Frequently Asked Questions

Classes & Workshops

I want to take a workshop, where do I apply?

You don’t need to apply! Our workshops are open to all, and are beginner friendly unless otherwise noted. For Low Residency workshops, we get in touch with each participant to find out what they want out of their workshop experience. This enables us to customize the curriculum. 


What’s this sliding scale thing? How much should I pay?

We aim to keep our classes and workshops affordable (cheap!) so everyone, from all backgrounds, communities, and walks of life can participate. Please pay what you can. If you can afford to pay a little (or a lot) more, you can help us make fantastic SAW learning experiences accessible to students in need…  and you’ll help our little upstart indie art school grow and thrive.


I can’t really draw—is that OK?

Yes! Comics is about much much more than rendering realistic scenes and characters! We’ve seen newcomers make original, visually compelling comics stick figures, abstract forms, found materials, and collage. We’re here to help you tell your story, in whatever way you’d like.


If I’m coming for a week, where can I stay? How do I find housing? 

Gainesville is a major university town and as such, very friendly to students and visitors. A quick web search should turn up number of local hotels, a hostel, and several bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of SAW; there are also plenty great spots listed on AirBnB. There are options in all price ranges.

Or Couchsurfing.Org, here.  Or AirBandB, which has spare beds and bedrooms in various houses, check them out here:–FL

This FACEBOOK Group has young people in Gainesville looking for apartments, rooming situations, etc.

This one is particularly queer-friendly:

If you’re having trouble finding housing, contact we may have some leads for you.

The Low-Residency Workshops - What happens on each day?

Our typical weeks look like this:
- Introductions by myself and Justine. Introductions of everyone and their projects to date (some will have lots, some will have none, and both are ok!) Then a small story generating exercise perhaps.
Tuesday - Story exercise led by me, then work time in afternoon.
Wednesday - Art and illustration lecture and exercise led by Justine, then work time or extended demonstrations in afternoon.
Thursday - A short visiting artist talk and then work time.
Friday - Work time, production, sharing and clean-up.

Hmm, still thinking about it—what are the deadlines for signing up?

There are no hard deadlines for registration for workshops. However, our low-residency weeks and artists workshops may also fill up fast—early registration is advised. Keep an eye out for early-bird discounts and other special offers.