Do you NEED to devote yourself for a year to your art, but haven't had the chance?
You’re not alone.
Going at it alone is hard.
Going at it with the wrong tools, in the wrong place is hard.
We've been through it
Justine Mara Andersen, our star drawing teacher, had her mentors tell her she wasn't good enough, and she should go back to college. Determined to show them otherwise, she studied and studied and became a master, eventually working with DC Comics, Lucasfilm, Wizards of the Coast and much much more.
Our founder Tom Hart quit college to forge his own path with a cohort of like-minded artists in the early 90s. He has since become a New York Times #1 bestselling author. He says "SAW is the school I wished I went to."
Everyone at SAW has at one time or another had to struggle with the same questions and dilemmas, and we’ve all found answers.
Our faculty can share them with you through our unique blend of mentorship and comics-specific curriculum.
At SAW, We Change Lives.
Testimonials about the SAW Instructors
- Welcome from Tom Hart FREE PREVIEW
- What is SAW? An alum made this comic. FREE PREVIEW
- What is SAW? - Video FREE PREVIEW
- Why an art school alternative? FREE PREVIEW
- What do I tell my loved ones (When I tell them I want to go to a community run arts school)? FREE PREVIEW
- Quick tour of the library and studio FREE PREVIEW
“SAW has been the single best decision I’ve made for my creative career. It is run by some of the most generous, accepting and insightful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. My classmates were equally inspiring and an absolute joy to be around. I still use what I learn almost every day, and continue to reap the benefits...”
“SAW was everything I needed, in the right place at the right time. I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I learned from some of the most dedicated, compassionate people I’ve ever met, with 9 wonderful classmates. If you’re thinking about going there, feel free to talk to me.”
“I travelled ten thousand miles from India to study at SAW. I’ve lived in five countries before, and I can tell you there is something special about the people at SAW that is rare anywhere in the world. My experience here has been invaluable. I have learnt so much about cartooning, art, nature and life. ”
“I think back on my time at SAW almost every day, the amount I got out of my year there is amazing… I’d probably have quit comics without Tom and Justine’s guidance. I think a lot about how much I’d get out of taking the full-year program again.”