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Our first round of testimonials, for Tom Hart’s Storytelling Flow From Storytelling Flow: “I’m really pleased with how quickly a (somewhat) cogent plot has developed from minimal voluntary invention on my part. …Another thing that is interesting about this is that it’s started me sketching again, which I honestly have not done to any great degree in probably five or six years.” – Theodore Malian   “It’s a lot more…

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My favorite teacher, Justine

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Meet Justine, my favorite teacher. Justine came to SAW in 2012 and showed me her jaw-dropping portfolio and books. I’m a pretty lousy artist myself, but I know masterful work when I see it.I hired her to teach drawing at our school and we’ve been colleagues ever since. And she’s taught me so much. She helped me with my memoir, Rosalie Lightning, and just this week, helped me to…

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Struggling with the Details in your Drawings?

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If you’re like me, you struggle with details and clarity in your drawings. When I met Justine Andersen in 2012, suddenly I had a mentor to help me. She is a brilliant artist and a generous teacher and I immediately hired her at my school to cover ground I couldn’t: the masterful control of space and technique in a drawing. Justine says: Have you ever wondered how to get more…

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Upcoming classes and Workshops!

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Upcoming Classes and Workshops! Get Your Worry On! We’re super excited to announce our spring workshop visiting artist will be Laura Park! Feb 27- Mar 3, 2017 Critic Rob Clough says, “Park is unquestionably one of the most skilled cartoonists around. She’s best known for illustrating other people’s projects for a living, but her own autobio comics are at once funny, heart-breaking and sharply observed. Her self-caricature is one…

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Jess Ruliffson Speaks at the Alachua County Library

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SAW teacher, Jess Ruliffson, will be speaking at our local library on her work with veterans and portrait painting. RSVP on Facebook here. Comics at the Library: Picturing Veterans Stories with Cartoonist Jess Ruliffson Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 1pm-2pm Alachua County Headquarters Branch Library 401 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 Award-winning cartoonist Jess Ruliffson has spent the past five years interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for…

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Our Spring Visiting Artist Workshop: Laura Park!

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We’re super excited to announce our spring workshop visiting artist will be Laura Park! Feb 27- Mar 3, 2017 A master of autobio comics, watercolor, lettering, and inking, Laura Park will help you refine your technical and storytelling skills during her weeklong workshop at SAW. The workshop will be heavy on demonstrations and exercises, with one-on-one critiques. Here’s a few snippets of what Laura will cover during the workshop:…

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New adult classes in Fall 2016

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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

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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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