Goodbye and Best Wishes | 2017 Retiring FAAD Faculty

It is with mixed feelings that the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design bids farewell to long-standing faculty members Leslie Butler, Gillian Chubb, Brenda McCrank, Michael Peters, Mark Simon, and Patrick Young.
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Sheridan Illustration Graduate and Faculty Featured in CBC’s Exhibitionists Series

Congratulations to Sheridan Illustration faculty Hyein Lee and graduate John Soleas on their recent individual features in the CBC’s Exhibitionists Series. Hosted by Amanda Parris, Exhibitionists is a series of 30 minute profiles focusing on individuals who create, why they do it and the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada. Read More

Art Fundamentals Professor Valerie Fulford discusses her work with Loving Vincent – the First Fully Painted Feature Film

Merging the iconic Impressionist style of Vincent van Gogh with the magic of animation, Loving Vincent, the first fully painted feature film to be created seeks to bring the vibrancy, mystery and turbulence of the artist’s life and work to the big screen. Read More

Art Fundamentals Faculty Todd Barsanti Merges Design and Sustainability at ClimaCon 2016

cvjdggzwyaq5ppjCongratulations to Professor Todd Barsanti for exhibiting his recent work at the 2016 ClimaCon Conference in Ottawa.  A graduate of the Graphic Design program at Sheridan College, Todd is an award-winning designer with over 20 years of industry experience. Read More

Sheridan Faculty, Students and Alumni win multiple awards with Craft Ontario

Since 1981, Craft Ontario has awarded their prestigious Craft Awards to recipients who have proven to be accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice. The program assists makers in various stages of their careers through professional recognition, as well as financial support for further training, studio development and supplies. This year, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Craft Ontario hosted an exhibition of recipient work that was on view at the John B. Aird Gallery. During the Ceremony, twenty outstanding recipients we awarded over $32,000. Read More

Sheridan Bachelor Programs Study Abroad @Italy Student Exhibition / 2017 Course Trip Information Session

botelho_italy1This past May and June, 26 students from Bachelors programs in Illustration, Animation, Photography, Interior Design and Craft & Design participated in Sheridan Bachelor Programs @Italy, a unique study abroad opportunity.  Currently on view in the A wing Showcase hallway is the process and production of their amazing efforts. Read More

Sheridan’s Indigenous Youth Skateboard Summer Workshop


In the summer of 2016, the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth. Read More

Acknowledgements & Thank Yous | Sheridan FAAD Retiring Faculty | 2016

FacultyAllThreeAs the school year comes to a close again, the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design would like to acknowledge several members of our enthusiastic, creative and dedicated team who are stepping down this year. Read More

A farewell and thank you to Lucas Casaletto

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“Today, March 31, is Lucas Casaletto’s last day as FAAD’s social media co-ordinator. He has served our Faculty well for over a year.

During that time Lucas developed numerous stories and blog posts, updated our Facebook page, our Twitter and Instagram pages.

His kind and gentle personality will be very much missed. Wishing you best of luck Luke on all your new social media and blogging adventures!”

– Ronni Rosenberg

Vladimir Kabeik – Best Wishes in your Retirement – Sheridan will Miss You

I can remember the exact moment we ruined Vladimir Kabeik.

Vlad the enforcer, Vlad the Impaler, whom Sheridan parents threatened their children with if they did not go to bed or misbehaved. Vlad from FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN PRAGUE (FAMU) who was the guardian of everything precise, professional and on time. For 27 years he led quality control at Sheridan, until we ruined him.

Her name was Natalie. She was young. She had red hair with the personality to match. She like Vlad, was a rebel. One day, Natalie stood up on the long desk in S235 and proceeded to chastise the essence of the Professor Kabelik experience using quite rebellious language.

Crisis! What to do!

Some time afterwards, Sandy and Vlad and I met with Natalie in A100 to discuss this outburst, trying to reach some accommodation between these two– the demanding professor and the entitled student. They were both resolute and immoveable in their positions. So for the sake of peace in our time, we found a solution. After that he was never the same. It was the beginning of the end. He knows whom to blame of course, and he reminds me of this in the documentary course we have been teaching together now for three years. My personal purgatory continues with this speech, which is my great pleasure to give today, the task of saying a few words about my incomparable teaching and professional colleague, my mentor and my great friend– Vlad Kabelik.

30 years

60 terms

12,600 classroom hours

How many hours developing a student’s vision, guiding the workflow and the quality of a student work, standing on sets, advising in the editing room, listening in the audio studio?

How many students taught and mentored and then guided into the most competitive of industries?

How many colleagues, past and present– here I am thinking of Richard Leiterman and Gary Freedman–did he work and generously collaborate with, advise and befriend?

What has Vlad contributed to Sheridan in 30 years?

How do you quantify the excellence and reputation and integrity to Sheridan resulting from his enormous contribution?

It can’t be assessed in “SWFable” dollars, so I will list some of his character traits and let you sum it up for yourselves.

Vlad is visionary and demanding. Many students over the past 30 years have initially feared his cold analysis and criticism. They then learn to value his insights and crave his approval. They respect him and appreciate his honest efforts to challenge them to achieve excellence. Vlad is an artist. Visual self-expression drives him. His film and photographic work and the humanity he brings to the work speak for itself. Vlad is a rebel. He questions authority in any form that carries little or no vision, or soul or nuance. But he helped construct Sheridan film and television; he is a foundation voice and co-creator to Sheridan’s future media endeavours. Vlad is opinionated and stubborn, principled and kind. No student can easily fail on his watch; no former student with a bipolar disorder can be abandoned and left to starve in the streets because of jurisdictional rules. This is a life philosophy. So in this way, Vlad is opinionated and stubborn. The idea of such a situation, of walking away is not an option for him.

Students, faculty and staff know he possesses such positive values and we are better because of this. Cheryl Verlander said to me today that she met him only two weeks ago but felt she knew him well, so great was his reputation and admiration in our community. Vlad has been my good friend for many years and he has taught me and so many of us a wonderful life and professional lessons. And he is a funny guy.

I don’t know how this can be quantified except to say the Sheridan community is grateful for Vlad Kabelik. Thank you Vlad.

I wish him and Eva every happiness in this new juncture of their lives.

You know of course Vlad will continue to teach in the graduate film program so again, this is not goodbye but a new direction, I think.


-Jean Desormeaux