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

Every Picture Tells a Story Online Course

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

James Turek Hidden Fortress

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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Tarot Creation, Self-Expression, Bloodletting


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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Silkscreening Workshop with James Turek


  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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