SAW is a place like no other in the American comics world right now.
A fully functioning two-leveled studio (see the panorama of activity below); a stocked library of inspiration, reference and history; a risograph printing station; and first-rate instructors full of knowledge, talent, experience and generosity of spirit.
At SAW we teach more than comics and graphic novels. SAW is a place you can come for a week or a year and forge your personal creative path in visual storytelling.
Our students in 2012-2013 made hundreds of pages of story and artwork, co-curated more than a dozen art shows, collaborated with dramatists and comedians to create original theater, printed and bound thousands of copies of books, attended festivals; worked for clients; and learned in close proximity from our staff of working artists.
“I’d say I left SAW feeling like I got so much more than I expected or understood I would get. I got a deep, personally catered fine art education in the fundamentals that can push my own work and style forward.” – Jared Cullum, week-long participant.
Your school and curriculum are fantastic…I honestly feel far more capable of writing something worth reading after a few classes … Also, Justine being so harsh is perfect. She actually teaches and builds on ideas. – Mike King, Philladelphia
See more testimonials HERE.
Read about our Year-Long Program HERE
Our Visiting Artist Workshops HERE
And our Week-Long Low-Residency Program HERE
Please check out our two videos about our school, below.
Hello from the Sequential Artists Workshop, or SAW. A couple years ago we had the crazy idea to open a school; an informal, but serious school, with a curriculum to match any anywhere, but without the baggage, the loans or the politics of higher education. This was the challenge. To create an outpost of support and learning in the comics world.
We’re here to educate students and support artists. And we’re asking for your help to make this upcoming year as amazing as our past year.
View our entire history here: http://sequentialartistsworkshop.org/wordpress/about/our-history/
We’ve taught comics to youth, adults, newcomers, to visiting students, and to artists and writers in other fields. And we’re proud of the amazing education we’re offering to our current full-year students, who are getting an excellent, full-time, intensive education in drawing, writing, reading, applied media, experimental projects and all things sequential art.
You can see our success from our testimonials:
“I’d say I left SAW feeling like I got so much more than I expected or understood I would get. I got a deep, personally catered fine art education in the fundamentals that can push my own work and style forward.” – Jared Cullum, http://www.hausohubris.com/?p=390
Best workshop I have ever participated in, hands down. I learned as a writer, a cartoonist, and as a teacher. …If you have any chance to participate in any of the various workshops, classes, or year-long studies at the Sequential Artists Workshop, you must! Tom Hart and Leela Corman have something special going on down there – as good a workshop as I’ve ever been involved with. – Justin Colussy-Estes
Your school and curriculum are fantastic…I honestly feel far more capable of writing something worth reading after a few classes … Also, Justine being so harsh is perfect. She actually teaches and builds on ideas. – Mike K, Philladelphia
You can see more here: http://sequentialartistsworkshop.org/wordpress/about/testimonials/
We’ve hosted more than a dozen art shows and book releases, highlighting the work of great, often underexposed artists like Tom Galambos, Derek Ballard, Caroline Paquita, Justine Mara Andersen, Andre Frattino and more.
Here’s a run down of our list of shows and events: http://sequentialartistsworkshop.org/wordpress/category/events/
We’re building the connections that artists need to thrive. We fostering creativity and talent in our students, and we’re taking on the challenge of connecting our artists and students to the Gainesville community, and into the larger community of comics artists.
We applied for a State of Florida Humanities Grant to document some of Florida’s amazing histories and folklore and are researching further into making this book a reality.
We’ve given TWO grants to comics creators, Jess Ruliffsson and Julia Gfrörer, with plans for six more.
We earned grants from a local community organization to furnish SAW and from the City of Gainesville to support a local fan convention.
We partnered with the Department of Defense to create a comics portal for returning veterans.
We teamed up with Departments of the University of Florida as well as the Harn Art Musuem and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
We’re currently working with Jenny Zervakis and John Porcellino to publish an omnibus of Jenny’s Strange Growths.