifically for international students! At this workshop, we will be covering a variety of topics including:

•University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
•OCAD U Student Health and Dental Plans
•The health system in Ontario
•Coping and relaxation strategies
•Social support
•Stressors specific to international students

A pizza lunch will be served!

If you would like to attend, please email Susan Kemp at by Monday, September 21st.

Venue & Address: 
Room MCA 284 (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)

Let's Talk Consent!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Let's talk sex, love, dirty talk, desire, intimacy, rejection, and consent!

Join BAD SUBJECT for a free activities-based workshop on practical tools to gaining/understanding consent. This workshop is facilitated from an anti-oppression, intersectional framework and is facilitated by a volunteer from Bad Subject.

Bad Subject is a youth-led, grassroots, non-profit group that offers interactive, non-hierarchal, intersectional workshops designed by-youth-for-youth on “Consent” and “Media Literacy: Spotlight on Rape Culture”.

changing rape culture into consent culture...
one workshop at a time!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T1W1
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Make Your Own Wearable Workshop by Imagination Catalyst

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Want to learn more about wearables? Interested in working with conductive thread and fabrics? OCAD University is proud to present a Maker Festival satellite event in making your own wearables. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of electronic circuits, sewing with conductive thread and working with conductive fabric. At the end of the session, participants will make a light up electronic cuffs that they can then take home and light up the night with!

This workshop will be led and facilitated by: Robert Tu

Robert Tu is a graduate of OCAD University from the graphic design program. He also has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He then worked as an engineer for a number of years before transitioning into business development at IBM. Since graduating from OCADU he founded MeU, a wearable technology company that is developing socially interactive clothing. As a designer, entrepreneur and engineer, Robert is interested in exploring the way we perceive clothing and how wearable technology can change our behaviours and interactions with each other and our environment.

Questions? Email:
This workshop has limited seating - RSVP before seats run out!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1 Room 284 (Up the spiral stairs, to your left)
416-977-6000 ext. 4364

Instant Art on the Island

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Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 4:00am

Material Art & Design faculty member Monica Bodirsky is holding a wonderful workshop this Sunday, July 19 at Artscape Gibraltar Point:
Instant Art on the Island
Laugh, learn, breathe fresh air and express yourself in a stress-free environment. You deserve it!
This workshop is for everyone with or without artistic experience. Join experienced artists Monica Bodirsky and Alastair Dickson for a wonderful day filled with creativity.
Learn how to express yourself through the art of collage or, if you want, try something more challenging by creating assemblage with a variety of materials.

Bring a lunch, hang out on the beach for a moment, breathe deeply...

Venue & Address: 
LOCATION: Artscape Gibraltar Point 20 minutes walk or 10 minute bike ride from the Hanlon's Point Ferry dock. Pick up can be arranged for those who need assistance to get to the facility. Time: 12 to 5 p.m.
For inquiries or to reserve your spot today please contact for payment details.
$75.00 per person - materials included