I recommend the SAA to anyone I meet who may be interested in art. They offer a very efficient service and they have a vast extensive range of products at reasonable prices. They send out a great magazine very informative, covering all aspects of art, and competitions. I get so excited when I see a parcel arrive, it's the best!
I enjoy reading the articles in Paint and seeing what art other people produce. I have been pleased with the products purchased from the SAA shop and the speedy delivery, especially the option to say where parcels should be left in the event of being out at time of delivery. All in all I'm very happy with the SAA and hope they continue to grow and encourage artists from beginners to professionals. The Regional Art events are fantastic providing an opportunity to see the professionals in action.
I have been with this firm now for two years and I would recommend them to anyone. I take mental health carers for art and do it voluntary The carers love the products which are excellent quality and good value. The carers art group meet once a month and they love it. When I first started the only colour they used was black and white and they had not picked up a paint brush since they were at school. And now their lives are full of colour and they paint with passion. Thanks to the SAA who have helped me to achieve this.
I can get better quality materials elsewhere, this is especially important for canvases and brushes. The membership service overall is very good though and the free delivery which goes with it is very helpful. Also the customer service is very responsive where problems do occur.
I realy like the society's website, I am able to see what other people are producing and there is a wide range of abilities which is encouraging. Everyone enjoying painting and having a go. I like to see others having a go at someones painting or photo and seeing the wonderful variety in interpritations and viewpoints. The shop is good although I havn't been able to buy anything from there recently, I hope to in the future. I havn't given it 5 stars only because I cannot access any of the competitions or tutores (something to do with it not liking my email), but I hope to iron out those glitches soon. Over all a great site and magazine.
The SAA offer the best customer service , from the moment I receive their magazine and catalogue to the delivery of art material I have ordered the whole process has always been a smooth transaction. They should be very proud of their genuinely helpful staff, nothing is too much trouble.
My sister and I both joined SAA on the same day and live at the same address. The SAA thought (wrongly) that it was only one membership and despite us having different names and dates of birth decided to delete one membership without bothering to double check with us. Took ages to sort out the confusion. My membership pack came in my sister's name (she got 2 packs) and when I later placed an order that also came in my sister's name. I was on the point of not bothering and left my sister to phone again and try and get the SAA to get our details straight. very disappointed with their administration. Not bothered too much with website since and haven't placed any more orders. Never got a proper apology.
I joined 24 years ago and I`ve never regretted it,In fact the service has got better over the years,to make a point I sent for acrylic inks,something I`d seen in" paint"a magazine that "SAA"send out to all members alternate months,as I was saying I phoned,lets say wednesday midday it arrived next day,Icould`nt believe it,but thats the SAA for you,where else can you get such service,it`s wonderful.
I have been a member for many years and seen the SAA grow from when the catalog was a few pages long (still hade great bargins tho'). The informative magazine has just got better and better, especially the articles on 'how to use all sorts of mediums' which they often have on offer in their catalog.. The catalog now offers many things that I can't buy locally at excellent prices and orders are dispatched promptly. However the best thing I got out of being a member was the art group that was started in Margate under the umbrella of the SAA and is still going strong 10 years later
The best of everything,top class magazine packed with info,teaching,and lots more.top products at best prices,and will match the price of any other outlet as I have done.free postage with price discounts for members on all orders,and very fast delivery.insurance benefits for member artists,art shows,,and lots more.the best choice an artist will make.
I have found SAA's products to be extremely good quality and competitively priced, but more importantly the customer service is top notch. If I order on line, I invariably receive my order the next day. On the rare occassion that there has been a problem with a product, the SAA customer service team has sorted it out for me. I can not recommend them highly enough.