Digital Arts Education For All Ages


Mining Pixels Since 2015

Learn Photography, Video, Animation, Motion Graphics, Creative Coding and More in our downtown Fairfield art school.  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.

COVID-19 Update: We’re still mining pixels. Available for in-person lessons at a local community space near you… and broadcasting remotely from our virtual digital arts workshop.


Animation & Design Studio

The Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop 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!

The Story of My Cats | Auggie

A short film by Mike S. with Music by ElectraMuse

2021 Reel

[coming soon]


What's It All About?



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 2021 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 operating philosophy.

Who's In Charge?

Mike Stuttman
Founder and Managing Director

An animator and digital arts evangelist, Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of the Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, LLC. Reared on developer, stop bath, fixer and grains of silver on film — with degrees in mathematics and computer art, 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: He studied photography and animation at Rochester Institute of Technology; Videography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; Mathematics and film making at the University of Colorado in Boulder (BFA); and Computer Art and Animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York (MFA). He has brought the best aspects of those experiences into his education philosophy for the Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop – an art school that teaches the craft behind making art with computers.