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!

Oil Painting for Beginners


In this enjoyable one-day workshop, you’ll learn how to paint with oils in a series of helpful exercises.  We’ll learn how oils work and how to use them, explore a variety of brush strokes and blending techniques, and finish by painting some easy still lifes and landscapes.   ➩ More info  ➩  Sign up now!

Class 10.50 _____ IMPROV 101


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.

  • Where and when:   

    Improv for Beginners - Winter 2016 class
    Sat. 12 noon-2:30 p.m.
1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (4 meetings)
    Location: Seattle Center

  • More information  ➩ Sign up now

Fun & Fancy Calligraphy with Pointed Pens


In this enjoyable Seattle calligraphy class, we’ll explore the elegant art of pointed pen calligraphy.  You’ll learn how to create beautiful letterforms using pointed pens with sharp, flexible nibs.  A great class for beginners who have never picked up a calligraphy pen, and for everyone who would like to perfect the art of calligraphy. 

  • When and where: 

    Fun and Fancy Calligraphy
    Winter 2016 class
    Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
    Feb 9 Feb 16th Feb 23
    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

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

Class 10.40 _____ ACCENTS AND DIALECTS


In this Seattle acting class, students will learn how to speak in a wide range of accents and dialects. You’ll learn French, German, Russian, high and low British, and more!  (You won’t learn the languages, but you’ll learn how to sound like you’re from those parts of the world.)  Note: This class is open to actors of all types and levels of experience (voice actors, stage actors, actors for the camera, and total beginners.)  

  • When and where: 

    Accents and Dialects for Actors
    Thursdays, 7-9 PM
    1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
    University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)

  • More information ➩ Sign up now



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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 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!