Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com!

Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com!





About Our Program!

Classesandworkshops.com is an independent educational program located in Seattle.  We were established in 2002.  Our classes are noncredit, meaning that the focus is on having fun and learning, not tests or grades.  Most of our students are adults, but some classes are also open to kids. 


All of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle (… except for one! The Stand-Up Comedy class meets at North Seattle College and has its last meeting at a comedy club).  Many of our courses are co-sponsored by the ASUW (Associated Students University of Washington) Experimental College.

We offer dozens of fun, affordable classes in drawing and painting, writing, acting, cartooning, calligraphy, singing,  guitar playing, WordPress, filmmaking, Photoshop, photographyfilm and stage makeup, and more.  To see all of our Seattle classes, click here.  


Our philosophy

Our philosophy is that being creative is a natural part of life. Anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent” — and when you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.  If you’d like to have fun and start learning a new skill, we’re here to help.

Fun, focused classes

Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.  Either way, our focus is on giving students a concise and solid introduction to a subject.  Many introductory classes, such as Acting 101, have follow-up classes (such as Acting 102, Acting 103, Let’s Make a Movie) that students can take, if they would like to keep learning. 

You can always sign up!

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not processed. For example, when spring classes end for the quarter (in most schools), it may be a month or two before summer class dates become open for enrollment. 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. (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). 
students attending classes in SeattleThis means that 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 Seattle classes.  Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up. 

Dozens of fun, affordable classes in Seattle!
Questions? Check out our FAQ!



Beginning Acting, Acting 102, Acting 103

…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


“…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website.

Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson” 

Crash course in Filmmaking, Let’s Make a Movie

…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


SEATTLE ART CLASSES: Drawing for absolute beginners 

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)


SEATTLE SOFTWARE CLASSES: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

“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 comments and reviews about our Seattle classes, see the individual class pages.  See also: More info and reviews

Today’s Featured Classes!

Learn to Draw in a Day!

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A one-day version of our popular “drawing for absolute beginners” class. The same exercises and lessons as the weekly version, all in a single day. Come join us to have fun, spend the day drawing, and learn the basics of drawing in a day! (Note: If you are looking for the three-week version, see Drawing for Absolute Beginners).  Sign up for either section below.  ➩ MORE INFORMATION ➩ SIGN UP NOW! 

  • October class – when and where:  

    Learn to Draw in a Day - January class
    Sunday January 31, 2016 only
    10 A.M.-4:30 P.M. (1 meeting)
    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • November class – when and where:  

    Learn to Draw in a Day - Feb. class
    Sunday Feb. 28, 2016 only
    10 A.M.-4:30 P.M. (1 meeting)
    University of Washington (Seattle)


Class 10.60 _____ STAND UP COMEDY


In three class sessions followed by a public performance, students will learn to learn to unleash their inner funny with confidence and skill.  Seattle has a booming stand-up comedy community, so there will be lots of opportunity to continue to use what you learn even after the class has concluded.

  • Where and when:   

    Tuesdays 7 PM-9:30 PM
. (Four meetings)
    Winter 2016 dates: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16
    Meetings 1-3 are at North Seattle College
    Last meeting is at a comedy club.

  • More information ➩ Sign up now

PRO MAKE-UP: Sculpting and Molding a Prosthetic


In this class students will learn how to make a professional-grade prosthetic, using a life mask as a foundation. (To get the most out of this class, you should also take Pro Make-Up 2, Life Mask Making.) Whether your objective is to make vampires, zombies or old age characters, you’ll learn the foundation technique needed to make it look real. Great for actors, filmmakers and fantasy-lovers.  ➩ MORE INFO ➩ SIGN UP NOW!

  • When and where: 

    PRO MAKEUP: Sculpting and Molding a Prosthetic
    3 meetings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
    Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

Writing fiction and short stories


In this Seattle writing class, students will learn about the elements of short story writing, get practice coming up with stories of their own, and more.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, strategies for getting published, and ways to make money as a writer. ➩ MORE INFORMATION ➩ SIGN UP NOW

You can take this class on Mondays or Thursdays:

  • Writing Short Stories sec. 1  

    Writing Fiction and Short Stories
    Mondays, 7-9:15 p.m. 
    1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8 (4 meetings)
    University of Washington campus

  • Writing Short Stories sec. 2  

    Writing Fiction and Short Stories
    Thursday night class
    February 18, 25, 3/3, 3/10
    7-9:15 PM (four meetings)
    UW campus (Seattle)



Certificates of Completion!


You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  (Working for a certificate is a great way to organize your studies in a given subject area.) We offer certificates of completion in:


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  • If you sign up for emails, you’ll receive updates once or twice a month about upcoming classes and workshops in Seattle, as they’re scheduled.
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 Trouble signing up for a class?

If you ever have difficulty finding or signing up for a class, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!

Questions? Visit our FAQ! 


Dozens of fun, affordable classes in Seattle!


More featured classes!

Dozens of fun, affordable classes in Seattle!


Let us know 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.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses. See you in class!