Learn Photography, Video, Animation, Motion Graphics, Creative Coding and More.  We teach artists of all ages and skill levels how to make art with computers.  Join us for a wide range of programs including individual and small group lessons, as well as one-day and multi-day workshops.  Our approach integrates skills development using industry leading graphic arts, animation, video editing and motion graphics software with a foundational operating philosophy that nurtures individual creative exploration.

Bespoke Digital Arts Workshops for Schools, Community Groups and Education Pods

Are you interested in adding Animation, Video, Photography, Creative Coding or any combination of Digital Arts to your organization’s curriculum?  The Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop has been providing these services to creative groups since 2015, and we’re eager to partner with your school, community group, and/or education pod. 

If you have a group of aspiring digital artists who want to build their own learning experience – including adults and working professionals, and/or students (college, high school and middle school), please let us know and we will customize an experience that meets your group’s needs.  

One Day Workshops

Create a Digital Arts Special Event

We can work with your organization to make creative alchemy happen. Your students can learn to rig a 2D character, color correct their digital photos, creatively code a story or create a group masterpiece.

Weekly Courses 

Create or Add Bespoke Digital Arts Curricula to Your Organization

Provide your students with custom designed arts courses.  Choose from beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction on specific or interdisciplinary topics. 


After School Programs

Build a STEAM After School Program for Creative Kids

If you have a group of creative kids with energy to burn after school, let us help you build an after-school program to teach the next generation of content creators how to make art with computers.  

Supplemental Instruction & Coaching

Integrate Digital Arts topics into Existing Arts Programs

Explore the intersection between analog and digital arts through history and practice via supplemental instruction to existing arts programs.     



Private Lessons | In Person & Remote

Mike S. here… This Winter and Spring I am available for Private Lessons most days — call or email to check availability.  Learn Animation, Motion Graphics, Photography and Digital Illustration on your own time at your own pace. Lessons are available in your home (if local), online/remote or at a convenient community space or library.

The Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop is not just an art school – we are a full-service animation and motion graphics studio. Our characters, worlds and vision are available for licensing and streaming, and our unique set of skills are available for hire. Let us help shake up your brand!

Our Animation Characters Are Available for Hire!



The power or process of transforming something common into something special.

Potters master the wheel and clay; painters master pigments and brushwork; sculptors manipulate rock with hammers and chisels. Digital artists – which in 20212 include potters, painters and sculptors – are empowered by using and mastering software. At Saugatuck Digital Arts we believe that creative alchemy occurs at the intersection of craftsmanship and inspiration and that belief underpins our education philosophy.




Mike Stuttman

Managing Director | Educator | Artist

An animator, educator and digital arts evangelist, Mike is the Managing Director of the Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop. Reared on developer, stop bath, fixer and grains of silver on film — with degrees in mathematics (BA, CU) and computer art (MFA, SVA), and with over 20 years of advertising agency experience, he has been an enthusiastic participant in a content creation revolution that has irrevocably transformed the worlds of business and art.

Creativity, technology and education have been at the core of Mike’s personal and professional interests. He is a lifelong student — and an informed consumer of — technical arts education and has brought the best aspects of those experiences into his education approach teaching the craft behind making art with computers.