The Sawtooth School is located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, NC, the “City of Arts and Innovation.”  A nonprofit funded partner of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the Sawtooth is housed in the Arts Council’s Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

As the only community art school in Winston-Salem, the Sawtooth plays an integral role as the “incubator” for visual artists, art lovers and art collectors.  We offer a broad range of classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced.   In addition to our adult classes, we have a very strong youth program that provides age-appropriate courses throughout the school year as well as art camps during the summer months.

Many of our faculty members are professional artists and craftsmen who produce and exhibit their own work.  We keep our student-to-teacher ratio low to allow plenty of hands-on learning from our instructors.  Our smaller studio classrooms provide an ideal creative environment.

In addition to art instruction, the Sawtooth serves the community by exhibiting art throughout the year in the Eleanor and Egbert Davis Gallery.   Annual events include faculty and student shows along with various other thematic installations. The Sawtooth Shop, adjacent to the Gallery, sells a variety of handcrafted items produced by the local and regional artists who teach classes at the Sawtooth School.


The mission of Sawtooth School for Visual Art is to strengthen our community’s creative core by providing high-quality instruction and hands-on visual art experiences for students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.


Sawtooth School for Visual Art will be recognized as the regional leader in community-based visual art education by providing unique and inspiring experiences, sparking creativity and encouraging connectivity throughout the region.