Free entry into art prize competitions where MORE great art directors see your work. We have held these competitions every six months since July 2020. (mentorships above beginner level)
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GREG MANCHESS--Composition as Story—-Mondays 3-6pm ET, starts March 4 --New Time--Special Guest: Jim Zulick AD at Easton Press
GREG MANCHESS & SCOTT FISCHER--Team Teach--Comic Covers, Book Covers & Dynamic Storytelling--Thursdays 2-6pm ET, starts March 21--Special Guest: Kate Irwin, Senior Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast
SAM WEBER--Signature Style--Wednesdays 11am-2pm ET, starts March 6
MARTIN WITTFOOTH--Imaginative Realism—-Tuesdays 11am-2pm ET, starts March 5 --New Class--Special Guest: Ken Harman, owner/founder/director of Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery, Harman Projects, and Spoke Art--ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT
DAN DOS SANTOS--Iconic Imagery for Covers, Cards, & Advertising---Thursdays 7-10pm ET, starts March 7--Special Guest: Isaac Stewart, Vice President of Creative Development at Dragonsteel Entertainment
WINONA NELSON--Gaming Illustration and Character Design--Wednesdays--9pm-12midnight ET, starts March 13--Special Guest: Ryan Lesser, Art Director for CD Projekt Red
WINONA NELSON--Gaming Illustration and Character Design—Wednesdays--3:30-6:30pm ET, starts March 13--Special Guest: Ryan Lesser, Art Director for CD Projekt Red--ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT
SCOTT FISCHER--Dungeons & Dragons Art---From Concept to Cover--Wednesdays 1-4pm ET, starts March 20--Special Guests: Emi Tanji, Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons, PLUS Kate Irwin, Senior Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons--ONLY 1 SPACE LEFT
GEORGE PRATT--Gesture & Atmosphere in Graphic Novels & Illustration—Saturday 10am-1pm ET, starts March 9 --New Time
ERIC WILKERSON--Drawing Skills/Beginning Illustration--Mondays 11am-2pm ET, begins March 4 --Special Guest Artist Matthew Stewart --CLASS IS FULL
SCOTT FISCHER--Dungeons & Dragons Art---From Concept to Cover--Wednesdays 8-11pm ET, starts March 20--Special Guests: Emi Tanji, Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons, PLUS Kate Irwin, Senior Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons--CLASS IS FULL
CYNTHIA SHEPPARD--Illustrating the Emotional Narrative--Mondays 4-7pm ET, starts March 4 --New Time-CLASS IS FULL
CYNTHIA SHEPPARD--Illustrating the Emotional Narrative—Tuesdays 8-11pm ET, starts March 5
--CLASS IS FULL
The core of SmArt School is our mentorship program. These are highly interactive small groups working for 14 weeks with a renowned artist who also brings a high level industry professional into class to review student work towards the end of class.
Smart school perks
We are an artist-run school. We understand the need for a creative community that continues beyond class time. So we do all kinds of extra things to broaden student's educational opportunities, professional contacts, and publicity.
Every student who enrolls in a full mentorship also gets a FREE Course Audit. It's almost like getting two courses for the price of one. You get to watch another course for free. More about course audits here.
Every student who completes a full mentorship beyond the beginner classes also has the option to have a free portfolio on the Alumni Portfolios page.
All alumni with portfolio pages can also join competitions where industry professionals, such as Art Directors or Gallery Directors, review alumni work. The competitions are free for alumni.
We also have an Alumni News page where we broadcast the successes of our alumni.
We also regularly broadcast alumni achievements on our Instagram Check it out! It has lots of fun work by emerging and established talent.
email@example.com Send images of your work if you're wondering if you are ready for a mentorship, or if you wand guidance on which mentorship would be best for you. Feel free to ask any questions at all about our programs and how to enroll.
CALENDAR INFORMATION FOR spring 2024
Classes will run for 14 sessions starting during the week of March 3, 2024. Planned dates in which there will be no classes are: May 26-June 5 Our teachers are all working professionals who may need to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify everyone and add a class to the end of the semester. Most mentorships will end in mid or late June.
All classes meet live. All class times are listed in US Eastern Time--the time zone of New York City. This time zone observes Daylight Saving Time. For international students it is wise to look up how Daylight Saving Time may influence class time. Daylight's Saving Time will begin in our time zone on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
Course audits have also become a popular item. In a course audit an artist watches a full mentorship as an observer. Learn more about course audits here.