Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com

Fun, Affordable Seattle Classes in the Arts

Now registering for Summer 2014 


is an independent educational program, established in 2002.   

We offer dozens of fun, affordable noncredit classes in a wide range of subject areas, including: drawing and painting, acting, filmmaking, music, writing, WordPress, Photoshop, and more.  

Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus (a few minutes from downtown Seattle). 

To start exploring our classes, click here.

Frequently asked Questions

Are these online or in-person classes?

Our current courses are 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. (If a student is under 18, please have the parent or guardian contact us first to make sure the class is a good match for the young student’s needs. But be aware that most of our students are adults.) 


How can I find out if a class has openings?  

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

When will I receive a confirmation?  

You should receive a confirmation by email within five minutes of signing up. (It will also have driving directions and parking information.) If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder.  If it’s not there, please contact us so we can resend it.

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. 

Find classes by TITLE - TEACHER - START DATE

Why is there a discount for University of Washington students?  

Many of our classes are co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, which discounts their fees for UW students. We pass along the UW student discount to UW students to be compliant with their policy. (Due to UW policy it only applies to students currently enrolled at the UW.)  

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?  

No, at this point we are not able to.  We are trying instead to keep our classes affordable enough that most folks will be able to afford them without needing financial aid.

Some classes are “co-sponsored by the U.W.’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. We collect the registration fees for those classes and pass them along to the University of Washington. (Some classes are co-sponsored, others are only available through our program.) 

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 are opened up for enrollment several weeks earlier on our site.
  3. We’ve streamlined our registration system to make it simpler and faster to sign up. (If you sign up through the EC you will need to make two separate payments. When you sign up through our program, you just make one payment.)
  4. In sum, it’s faster, easier, and quicker to sign up through our website, and can save you money.


How To Sign Up

You can sign up for our Seattle classes online, by mail, or by phone.  To sign up online (the fastest way), just click the “Take Class” button in the course description and fill out the payment/contact form.

Questions? Click here to contact us



Classes starting soon!

Saturday July 26 only:
Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay

Saturday Aug. 2, 9, 16: 
Learn Photoshop in 3 weeks!

Sunday August 3, 10 and 17: 
Drawing in Perspective

Sunday August 3, 10, 17: 
Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels

 Monday August 4, 11, 18: 
Drawing Faces and Portraits

Monday August 4, 11,d 18: 
Figure Drawing


Today’s featured classes

0039Student Comments


…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)

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION CLASS: “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

CRASH COURSE IN FILMMAKING …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

Sign up weeks earlier…

When we set up our program, one goal was to make it easier for students to sign up.

Most schools have a gap of several weeks during which enrollments are not processed.  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 15th, the summer session of “Widgets for Wabbits” opens up for enrollment on June 16th (literally the next day). 

So you don’t have to wait weeks or months for the next round of enrollments to begin.  You can sign up immediately, and be sure of getting into the classes you’re interested in.

Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up.


Thank you for visiting! 

nils1112233333Thank you for dropping by our website.  

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 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