Ottawa School of Art

Arts & Culture


The Ottawa School of Art is a leading educational centre for the visual arts “teaching art to everyone” with the opportunity for creative expression, development and growth. Within a well-defined program, we offer high quality instruction to all levels through direct involvement with professional artists.

Established in 1879, the Ottawa School of Art is known as a non-profit, charitable organization, offering a full range of community level art courses at two campuses including, life drawing, landscape painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, new media, and a wide variety of specialized short courses and workshops. Children’s and Teen’s classes range from multi-media to animation to sculpture, pottery, drawing and painting. In addition to general art courses, the school offers three professional exhibition galleries open to the public for free, and one-year Portfolio Development Certificate, and a three-year Fine Arts Diploma.

Our Impact

  • We believe that students are the very core of our mission and work to continuously strengthen and enhance their skills.
  • We foster imagination, creativity and innovation in all of our activities.
  • We embrace an inclusive and accessible environment for all, and promote diversity in participation and perspectives.
  • We value the importance of inspiration and support hands-on training by practicing artists.
  • We are committed to providing our students studio-based and studio-oriented practice.

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Legal Name

Ottawa School of Art | École d’art d’Ottawa

Charity Number

#126510528 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Celebrate our 145th anniversary together! “Teach Art to Everyone” as our motto and vision encourages innovative educational programming in visual arts that is accessible and affordable for all. As a registered charitable organization, we rely on your support for future artists to come.

Bursary & Outreach Programs at the Ottawa School of Art are dedicated to providing free, community based visual art classes to children and youth who often face difficult economic or social circumstances, and have limited access to the many benefits of a structured creative environment.

We provide financial support for students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course through our bursary program. These activities reflect the school’s commitment to supplement costs of a course for students.

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