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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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

Do you want to make comics, but feel overwhelmed by your own dreams? Do you know your work isn’t good enough, but have no…

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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…

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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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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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Enter the Hidden Fortress — New Comics Class With James Turek This Fall!

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We’re thrilled to have cartoonist James Turek back and teaching at SAW this Fall. James draws comics, creates murals, and works as an illustrator and printmaker in Leipzig, Germany (learn more about James here). Last Spring he taught a terrific class at SAW called Wizards of Pinball, on inventive and practical approaches to making comics. This year, he’s offering a class called THE HIDDEN FORTRESS. in which students tap into…

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4CP Card Set out in wild.

The 4CP Cards I made in 2014 are heating up! Who knew? I didn’t! But there have been extensive writings about them, and groups using them for divination and Tarot. Hermenautic Tarot (Intro) And here’s a place you can buy them!

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Tarot Creation, Self-Expression, Bloodletting

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From aliza_einhorn I may just draw the Hanged Man over and over when I create my Tarot deck. 72 Hanged Man. Already I’m starting to think visually. And I’m the kind of person who will say: I don’t think visually. But already it’s starting and in the middle of the night I had a thought and the thought had an image that I wanted to draw. This is what my…

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SAW Online Fall Semester || Starts Sept 5

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SAW’s FALL 2017 SEMESTER  All classes start after Labor Day, free trials enrolling now! Inking Master Class One: Learn It Get in there and learn how to get over the fear of the brush and start inking like a pro! Through easy to follow visual-rich lectures, demos and work-at-home projects that have been successfully proven for years in classrooms, you will not only learn to see that what these…

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How do you start your story?

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HOW ABOUT KERMIT IS AFRAID OF THE THUNDER? With this, at 6:30 am, my 3-year old daughter announced it was STORY TIME, time for daddy and daughter to invent a story. At 6:30 in the morning, my instincts would have been, “Hi I’m Kermit, um I’m a frog” but she had great instincts. She knew the first rule: What surprises or upsets the main character? What puts the character…

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Silkscreening Workshop with James Turek

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  Are you curious about screen printing? Ever wonder how a band printed its own T-shirts in their van? Would you like to know more about how to create multi colored posters? Screen printing is the process of forcing ink through a stencil onto paper, clothing, etc. This class will cover the basics of screen printing for beginners or anyone looking to refresh their skills. We will cover how…

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You Can’t Do This in the Movies!

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Comics For Writers Hints #01 You Can’t Do This in the Movies! In Comics For Writers, I highlight 5 techniques that are unique to comics, and are tricks you can use to make your own work rich and vivid. Here are just 2 examples: #1, The Pan, or Polyptych (an explanation, from Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics.) Here’s one more, a classic from Jaime Hernandez: Look how we follow the main character’s…

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Thank You!

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(Above image by Dana Maier, from Emily Flake’s Gag Cartooning Class!) Hi everyone! It’s only been 6 months since we started taking our courses online and you’ve been great in responding with terrific engagement and work. When I started this school, it was to empower people to express themselves through visual and sequential art, so thank you! Here’s a quick celebration and sampling of some of what you’ve been…

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Feeling Anxious? Part 1

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Feeling ANXIOUS? Nervous about the world? Unsettled, like everything is about to SQUASH YOU? Join the club! Comics has long been an artform of ANXIETY. A way for artists to express their fear and frustration with society, technology, war, disasters, death and any other horrible thing. Below are some of my favorite examples. It’s all in a PDF in our FREE ONLINE RESOURCES, too. A classic one from Popeye! Thimble…

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