Includes FREE entry into future SmArt School Art Prize competitions--where your work can be seen by more art directors, gallery directors, & editors + cash prizes. See our Instagram feed for past contests
Email us your art if you're wondering if you're ready for this class
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You can audit this course as an observer for $495. Click Here for more info.
*The mentorship runs for 14 sessions. SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students with as much lead time as possible and add a session to the end of the calendar. Some weeks off are also scheduled into the calendar, see the 'Courses' main page for details. ALL CLASSES MEET LIVE and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time.
For beginning students and advanced students. Set yourself apart as you develop a whole new way of illustrating. The mentorship environment will focus on gaining the confidence necessary to experiment. Students will be encouraged to explore a wide array of materials and approaches, from surprising uses of ink to intriguing integrations of traditional and digital tools. Students will find new ways of thinking about the construction of narrative images. They may find a distinctive personal vision that surprises them. Beginners will build a solid foundation from which to grow in their own unique way. Experienced students in Sam’s class often pass over creative thresholds and start working in new ways that become a signature style for their career.
Sam has taught for many years at one of the top art schools in America. His class is also informed by his vast experience in many areas of illustration, from being an assistant art director at the New York Times, to doing extensive book covers, comics covers, magazine covers, magazine interiors, institutional illustrations, editorial illustrations, and advertising work.
Though Sam doesn’t work directly for the gaming industry, the students who take his class are just as likely to be hired by gaming companies in the future. Every illustration client is looking for an artist with a distinctive vision.
Towards the end of the semester a high level art director guest will visit the class and see student work.
After taking this class students will also receive the option of a free profile on the Alumni Portfolios page. Visit the Alumni Portfolios page and type a teacher's name into the search bar to see some of the artists who studied with that teacher.
About Sam Weber
Sam was born in Alaska, grew up in Ontario and has lived in New York City since 2003. He was assistant art director for the New York times for more than two years and continues to enjoy connecting with the vibrant illustration community in the city. His client list includes: DC/Vertigo Comics, Tor Books, Orbit Books, Penguin Books, Simon and Schuster, Random House, W. W. Norton Books, Scholastic, Little, Brown, & Co., The US Postal Service, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Canada Post, The Walrus, Business Week, Spin, Flaunt, Playboy, Universal Films, Sony/BMG, ESPN, The Criterion Collection, The Folio Society, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His awards include gold awards from the Society of Illustrators and from Spectrum Illustration Annual.
What students are saying about this class
My mentorship this spring with Sam Weber was one of the most rewarding experiences in my art career. Sam cultivates such a supportive and positive environment while teaching incredible skills. Take his class! Lauren Raye Snow@laurenrayesnow
Sam I learned so much in your class. You really meet each student where they are at. You're attentive, intuitive, thoughtful and damn talented as both artist and educator. Thanks for the art-wisdom you shared and congratulations to anyone who signs up for your class! Elijah Boor@allitbd
What an incredible class it was! I learned so much...All of the other students were so great and supportive of one another. I really didn’t want it to come to an end. Lara Dann@laradann
"To anyone thinking about joining Sam Weber's class--just want to step in and highly recommend it, especially for those people who might need a perspective quite different from the normal--I found Sam's input to be quite refreshing, and far different than most other teachers I have had. His range of knowledge is very useful, and his attitude as far as what art is is very refreshing..." DC McNaughton @dcmcnaughton
Sam,Thank you very much for such a great learning experience! Your class has really helped me improve my work. Sam's class was so awesome!!!! Anieken Udofia@aniekanreloaded