Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com!

Fun, affordable Seattle classes!

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Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com! Our program was established in 2002. We offer over fifty fun, affordable “classes in the arts,” including drawing painting, writing, acting, filmmaking, cartooningcalligraphy, collage, singing, guitar playing, beauty & glamour makeup, FX makeup, photography, photoshop, wordpress, Comedy, SEO, Screenwriting, and dozens more. To start exploring our course offerings, CLICK HERE or scroll down!


About our program

  • Classesandworkshops.com is an independent educational program. 
  • We were established in 2002. 
  • We offer fun, affordable noncredit classes in drawing and painting, writing, acting, music, filmmaking and other subjects.
  • Most of our classes are held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.  
  • Many of them are co-sponsored by the U.W.’s Experimental College.  
  • Classesandworkshops.com is a division of 123classes.com

You can ALWAYS sign up for classes!

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter, during which enrollments are not processed.

For example, when spring classes fill up (in most schools), it may be a month or two before summer classes are listed.

When we designed our program, we did away with that gap. This means that on the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active  for the same class for the following quarter.

For example: if the spring session of “Widgets for Wabbits” begins on June 1, the summer session of “Widgets for Wabbits” opens up for enrollment on June 2 (literally the next day). 

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So you don’t have to wait weeks for the next round of enrollments to begin. You can sign up any time, for any of our classes.  

Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up. 

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FAQ!

Are these online classes?
Or held in a classroom?

They are in-person classes, held in classrooms in the greater Seattle area. We are hoping to add several online courses in the future. Workin’ on it

Are your classes for adults or kids? 

Our Seattle classes are open to everyone 18 or older. We don’t (yet) have classes specifically for younger folks, but may in the future.

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Note: Though they’re aimed at adults, some classes also work for younger students. If a student is under 18, and is interested in a course, please contact us before enrolling to make sure the class is a good match for his or her needs.

How can I find out if a class has openings?  

If a class fills, it will be marked FULL, and the registration links will be deactivated. If the links work and you are able to sign up, it means there are still openings.

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When will I receive a confirmation?  

You should receive two confirmations by email within five minutes of signing up.  One will be a record of your payment, the other will have driving directions and parking information.

If you don’t see both emails, please check your spam folder.  If they’re not there, please contact us so we can resend them.

Are your classes accredited? 

No, they’re non-credit courses for personal enrichment. This means the focus is on having fun and learning a new skill, rather than on tests and grades. 

Co-sponsored classes!

Some of  your classes are “co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College.“*  What does this mean? 
If a class is co-sponsored, it means that you can sign up for it through our website or through the Experimental College. 

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Are there advantages to signing up through Classesandworkshops.com? 

Yes, there are several:

  1. Our registration fees are lower.
  2. You can sign up sooner, since the classes open up for enrollment several weeks earlier on our site. This means you are more likely to get into the class.
  3. We’ve streamlined our registration system to make it simpler and faster to sign up. If you sign up through the Experimental College, you’ll pay one fee to the school when you enroll and another fee to the teacher.  If you sign up through us, there is just one fee.
  4. Some classes are only available through our program.
  5. In sum, it’s faster and easier to sign up through our program, and will save you money.

* The Experimental College is a non-credit program of the University of Washington, run by the ASUW.

Does this mean that your program is a branch of the Experimental College?
No, they are totally separate programs. We’re not part of them and they’re not part of us.  We just both advertise and accept enrollments for some of the same classes.

Student Comments!

BEGINNING ACTING: 

…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


CRASH COURSE IN FILMMAKING 

…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.

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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.

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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


 DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES: 

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)

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SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION 

“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

For more student comments and reviews, see the individual class pages.

Let us know what you think, and what you’re looking for!

We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in. If there’s a class we don’t offer that you’d like to see in the future, please let us know.

Feel free to drop us an email with any questions or thoughts. See you in class! 

- Nils Osmar, Director

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NOTES AND NEWS!

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updated 2/27/2015:


What’s new!


How to find classes!

There are several ways to find classes on our website. You can use the upper menu, or search by category or date in the sidebar. Or just click on the links below:


Sneak peek at future class dates!

Like planning ahead? We list our classes online as soon as they’re scheduled, even before enrollments open, to help people plan. For a “sneak peak” at upcoming class dates, CLICK HERE!


Certificates of Completion!

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We offer Certificates of Completion in several subjects:

We offer over fifty different classes, in topics ranging from drawing painting to writing, actingfilmmaking, cartooningcalligraphy, collage, singing, FX makeup, photoshop, wordpress, Comedy, Screenwriting, and dozens more.  To find the classes you’re looking for, click the links below:


Today’s featured classes!

We offer over fifty different classes. The ones below are featured today:

Start Writing Your Novel!

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Thinking about writing a novel? Get off to a good start in this class!  We’ll look at character, plot and story structure, and do some in-class writing exercises to get you rolling. For more information, or to sign up now, CLICK HERE!


WordPress for Beginners

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Looking for a Seattle WordPress class that starts at the beginning, and teaches you how to build your own website, step by step? Whether you’re a blogger or doing ecommerce, WordPress is a great way to go. This class will give you the tools to build your own fully functional website, using the popular WordPress platform. For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay

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Whether you want to make jewelry, mosaics, bookmarks, or just about any other small item, this class will get you off to a great start. Polymer clay is fun, affordable, and flexible. You’ll learn how to make lovely jewelry items for yourself, or to give as beautiful home-made gifts to a friend.  For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


SEO: Proven Ways to Improve Traffic to Your Website

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can make the difference between 100 people finding your website, or 100,000. For businesses, good SEO can result in improved web traffic and sales. For bloggers, it can increase the number of people who read your blog. In this class you’ll learn how SEO works, and how to optimize your website so that Google will be more likely rank it higher in its search engine result pages. The competition is using SEO – you should too!  For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Mixed Media Collage!

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Explore your creative side! In this enjoyable class, you’ll learn photo transfer techniques and ways to work with magazine images or xeroxed and laser printed photos of your own. You’ll learn how to take assorted weights and kinds of papers to make a great collage.  Learn simple ways to create interesting textures and patterns using rubber stamps, acrylics, gel mediums, household spackle and other art supplies.  More info: CLICK HERE!


Cartooning 101

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Looking for a fun, step-by-step introductory Seattle cartooning class?  In this enjoyable class, aimed at beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before. You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters & moreFor more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Figure Drawing for Beginners!

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In this fun, step-by-step introduction to figure drawing, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy method, even when you don’t have a model to look at. You’ll learn about shading, muscles, hand, feet, drawing male and female figures, and how to show the figure in action. Total beginners welcome! 

For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


1: ACTING 101 (Beginning Acting)

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Acting is fun! In this enjoyable introductory class,you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Plus: warm­ups & theater games, improv, scene work, and info about Seattle’s film & theater scenes.  For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE 


Start Writing Your Screenplay

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In this Seattle screenwriting class, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, and have opportunities to write some short scenes and scripts, workshop them in class, and get feedback on your writings.  We’ll focus on plot and structure, script formatting, dialogue and action, and how to write an effective and marketable script.  

For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Improv 101: Improvisational Acting

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Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start. You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure.  For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Adobe Premiere! Video Editing for Beginners

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Are you new to video editing, and interested in getting off to a good start?  In this class, you’ll learn how to use Adobe Premiere to edit videos effectively. Course covers:

  • the basics of video editing: invisible cuts, b-roll, footage importation, timeline management, etc
  • when and how to use (or avoid!) visual effects & custom transitions
  • color correction
  • audio cleanup & leveling, transcription, and addition of music & sound effects
  • how to export and digitally distribute your movie
  • how to get access to Premiere and other Adobe apps at a reasonable cost

For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Singing for Beginners

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Anyone can sing! Singing for Beginners is a fun, affordable introduction to voice training and singing, and is open to everyone. This Seattle singing class will teach warm-ups and relaxation techniques, healthy breathing and voice placement, and get you off to a good start.  You’ll get individual assistance from an experienced instructor who is also a professional singer.

For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE


Drawing Faces and Portraits

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In this class students will learn how to draw faces and portraits using an easy step-by-step method.  You’ll learn how to draw male and female faces… front views, side views and other angles… facial expressions… and more. You’ll learn how to draw realistic, believable faces when you don’t have a model, and also how to get a good resemblance when you’re drawing from life or photos. For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE!


Photography 101

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Looking for a Seattle photography class that covers all of the basics in an easy, understandable format?  In this fun, four-week photography class, you’ll learn about:

  • lenses, lighting and composition
  • how to use your camera in manual and automatic mode
  • how to use key camera features to give you the results you’re looking for
  • how to shoot beautiful photos in natural light
  • and more.

For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE


2: ACTING 102: Intermediate Acting

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Intermediate Acting is a follow-up for students who’ve taken the Beginning Acting class and would like to continue learning and improving. Exercises include working on emotions and objective. Plus: more improv, skits and scene work. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills.  For more information, or to sign up now – CLICK HERE