Adult Classes

New adult classes in Spring 2017 2016

We’re offering several optional classes this winter for adults. Check below for specific dates. All classes will be at SAW’s new location, unless otherwise noted.


Comic for Writers
5 Tuesdays March 14 – April 18, 6:30-9:00 PM

Tom Hart will be teaching this class specifically for people who already have a regular writing practice. We’ll be doing lots of comics experiments to learn how to use the visual medium in a rich way.

I Love Writers!

I’ve met a lot of writers who want to do comics. There are so many worries and things to think about. Do I show but not tell? How many words should I use? Every sequence seems to take so long.

It takes a little work but with some training, you can do it, you can learn to think like a cartoonist/graphic novelist. Not just transferring words and plot into pictures, but using the dynamic interchange of words and pictures in sequence to enliven your story.

My Comics For Writers Workshop is a series of exercises designed to help you find your way and your voice with comics.

We’ll adapt some prose to start, then we’ll create mini-stories from silent pictures. We’ll examine the myriad of ways to depict action in time. We’ll mix in text in a variety of unique ways to explore the potential of comics.

And we’ll use what you’re good at (writing) to make good, well-written comics.

Words and Pictures, Images and Thinking

Some of my favorite graphic novels and memoirs are very wordy, and succeed on the power of their writing. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Art Spiegelman’s Maus both come to mind.

My own memoir, Rosalie Lightning succeeds (if it does at all) on the power of the thought and emotion behind it, not on skillful drawings.

These books use words and pictures together, but are also examples where thinking, writing and structure lead the way.

With just a little help, you can make great work like this too.



Limited to 8 students.

Sliding Scale – Ability to Pay


Our individual faculty members are also available for single workshops in drawing techniques, etc. Please contact to inquire about those.


12 thoughts on “Adult Classes

  1. I absolutely love SAW. It was fun and relaxing and a wonderful experience. I attended their two week teen summer program creating a six page comic which was displayed at one of the Art Walks. SAW is a sanctuary for budding artists who can learn the basics or for those artists like myself are a little rusty 🙂

  2. I’ve had my eye on this program for about a year now and have only just learned about these adult classes. I’m so hopeful to start taking them in the Fall but I have a few questions. Do the prices shown cover the entire semester or are they per class? What materials would I be expected to bring to these classes? Is the Comics Basics class from 6:30-9pm like the others? Is the Cartooning class open to beginners? Also is there an application process I would have to go through to take these courses?

    • Hi Aliya, Thanks for writing a comment. The prices above are for the course. In the case of Jess’s class, they are 7 or 6 weeks. In the case of Kurt’s, 14 weeks. There are no applications needed for these classes. If you sign up we would let you know what materials you need. The Cartooning Class is open to beginners, yes.

  3. I am interested in the gouache I & II courses – but at 60 years old, would I be out of place? I have been an artist most of my life, but always struggled with painting – go figure. also, what brand of gouache is required? (these paints are expensive!). I love the work that SAW shares with the city.

  4. Hi Pat-

    I don’t think you would be our of place at all. Eleanor Blair took our classes over the summer and loved them!

    As for materials, Jess will be publishing that shortly!

    Hope to see you there,

    Tom Hart@SAW

  5. My wife has always liked painting and drawing and now that our kids are a little older, she has a little more time to herself. I think that she would love to take a painting class like this one to help her expand her talents. It would also help her to be an example to our kids of how to be creative. I will talk to her about signing up for a class.

  6. Hello, Interested in your 7 week summer course. Can you let me know if this will take place. Also interested in the year long program starting in August/September 2017

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