Framing Day at OSA

I’ve written before about the wonderful Oakland School for the Arts and yesterday I had the privilege of returning to OSA for the Digital Media class’ Framing Day. Founded in 2002, OSA is a public charter school with about 650 students in grades 6 through 12 who specialize in one of the following disciplines: circus arts, dance, digital media, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, production design, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music. While I was at OSA, I saw so much joy and energy towards creativity and learning. I saw students in dance leotards, toting instrument cases (sometimes larger than the students themselves), sketching in notebooks, getting feedback on the latest apparel they have designed, taking photos, and singing.

Framing Day is the day when the students frame and hang their recently-completed posters celebrating each of the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The posters were created in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign because Ms. Cregge (chair of the Digital Media department) uses this assignment to teach students about how these three programs can be used in an integrated way and how they work together. You can see her instructional resources on the class blog and see some more photos.

There was so much great artwork! Every one of the posters intrigued, provoked, and/or drew in the audience. This is a powerful body of work for both the images and the messages behind them. As always, young people never fail to amaze me with their creativity and passion for making our world a better place.

Below are some images from Framing Day and check out the slideshow with all 30 posters! These pictures just don’t do justice to the kids’ artwork.

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Students cleaning the frames , framing their work, and getting them set up for hanging.


Izzy with her Article 20 Poster
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.


Emilio with his Article 23 Poster (which was created with Ciaran Evans)
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.


Domenico with his Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.


Robin with her Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.


Ryan with his Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

HallwayGallery2OSA is a public charter school which means it is tuition-free. With all the additional resources required to offer such an incredible menu of artistic choices, the school relies on donations to its Annual Fund (fundraising goal for this year: $200,000!). You can also support the Digital Media department through donations and/or purchases of student-created media. Please support them if you’re able to!

What a great day! Thank you to everyone! I can’t wait to return to OSA soon!


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