New adult classes in Fall 2016


We’re offering two optional classes this year for adults. Check below for specific dates. All classes will be at SAW’s new location, unless otherwise noted. Tuesdays: Drawing on Location with Jess Ruliffson Gainesville becomes our classroom in this observational-focused drawing class. Students will choose to pursue study of figure and perspective in either gestural or formal techniques. Emphasis is placed on connecting with visual perceptions and recognizing drawing habits. Teacher will…

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Our New Instructor, Jess Ruliffson


We’re so so happy to have Jess Ruliffson here from New York to start teaching at SAW. She’s been teaching an amazing intro to comics class in summer 2016 and will be teaching gouache painting and non-fiction comics in the 2016-2017 school year. Ruliffson is and award-winning cartoonist currently interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars for a full-length graphic novel. She’s given lectures and workshops at The…

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Summer Evening Classes at SAW, May 31-July 13

Jess Ruliffson

New adult classes in JUNE 2016 We’re offering two optional classes this year for adults. Each class will run 7 weeks from the week of May 31-July 13 ———————– COMICS BASICS! with Jess Ruliffson Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 – Acclaimed illustrator/cartoonist/comics journalist Jess Ruliffson joins us from New York to teach this summer’s Comics Basics Class. Learn the basics of visual storytelling, and create a short comic story by the end of the class. 7…

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The Odyssey of Sergeant Brennan

  We at SAW are incredibly proud to have packaged and contributed to this book. Written by the genius Bryan Doerries, drawn in part by SAW’s Justine Mara Andersen and Jess Ruliffson, lettered co-colored by SAW’s Sally Cantirino and co-edited and packaged by Tom Hart, this is an important book we hope everyone will see and share. The Odyssey Of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, Joëlle Jones and various…

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Interview with Tom Hart

Thanks Jordanne Lourito for stopping by and interviewing me for a class project! Her website can be seen here:

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Thursday Night Cartooning Class with Kurt Wolfgang

We’re opening up some of our intensive courses for enrollment from the general public, and first up is Kurt Wolfgang’s class, Thursday nights 6:30-9:00. You’ve probably seen his work all around town, on T-shirts for Maude’s Sidecar, The Top, Pop-a-Top, Crane Ramen, etc. His amazing and inventive comics have been published since 1996. You can see his Tumblr here: This class is an intensive 15 weeks,  from Aug…

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Thank you to the SAW teachers

I want to thank here the many fantastic teachers who have walked into my life here at SAW, whose role I could never have predicted when I began thinking about the place in 2010. These great teachers and inspiring artists have made SAW a haven, a beacon, a caldron – a place for students to work hard and learn this form. Justine Mara Andersen First, my amazing friend Justine…

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