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We Teach Comics! 

The Sequential Artists Workshop is a grassroots, non-profit comics school and creative community. We teach people how to tell stories and make comics in Gainesville, Florida, USA… and around the world via our online courses and resources.

A Space for Comics to Grow

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The Sequential Artists Workshop is a 501 (c)3 non-profit grassroots comics school and creative community. We teach people how to tell stories and make comics in Gainesville, Florida, USA… and around the world via our online courses and resources.

In 2011, acclaimed indie cartoonist Tom Hart founded SAW to help aspiring cartoonists from all backgrounds, identities, and walks of life to make great comics. SAW’s Comics Intensive is high-quality, very affordable alternative to expensive art schools. Over 200 students have studied in our low-cost programs, whether at weeklong workshops, in evening classes, in our full-year comics intensive, or through our online offerings.  

At SAW we help budding cartoonists discover their own path in visual storytelling. Students learn core comics techniques like storytelling, character creation, panel design, storyboarding, inking and lettering. In addition to a enthusiastic, supportive community of artists, resources at SAW’s headquarters in Gainesville, FL include studio space, a well-stocked comics reference library, a risograph printing station, and first-rate instructors armed with knowledge, talent, experience and generosity of spirit.

 SAW's first graduating class celebrates in the sun and Spanish moss. 

SAW's first graduating class celebrates in the sun and Spanish moss. 

SAW brings celebrated cartoonists from around the world to Gainesville to lecture, teach workshops, and exhibit their work. We host art shows, draw jams, talks, and other events, helping to make Gainesville a vibrant oasis of creativity in the region. Through a variety of online offerings, from courses to one-on-one instruction to comics mentorship groups, we’ve made the unique SAW experience available around the world. 

 

From founder Tom Hart

I 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.

I created SAW to be the school I could never find. When I was a young artist in the late 80s, I wanted struc- ture, schooling and mentorship, but couldn’t find it in the higher education art schools. Those felt like factories for a different kind of person than I was. What I wanted was a little weird.Who goes to school to tell personal stories in comics in 1987?

For 20 years I studied what it meant to be a cartoonist. I read the best work I could, and wrote, drew and published the best work I could, I met as many people in the art form and industry as I could, and ultimately wound up teaching at the same art school I dropped out of 15 years earlier. I taught there for 10 years. During some of that time that I was nominated for numerous awards, had a high-paying job at a NYC advertising firm, and even helped relaunch the US 20-dollar bill.

in 2011, I moved to Gainesville and founded this little school. I left New York because I didn’t like the commercial nature of it. I wanted to go deeper into my art practice. I wanted to help others become artists.

When you come to SAW, you get an experience living among artists, in a supportive town, among other students who have come to SAW and haven’t left, and among teachers who are working every day,

Our board members include educators, many past students, an activist for the Florida Springs and may others who see SAW as a way of making the world a better place.

My belief had been and continues to be that art school should train us to be the people we want to be.We use our art training to bring ourselves into existence.A good art teacher teaches us to access our power, and to also to raise our expectations of what we can see and do. A good community keeps us accountable.

 

 SAW founder Tom Hart in 2012

SAW founder Tom Hart in 2012