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Ottawa School of Art

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What we do

The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses for adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking, cartooning and more.

We host artist-in-residence workshops, operate an art boutique, curate exhibitions in our downtown and Orléans galleries, host solo and group shows by local and international artists, and run the Lee Matasi Gallery for student showcases as well as an off-site presentation space (Preston Square/Waterford Group). 

The OSA also offers a three-year fine arts diploma, a one-year portfolio certificate, a not-for-credit arts Fundamentals certificate and a community outreach program. 

How you can help

Fundraising priorities

The outreach program is dedicated to removing all economic barriers (no enrolment fees, no art supply costs) art instructor provided and classes are taught in the neighbourhood at a local community house or community centre. Participants are also given the opportunity to showcase their work in a group exhibition held each year in our downtown gallery.

For students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course, we have a bursary program that, along with funding set aside in the annual budget, is made possible by several named and anonymous donors. The value of each individual bursary given depends on the level of financial assistance indicated on the application form and the availability of funds.

These programs are supported through our fundraising initiatives and donations are also accepted online, by phone, in-person and by post.

Your donation will support

  • Our Bursary program which supplements tuition costs for students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course or day camp
  • Outreach programming that provides free community-based art classes and art supplies for children and youth
  • Three (3) accessible Gallery spaces open for free to the public that attract over 50,000 visitors each year

Events + fundraising

Holiday Fundraising Art Sale

(November 23 – December 10, 2023): Works by local artists and members of the school are exhibited in our downtown gallery at 35 George St. and available for purchase. Proceeds are split between the artist and the school with funds raised going towards our bursary and outreach programs. With 35% of the proceeds going towards OSA programming, and 65% going to participating artists. 


(November 17, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm): The Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus is proud to present 8X8, a fundraiser that supports the OSA bursary, which takes place at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery located on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre. All are welcome! This is an opportunity to get exclusive local ottawa artsits artworks for a great price. 50 artists and one night of first come, first served sale!

The 8X8 OSA Fundraiser support the OSA motto “Teaching Art to Everyone” by fundraising for the bursary.

Get in touch:

35 George St.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1N 8W5

Year founded: 1879

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,845,437

Twitter: @artottawa
Facebook: @ArtOttawa
Instagram: @artottawa

Shirley Yik, President, board of directors

Andrew Fay, Executive Director


  • Shirley Yik, President
  • Alexia Naidoo, Vice President
  • Michael Ashley, Treasurer
  • Zoriana Priadka, Secretary
  • Tara Brossier, Community Member
  • Susan Chibuk, Community Member
  • Judith Donin, Community Member
  • Robert Helal, Community Member
  • Patricia Kenny, Community Member
  • Christos Pantiras, Community Member
  • Heather Simpson, Community Member




Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding area; campus in Orléans