Year-Long Program

Come to SAW's intensive, affordable, year-long program in and sharpen your vision in Gainesville, FL.

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Apply here for the 2017-2018 year-long program in comics.

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Work for Clients

Hire SAW to create vivid, smart comics, animated shorts, book illustrations, or create visual learning materials.

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Justine's Thoughts

Commit to your art and define yourself with all your heart. Blog posts by Justine Mara Andersen, our life-changing drawing teacher.

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SAW Year Long Program

How can you make your work better? How do you become an artist?  The SAW Single-Year Program Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic…

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Online Classes

We are updating our online courses every day! Please click here for our online offerings. In our classes we’ll take you from inspiration and…

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We at SAW are happy to help non-profits, public agencies, etc. help get their message across. Contact us if you’d like help with your…

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One time donation to help us keep comics accessible to all: (click above to donate)  Or offer a sustaining donation to the cartoonists of…

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Early accepted applications will receive 10% off year’s tution


This year, we are going out of our way to make the school student-centered. We’ve added a governing board of entirely students and former students, and we’re offering scholarships and discounts for early applications. This year, for 2018-2019, we’re offering 10% year-long base price to those who apply before March 1. Apply here to learn more!

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SAW Art Show: World Aids Day

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We’re proud to be hosting an art show of finalist art to the HIV / AIDS Graphic Novel Contest Words & pictures combine to tell the stories of those living with AIDS and HIV. The comics created by the finalists of UF Health Science Center LibrariesAIDS/HIV Graphic Novel Contest will be shown Friday Dec 1 from 7 – 10pm at the Sequential Artists Workshop to commemorate this important cause. Facebook event:…

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Why an Art School Alternative?

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We created SAW to be an alternative or supplement to art school, one with a small institutional foot-print to keep things intensive and affordable for the student. We are 5 or 6 practicing artist/teachers and no one behind an office desk. (Though we could use that sometimes!) Our space is a little bit grubby. We sometimes have to move furniture and building supplies around to do our figure drawing….

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Inking day!

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Inking day (or the first in a while!) Inking day! Always a joy to introduce REAL INK to students. There is nothing like it. Markers are not alive. Ink is a force you work and flow with. It’s like swimming.  

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Announcing Julia Gfrorer, March 2018


Announcing Julia Gfrorer at SAW March 5-9, 2018 Julia Gfrorer‘s comics are unmistakable, singular visions–narratives that ache with longing and despair, as poignant in their silences as in their actions. Whether she’s drawing stories about persecution in ancient Rome (“Palm Ash“), a dying sailor adrift in the ocean (“Black is the Color“), a supernaturally touched widow in a plague-ravaged city (“Laid Waste“) or an excruciating pornographic retelling of Poe’s…

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Make Your Own Tarot | Make Your Own World

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Make Your Own Tarot Make Your Own World A NOTE FROM ALIZA: The other day I asked on my Facebook what everyone struggled with the most. And a couple people said money and a couple people said love but most everyone said they feel stuck.  Interaction with the Tarot – and with our class!  is going to help get you unstuck and get your creativity flowing again. The very act of…

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Justine’s Journey to SAW

Justine's Thoughts

You can see more of this post at Justine’s website, here. THREE: The Art Of “What The Lions Saw”: Justine lands in Gainesville Mike Lenz, a Blues musician and formidable guitarist from Akron dumped some truth on a mother who wanted advice for her son. She asked him, “What advice do you have for a young guitar player and musician?” Mike said, “Work hard, learn all he can, sacrifice,…

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Instant Success!

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Instant Success! Our 4 upcoming online courses maybe be in-depth, but you will learn RIGHT AWAY. What will you learn from  Aliza Einhorn, Justine Andersen, Jim Higgins, and the Snakes Community? Here’s what I learned instantly from these teachers… Aliza Einhorn Aliza told me to pay a little less attention to the Major Arcana (I was obsessed). Instant success!  The Minor Arcana are so deep!She told me the 4s are often cards of…

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Our teachers are my teachers

Jim Higgins

The Teachers who Teach Me I’ve been lucky since building my own school because I get to hire teachers WHO TEACH ME.It’s fabulous! What Jim Higgins, Justine Andersen & Aliza Einhorn have given me is what I want to share with you. JIM HIGGINS Jim was an editor at Vertigo when I was just finding my way through the comics industry a little bit. I remember he called, and said he’d like to try some new things there,…

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