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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10 bucks : $10.00 USD – monthly20 bucks : $20.00 USD – monthly50 bucks : $50.00 USD – monthly   Keep inspiring students in…

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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. A classic one from Popeye! Thimble Theater, by EC Segar. That’s how I feel these days!  …

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Learn to Draw ANYTHING with Sidney Davidson

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New class starting August 21st at the Sequential Artists Workshop! Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm Drawing Strategies with Sidney Davidson When Sidney proposed this class, he said, “It’s difficult to find resources on drawing from the imagination that are easily comprehensible. BUT there is tremendous freedom and satisfaction in the ability to draw whatever you want from any angle you want.” Sidney’s Drawing Strategies class will teach you:  -how to draw…

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Sitting on a treasure trove of research and true stories? Jess Ruliffson’s Non-Fiction Comics Course

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Are you sitting on a treasure trove of research? http://sequentialartistsworkshop.thinkific.com/courses/non-fiction-comics Do you have too many good true stories or interviews? Wondering how to start turning these sources into the rich combination of words and pictures of comics? In this course I will personally walk you through moving from rich research material to rich graphic storytelling. We’ll survey examples and examine what works well and what doesn’t in comics, and I’ll show you…

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All Obstacles Will Be Removed When You Get Here

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Our year-long student Maxine said this: “All Obstacles Will Be Removed When You Get Here” and I laughed, Ha ha, right! But our regular visitor and student Deanna said “it’s true” and then they went back and forth, discussing the obstacles they’d seen removed once someone got to SAW. “You remember J?” She said. When his ATM card stopped working and he was eating nothing but rice and tea…

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ONLINE OPEN HOUSE! June 5, 8 pm!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/272078976595870/ Ever wish you could see SAW for yourself? Peek inside the crazy comics clubhouse that is the Sequential Artists Workshop this Monday for a Facebook Live Open House. You’ll meet Tom Hart, SAW founder and author of the NYT best-selling graphic memoir Rosalie Lightning, plus SAW students, alumni and other cartoonists who make up our vibrant community. During the Open House, SAW cartoonists will show you our drool-worthy…

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Metaphrog and Thi Bui in Gainesville May 24 and 30!

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Two exciting evenings with great creators coming soon! May 24 2017, John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs, or Metaphrog. Their new book is a beautiful adaptation of The Little Mermaid. This event is at the Milhopper Library. https://www.facebook.com/events/1958370027733020/ Read more about Metaphrog here   And May 30, 2017 Thi Bui’s amazing new graphic memoir is about her family’s flight from Vietnam during the Vietnam war. A stunning story that makes…

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