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News from SAW
The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida has been teaching students, hosting visiting artists and promoting comics to our widening local and global community. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to this past month, as well as a list of upcoming classes and events.
John Porcellino Visits Guides and Leaves
King-Cat cartoonist John Porcellino came to Gainesville for March 5-9 and taught a great week-long workshop to 13 students from all over the globe. One came from Australia, one came from Gaza, the rest came from all around the US. All wanted to tell stories from their life, to refine their observational skills and learn John’s secrets of rhythm, poetry and simplicity. The results were terrific. Everyone made a mini-comic, several had life-changing experiences. A celebration party at the end was attended by dozens of Gainesville artists and fans.
One student says “Taking a workshop with John Porcellino was a wonderful experience. He is a generous, honest, and creative teacher who gives readily to his students, whether advice or life stories… Nice venue too with that wonderful Florida light streaming into the studio. And the place is chock full of comics and inspiration!”
Another adds “I feel so incredibly blessed to have had this John Porcellino workshop and SAW experience/community and to have met my classmates/new friends. This past week has been a life-changing experience for me.”
Our Year-Long Program
Join the SAW community! SAW is dedicated to turning students into artists. Our year-long comics-making program is designed to give students the fullest experience possbile in finding their stories, gathering skills and inspiration, and refining their voice. Here at SAW we’ve created a space and community designed to do just that. Our experienced teachers are all working artists and also teach at the University of Florida or nearby Santa Fe College. Tom Hart taught at SVA in New York City for 10 years and Leela Corman is the creator of Unterzakhn, described by Publishers Weekly as “beautifully drawn and hard to forget.”
Our program is modeled after some of the best programs in the country and is offered at an affordable first-year only price. We’re in conversation with many potential visiting teaching artists and are gathering additional artisitic resources in the community for a rich vibrant learning experience. Gainesville is a great small city full of artists of all kinds, art shows, outdoor events, great food and coffee. We love this place, that’s why we came. It’s the perfect place to be an artist.
Learn more about the year-long program here:
5-Week Teen and Pre-Teen Class Starts this Saturday.
Our Teen class at The Doris Center on North Main Street begins This Saturday, March 24 and runs for 5 weeks from 10am-1pm. Click here to register at THE DORIS.
Our 5-week Pre-Teen class open for 9-12 year olds starts March 24 from 1:30-3:30 and is held at SAW. Click here to register your pre-teen for the class.
Summer Teen Classes
SAW is running a two-week intensive class from June 18-June 29 that will run Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm each weekday. Learn more about it here:
Book Release Parties at SAW
Andre Frattino – The Reaper of St. George Street – Sat, March 24
Join us at the Sequential Art Workshop (SAW), in downtown Gainesville, to celebrate Gainesville cartoonist Andre Frattino’s new book about ghost hunters in St Augustine: The Reaper of St. George Street. Andre is also the staff cartoonist for the UF student newspaper The Alligator. Copies will be available for purchase and the Andre will be in attendance to sign them.
Leela Corman – Unterzakhn. Friday, March 30
Unterzkahn by Leela Corman: Join us Friday March 30 7 pm-10 pm for a retrospective of Leela Corman’s art and the book release of her major new work from Pantheon/Shocken,Unterzkakhn. Leela’s work is lavish, her ideas big and her inspirations many. Publishers Weekly says “the story of Fanya and Esther’s struggles is beautifully drawn and hard to forget.” Click here for Facebook Event
Leela goes on a major book tour to on the east and west coasts immediately following. Click here for more info.