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SAM WEBER --Conceptual Illustration--Friday 3pm-6pm ET, starts March 10, Special Guest: Adam Auerbach, Art Director at Berkley / DAW / Penguin Random House
JILL THOMPSON --The Essentials of Comics and Sequential Art--Tuesdays 3PM-6PM ET, starts March 7, Special Guests: Andrea Shea, Editor & Writer at DC Comics AND Brittany Holzherr, Editor & Writer at DC Comics
DAN DOS SANTOS --Science Fiction & Fantasy & Book Covers---Thursday 7pm-10pm ET, starts March 9, Special Guest: Isaac Stewart, Art Director for Dragonsteel Entertainment
GEORGE PRATT-- Gesture & Atmosphere in Graphic Novels & Illustration—Monday 12pm-3pm ET, starts March 6, Special Guest: Chris Duffy, Executive Editor at Union Square & Co
WINONA NELSON --Gaming Illustration and Character Design—MONDAY-- 3:30pm-6:30pm ET, starts March 20, Special Guest: Lake Hurwitz, Principal Visual Development Artist at Wizards of the Coast
WINONA NELSON--Gaming Illustration and Character Design--THURSDAY--11am-2pm ET, starts March 23, Special Guest: Lake Hurwitz, Principal Visual Development Artist at Wizards of the Coast
GREG MANCHESS & SCOTT FISCHER Team Teach--Comic Covers, Book Covers & Dynamic Storytelling--Thursday 2pm-6pm ET, starts March 9, Special Guest: Thomas Jenkot, Senior Art Director at Wizards of the Coast
SCOTT FISCHER-- Dungeons & Dragons Art---From Concept to Cover--Wednesday 1pm-4pm ET, starts March 8, Special Guest: Kate Irwin, Senior Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast
SCOTT FISCHER- Dungeons & Dragons Art---From Concept to Cover--Wednesday 8pm-11pm ET, starts March 8, Special Guest: Kate Irwin, Senior Art Director for Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast
MARTIN WITTFOOTH--Blender from a Painter's Point of View—MONDAY--7pm-10pm ET, starts March 6, Special Guest: Nicola Verlato
GREG MANCHESS --New Mentorship!---Composition as Story—Tuesday 7pm-10pm ET, starts March 7, Special Guest: Lauren Panepinto, Creative Director at Orbit Books
DONATO GIANCOLA-- Narrative Integration--Wednesday 4:30pm-7:30pm ET, starts March 8, Special Guest: Christine Foltzer, Art Director at Tordotcom Publishing
CYNTHIA SHEPPARD --Illustrating the Emotional Narrative--Monday 8pm-11pm ET, starts March 6, Special Guest: Zack Stella Art Director at Wizards of the Coast
CYNTHIA SHEPPARD--Illustrating the Emotional Narrative—Tuesday 8pm-11pm ET, starts March 7, Special Guest: Zack Stella Art Director at Wizards of the Coast
Calendar Information for spring 2023
Classes will run for 14 sessions starting during the week of March 5, 2023. There are no planned days off in spring semester but 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 classes end in mid 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 12, 2023.
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.
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.
We are an artist-run school. We understand the need for creative community. 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.