Friday, November 26, 2010

Sometimes writing a test is differentiated instruction at Oasis.

ASC students tell their Social Justice course teachers that writing tests make them nervous. So, they are given the opportunity to practice here. All who wrote the test did amazingly well. Congrats to the students. We celebrated with cupcakes.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

This is what the science curriculum looks like at the Arts and Social Change Program

Jane the fearless Science teacher demonstrates what happens when you add mentos to diet coke.

Explosion of diet coke all over the leaves. Hope the grass is okay.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Night of Dred

On Saturday night October 30, the puppets that ASC visual arts students worked on during the month come to life at Night Of Dred at Dufferin Grove.

Student Take to the Streets with Thriller

Getting Ready for the performance - A little makeup and hair please...

Now if we can only remember the moves...


A couple of weeks before Hallowe'en, ASC students learn, rehearse, and prepare to perform thriller at Much Music, Dundas Square, and Old City Hall. Among the fans taking pictures and hooting and hollering were community council members, parents, and fans - including veejay Sarah Taylor.

Parents get into the act
A random zombie fan

Monday, October 25, 2010

Visual Arts at Oasis

 "Obey Oasis"

Using Shepard Fairey's Obey Giant street art project for inspiration, Oasis students created stencil self-portraits in the Fairey style with their own choice of text. Now these posters are circulating across Canada, with the help of friends of Oasis. Above are our students' faces sighted in Winnipeg Man. Keep your eyes peeled for more photos to come!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Oasis Best In-show on Youtube
A student works on a prop for the video
Oasis staff and students created a two-minute video to submit to Best Buy for a $20,000.00 award for technology. This video is a creative representation about why our school should win the award. Sit back, relax and enjoy this clever piece of work.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Visual Artist Julian Calleros Talks about the Day of the Dead

Students learn about the Mexican tradition "Day of the Dead" in preparation for Toronto's Night Of Dred. Visual Arts students will be creating enormous puppets and masks for the celebration.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Integrated & Visual Arts

Students are creating art pieces that will be used in their video submission to the Best Buy competition for new technology. Recipients of the award receive $20,000 for technology.

Equity Diversity Social Justice Course

EDSJ students create visual representations of their "village" - who supports them and who doesn't!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Registration and Information Sessions

Spaces are still available. If you have students in your school, or are a student yourself, interested in art and performance opportunities but  are struggling with barriers outside of the classroom, our program may be an option.  Please call Vanessa Russell, Curriculum Leader or Jane Fonseca, Guidance Counsellor at 416-393-9830 for more information. 

September 8, 10:00 am 
September 9, 1:00 pm
September 14, 3:15 pm
September 22, 3:00 pm
September 29, 3:00 pm
October 12, 3:30 pm
October 20, 3:00 pm
October 27, 3:00 pm
November 17, 3:00 pm

Arts Courses at the Arts and Social Change Program

Actor’s Studio - ADA10 and ADA20
Ever thought about acting on stage or for film?Ever had the urge to audition and just see what happens?Want to improve your interview skills so that you have an edge over your competition?Want to conquer your ‘getting up in front of the class’ nerves?Ever wanted to take acting lessons, but were intimidated by a large rowdy class?
There are so many reasons to take ACTOR’S STUDIO at Oasis. We offer a small class, a teacher who is also a working theatre director, guest workshops with professional artists in the community and a whole course committed to working on your skills as an actor or more confident speaker! Whether you dream of your name in lights or not, this course is guaranteed to help you develop the skills you need for a confident and successful future. Learn about the theatre and film industry, the acting profession, and develop acting techniques through audition preparation and scene study.

Drama for Justice: Making a difference in the Community - ADC10 or ADC20
Do you have something to say about youth violence, or police relations? Want to learn more about your rights and the youth criminal justice act? Think you know everything about safe sex and sexual health resources in Toronto for youth? Ever thought about what you would say to younger youth about making positive choices?

In Drama for Justice you will have the opportunity to explore issues that matter to YOU, learn important information that could change your life, be heard in class and on the streets and make a difference to a young person. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower yourself and talk about real things that matter to you. Student's in this course will be looking at how drama is used locally and internationally to create change, as well as creating and performing their own street theatre, protest theatre, forum theatre, storytelling, and workshops for children and youth.

Visual Art- An Alternative Perspective
Everyday we are surrounded by art, even though we might not ever step foot in a museum or gallery.  In this class we will study and create art that exists outside of the four walls of a gallery. From graffiti burners and street art stencils destined for alleyways to giant papier mache monster puppets for the Night of Dread Halloween parade to silkscreened t-shirts and button designs for our closets, we’ll bring art on the street into our classroom and contribute art back into our community.

Photography 101 is an introduction to basic film photography. We will be working in colour and black and white, with opportunities to use professional darkrooms. We will also study the history of photography and its many contemporary forms, including photojournalism, fashion photography and photography in movies. The course will culminate with the creation of a photography portfolio and an exhibition of student work in a professional downtown art gallery.

Integrated Arts allows you to work from an interdisciplinary perspective to create work that merges and mixes a variety of art forms. This course allows you to produce work that is rich in substance and as unique as each artist. Create a moving collage, produce a performance piece using photography, movement and text.

Media Arts explores a range of different mediums, allowing you to analyse and produce media texts that are relevant to you and the world you live in. Using a variety of low and high tech tools you will have the opportunity to explore the world of media. Use Photoshop, consider video games, questions what you watch, design a comic book, and create a photo documentary.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oasis Drama Students

Some pics for the website of the Oasis drama students performing their own version of "Goldilocks and the three bears", for the Alpha Elementary School students.