Thursday, September 03, 2020



Just a quickie to welcome all my new (to me) students, as well as Students from the summer, as we prepare to work together, virtually. We're gonna have fun! It's gonna be different, but fun too! Imagine - going to school in your jammies EVERYDAY!! 

I have but one request: Everyone please wears pants. ;)

But seriously, Covid-19 has most definitely changed the way we do things, but has also really shown what we CAN do, when we simply MUST. Personally, I think it was a good kick in our collective comfort zone. I have found new efficiencies and methods of delivery I never would've explored without the current pandemic-push, to do so.

For incoming students, this semester will look and feel differently, but rest assured, Seneca faculty have been working hard collaborating feverishly together since our winter semester ended and over this summer, to ensure we deliver to our new AND returning students a dynamic and robust online learning experience this Fall.

I can say from my own personal experience that I have worked very hard transitioning all my subjects from on-site, in-person classes to online and feel that other than that "face-to-face" dynamic, (which I do love, and WILL miss) it's all there.I'm certain this is harder on me than you ;)

All my updated subject content for the following SCAA subjects will be available on Blackboard by/before Friday, Sept. 11th, for student review prior to week one classes.
  • IILS318 -Vis-Dev 02 - LOC
  • ILS404 - Vis-Dev Specialization
  • CHR331 - Character Development
All students will receive a "welcome email" on that Friday noting class time, what to expect on day one, followed shortly after by an email, containing a zoom invite for our first class together. If you have not filled out/ sent me your W5 form, please do so before Monday (Thanks!)
We will be using Blackboard and zoom for our classes. Blackboard will contain all content and will be where you submit benchmarks/assignments. We will meet weekly via zoom for our classes together. I'm working on setting up Teams, but alas, am not quite there yet.

Please do try to take some time before we meet to look around your fully populated subject on Blackboard, and be prepared to review our subject ONE_DOC, which will be located in course documents.

This really is going to an exciting time for all of us, filled with new discoveries, technical challenges and hiccups along the way, and I look forward to facing all of them together. 
We got this! 
Play safe! 

See you all soon,
- graves

Sunday, January 26, 2020

SKETCH JAM 2020, in the books!

2019 Jammy winner, Emma Bickell awards The Jammy to 2020 Jammy winner Helena Gervais - CONGRATS!

Congratulations to all the fine folks who participated in the day and the Jammy Challenge!
A hearty Congratulations to Helena on the sweet, sweet win!!

We celebrated our friend, teacher and mentor Blair Kitchen, and honored his memory in the best way we knew how - by drawing and laughing together - just enjoying life. 

He was greatly missed and always will be.

All in all, it was yet another amazing day and night together. 

Can't wait until we all meet again.

Stay`tooned for the 411 on SKETCH JAM 2021, in October.

- graves

Monday, December 30, 2019



It's that time of year again! Looking forward to seeing all your wonderful mugs. Current students and Alumni - save the date!! 
It'll be nice to draw with you all during the day, then have a pint with you lot, at the After-Jam!  ;P

This time out, we also celebrate our friend and mentor Blair Kitchen. We will have a moment of silence in recognition and memory of our lost friend.

If you're new to SKETCH JAM and wanna play - Join the group, answer the questions and get in on the fun!

See you January 25th!

- graves