Teaching @ Seneca

A proud FCAD faculty member at Seneca College, in The School of Creative Arts & Animation, since 2004 - I work in the following programs, currently delivering these subjects.

Term 01, Character Design: CHR131 - Basic principals

Term 02, Character Design: CHR231 - Character construction

Term 03, Character Design: CHR331 - Character development

Term 04, Character Design: CHR431 - Advanced

Term 02, Visual Development 01- CHR: ILS218

Term 02, Children's Illustration -  ILS224 

Term 03, Visual Development 02 - ENV: ILS318  
Term 04, Visual development Specialization - ILS404 


Term 02, Drawing 02 - AFD282

** Along with my teaching responsibilities, I am also proudly involved in some of the design and subject builds for programs like Animation and Illustration.




I make every effort to deliver my subjects in an organized and enthusiastic manner. I want students to look forward to our time together, each week. I also take great care to ensure my classes are casual, professional and informative, while making the effort to pace lessons and deadlines in a manner which allows students to have the time actually learn the skills I am asking them to demonstrate and get good at what they do.


The Hybrid Classroom
Yep, things are different.., but getting better every day!
In-studio feedback/ consultations
Covid-19 and it's assortment of variants have tested everyone, including educators, and most definitely changed the way we do things, but has also really shown us what we CAN do, when we simply MUST make it work for our students. 

Personally, I think a lot of good has come from so much awful. We are cautiously making our way back to in-person learning. (so far so good!)
Broadcasting class via zoom to multiple studios

All students/ faculty etc. are fully vaccinated , while continuing to wear masks for each other.  Masks remain required in all instructional settings ie: classrooms, labs and studios.
 Peer P.O.C (proof of concept) feedback

Peer group design analysis work

 We've been working constantly since Covid-19 hit, initially transitioning to online classes. lecture/demos and critiques, supported by real-time draw-overs along with the addition of more asynchronous learning content. 
More, group design analysis work, with me
Now, as we slowly make our way back, we're finding ways to do it all even better. Seneca has been providing support of all kinds, to faculty and students alike. From the President of the college, right on down the line to our FCAD Dean, our SCAA Chair to our Coordinators, and incredible faculty members! 
In addition to the above mentioned evolution in subject delivery, streamlined workload for students focusing on quality over quantity, are just a few ways we're meeting this opportunity - head on. With great student success!

Peer critiques have never been stronger, although I do miss the smiles.

Like Seneca, I view this moment very much as an opportunity to find ways to grow and evolve beyond what was, and become better. Do better. 
To make this experience a more positive, robust and fun time for our students to look back on, and feel good about, despite the adversity we've all had to face, together.
We're not just doing fine - we're doing well!!.. :)

Ahh, the good old days!.. We'll see our entire faces again, one day.

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It's a great privilege to teach. I consider myself most fortunate to be just one of the incredible artist/educators that teach and mentor these talented and creative young artists each day. I love doing what I do and being on the ground floor of this artistic journey with these fine folks. It's a great honor I take very seriously.

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Collaborating with these artists on a daily basis, helping them get where they want to go, is truly a labor of love and the reason why I am here. With 27+ years industry experience under my belt, and 18+ years teaching, I am uniquely qualified to mentor and guide each of my students on their specific chosen career path.

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I take great pride in celebrating our alumni successes and bragging about our graduates to pretty much whoever will listen.There's just no feeling on this earth like the satisfaction and pride you get as you watch your former student's names scrolling in the credits of a feature film or on TV. 

That same feeling, when you get to put your hard-earned money down on the counter, buying a comic or children's book that they worked on. It gives me a great swell of pride like no other.  

They made it! They're living their dream. I had a very small hand in helping them achieve that success. That's what makes all the work so worth it. SO WORTH IT!!

When people ask me what I've worked on lately, I drop a long list of Alumni names, and the films, cartoons and comics that my former students have worked on. THEY are who have been working on, lately!

(mic drop)

Enough about my perspective. To get a sense of what previous students thought of their time spent with me, please feel free to check out some generous Alumni testimonials here.


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