About Sugoi Arts

WE HAVE LONG NOTED that virtually every master artist of the past received detailed and comprehensive instruction when they were young. Even artists far back in history were trained as apprentices prior to themselves attaining any notoriety. Michelangelo worked as an apprentice drawing hands and feet for years prior to his master allowing him to work independently. More contemporary artists like Picasso, Matisse and many others attended formal art schools where they were taught how to draw and paint according to the standards of the day. At SUGOI ARTS, our approach is to teach children the skills needed to draw and give them the confidence to see themselves as "artistic" regardless of the career path they choose. If everyone had just a bit of the skill and soul of an artist, the world could be a more beautiful place.

SUGOI ARTS PROVIDES drawing and fine art instruction to students ranging in age from toddler to adults. Our curriculum driven program is designed to teach to the strengths and abilities of general age ranges, however our class sizes are limited and small so we can focus on the needs of individual students as well. Our program and class structure encompasses a comprehensive presentation of core concepts and developmental skill building projects built around student friendly topics and drawing subjects. We offer classes that are specific to elementary, middle-school, and high-school children, intermediate and advanced level students, and even students who are developing portfolios for further study in art schools and colleges. We also have adult classes for people looking for personal enrichment and individual skills development.

We do no fundraising campaigns and receive no discounts or tax breaks available to non-profit organizations. All of our revenue is generated by classes and workshops. The value of our classes and quality of instruction is considered by many current and past student families to be among the highest in the region while our tuition remains competitive with all other community arts and music programs. 

Our Mission

OUR MISSION is to provide the highest quality drawing and fine art process and technique instruction to children, teens and adults. We will always endeavor to accomplish this goal by creating a safe, supportive and non-critical environment for students. We believe that everyone can benefit by learning foundational drawing skills whether they intend to use them in their careers or as a means of personal self-expression or enjoyment. Art is one of the oldest and highest accomplishments of mankind. We can think of no better purpose in life than to teach the skills that allow people to express themselves artistically even if their careers lead them elsewhere.

Founder

Laura Anderton studied art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the School of Visual Arts in New York and Warwick University in England. As well as running the manga drawing program at Sugoi Arts, she has taught "how to draw" classes at countless anime conventions and for local libraries. Her art has been displayed in numerous galleries, as well as being published in books and magazines.