Fun, affordable Seattle classes in the Arts!

To view classes open for enrollment, click the links below:


Classes starting this month:

Wednesdays April 16: Acting 101: Beginning Acting (4 meetings)
Wednesday April 16: Video Editing using Premiere Pro April 16-April 30)
Thursday April 17: American Sign Language sec. 1  (5 meetings)
Saturday April 19 : Drawing for Absolute Beginners (3-week class) 
Saturday April 19: Learn Photoshop in 3 weeks(3 meetings)
Sunday April 20: Cartooning 101 (1-day workshop)
Sunday April 20 Intermediate Acting (4 meetings)
Thursday April 24:  Start Writing Your Screenplay  (5 meetings)
Saturday April 26: Mixed Media Collage sec. 1 (1-day workshop)
Sunday April 27: Cartooning (intermediate level)  (1-day workshop)
Monday April 28: Calligraphy (2 meetings)

Classes starting in May:

  • Dates shown are START DATES:

Thursday 5/1: Search Engine Optimization   (3 meetings)
Sunday 5/4:  Acrylic Painting for Beginners  (1 day workshop)
Saturday 5/10: Crash Course in Filmmaking  (5 meetings)
Saturday 5/10: Let’s Make a Movie  (5 meetings)
Sunday 5/11: Figure Drawing (1-day workshop)
Mondays, 5/12: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy (5 meetings)
Wed. 5/14: Intermediate Acting Wednesday section  (4 meetings)

Fridays 5/16: Acting 101: Beginning Acting  (4 meetings)
Sunday 5/18: Acrylics Painting (intermediate level)  (4 meetings)
Sunday 5/18: Acting 101: Beginning Acting (4 meetings)

Tuesdays 5/20: Start Writing Your Novel  (3 meetings)
Thursday 5/22: American Sign Language sec. 2  (4 meetings)
Sunday 5/25: Mixed Media Collage sec. 2 (1-day workshop)
Sunday 5/25: Learn to Draw in a Day! (1-day workshop)
Wed. 5/28: Stand Up Comedy!  (4 meetings)
Sat. 5/31: Watercolor painting (1-day workshop)

Classes starting in June:

  • Dates shown are START DATES:

Sunday June 1:  Drawing Faces and Portraits (1-day workshop)
Sunday June 1Drawing and Painting Flowers (1-day workshop)
Sunday June 8:  Acting 102: Intermediate Acting - Sun. section (4 meetings)
Sunday June 8: Acting 103: The Next Step (4 meetings)
Sunday June 14: Colored Pencil Drawing (1-day workshop)
Monday June 23:  Writing Fiction and Short Stories (5 meetings)
Saturday June 28: Auditioning workshop (1-day workshop)
Sunday June 29 Acting 101: Beginning Acting  (4 meetings) (no class on July 6)
Monday June 30: WordPress for Beginners (3 meetings) was established in 2002.  We offer classes and workshops in a wide range of topics, ranging from drawing and painting classes to acting, auditioning, filmmaking, cartooning, video editing, novel writing, screenwriting, WordPress and Photoshop, collage art, jewelry making and more.  For more information about our program, reviews of some of our courses, and the answers to frequently asked questions, please scroll down. Or click the links above or in the sidebar to start exploring our course offerings.  

NEW CLASSES! Looking for something fun and different? Check out the classes below, taught by Ron Reid and Jaime Troy Nicolaisen:

  • Class 1055:  Beginning Stand-Up Comedy - three meetings to practice and learn about stand-up, then a performance at a comedy nightclub in Seattle!
  • Class 5060 : Songwriting 101 - fun times! Learn how to write songs in this Seattle songwriting class.

Student comments about our Seattle classes

…I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W. – Robert C., Hollywood

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)

“I have enjoyed your class. You have been providing great direction for what to look for in SEO and things that you can do to improve anyone’s rankings…. I liked the presentation style, very good information.” – Jim Hopper, Seattle

“The exercise you did using one of your own websites as an example, and showing how the right changes could raise it in the search engine results, was really helpful.” – E.W., Tacoma


..I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to the other students and to thank you. I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials. I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me. I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.  I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!    I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class.- J. Vega

(More reviews can be found on the individual class pages.)


Frequently asked questions!

Who are you guys? And how long have you been around? is an independent educational program, offering classes in a variety of subject areas. We were established in 2002.  Our Seattle classes and workshops are for personal enrichment, not for university credit. That means you can focus on having fun and learning a new skill, without having to worry about about tests or grades.  You can take individual courses just for fun, or take several courses in the same subject area to earn a certificate of completion.

Our philosophy is that everyone is creative. We all have an impulse to write, draw, paint and express ourselves in other ways.  It’s fun to learn new things.  Step-by-step training and instruction can help.

Where do the classes meet?

Most of our Seattle classes meet on the University of Washington campus, a few minutes from downtown Seattle. (Some meet at North Seattle Community College, or in Bellevue, Washington.  Check the course description for more information.)

Are these online classes, or held in classrooms?

Currently all of our classes are held in classrooms in the greater Seattle area. We are working on adding several online courses; look for them some time in 2014.

Who are your instructors?

Our instructors are professionals in their fields, who are also skilled at teaching. You can find a list of our instructors and information about their backgrounds, at this link.

What makes your program different?

It would be hard to answer without listing all of the schools that offer classes in Seattle, and describing each of them in detail. But these are some of the things which are true of our program:

  1. Our mandate is to deliver high quality instruction at an affordable price.  Signing up is as easy as clicking on a “Take Class” link, filling out your contact info,  and making your payment online.

  2. One thing that may be unique about our program is that you can ALWAYS sign up for our classes.   (There’s never a “down time” between quarters when you have to wait for registrations to begin.) On the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active (for that class) for the following quarter. 

  3. For example: if a spring quarter session of a class begins on June 15th, the summer quarter session of the same class will become available for registration on June 16th (the day after the spring class starts.)  So you can always sign up for an upcoming class. (You can check the dates for upcoming classes on this page.)
  4. We’re small and locally owned, and plan to stay that way.  Our program is growing as more people hear about us, and we will be adding additional courses in the future.  But our plan is to stay small and connected to the Seattle community.

How do the certificate program work?

We have certificates in several subject areas.  You can either take classes individually, just choosing the ones that look fun or interesting, or take several courses in a subject area if you would like to work toward a Certificate. Working for a certificate can be a fun and satisfying way of demonstrating to yourself and others that you’ve accomplished a goal and learned key information related to a subject area.  If you’d like more information please click here.

How do I sign up for a class or workshop?

You can sign up online, or by phone or mail.  If you have any questions or run into difficulties using the online system, feel free to email or call us.

How soon will I receive a confirmation, after signing up for a class?

You should receive a confirmation by email within a few hours of registering. If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder.  If its not there, call us at 206-420-1309 or drop us an email and we’ll resend it.

Do you offer financial aid?

No, sorry, at this point we don’t. If we should add that option in the future, we’d advise students to approach it cautiously, since student loans can become problematic for some students.  Our goal is to keep our classes affordable so there’s minimal need for loans to take them.

Why is there a discount for University of Washington students (and not for other students?)

Many of our classes are co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College, which is run by the ASUW (Associated Students University of Washington).  The ASUW’s policy is to offer a discount to UW students. To stay in line with this policy, we offer discounts for UW students.

Does a person have to be a University of Washington student to sign up for your classes?  Or are the classes open to everyone?

Our classes are open to everyone 18 or older.  You do not have to be a UW student to enroll in our classes.

What is someone is younger than 18?  Can they still sign up?

If a student is under 18, the parent or guardian should contact us before signing them up to make sure the class is a good match for the young student’s needs. To check on a specific class, call 206-420-1309 or email us. The classes are designed for adult students, but some also work for younger folks.

How old are most of the students in your classes?

It’s different every quarter, because anyone over 18 can sign up. But the ages tend to range from as young as 18 years old, up to past retirement age.

Some of your classes and workshops say they’re “co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College.  What does this mean?

If a class is co-sponsored by and the UW’s Experimental College, it means that you can either sign up for it through our website, or through theirs.  There are some advantages to signing up through our program:

  1. Our registration fees are about 20 percent lower.
  2. Classes are listed here weeks earlier, so if you sign up through our web page you’ll have a better chance of getting into the class.
  3. When you sign up through our program, the portion of your fee that is owed to the U.W. is automatically forwarded to them. (You don’t have to make separate payments for the course fees and registration fees, as students do when signing up through the E.C.)
  4. So it’s simpler, easier, and quicker, and saves you a few bucks, to sign up through our website. is a Limited Liability Company operating independently in the state of Washington.  We are not part of the University of Washington or the Experimental College.  We just co-sponsor some classes with them. Think of it as similar to “Coke” and “Pepsi” co-sponsoring a sporting event. (Except that we’re a million times smaller than them :)

How can I make sure that a class still has openings?

If a class is full, the take class links will be removed. If they’re there, there are openings.

Thank you for visiting the website.  Your thoughts, feelings and opinions are welcome.  We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what kind of art you’re doing or thinking about doing, what sorts of classes you’re looking for.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions or thoughts.

- Nils Osmar, Director