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Seattle Drawing Classes

Seattle Painting Classes and Collage Classes

Seattle Cartooning Classes

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Other Arts and Crafts classes


  • Most of our art classes meet on the U.W. campus (about five minutes from downtown Seattle)
  • They are co-sponsored by Classesandworkshop.com and the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College
  • They are non-credit courses for the general community – open to everyone.

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Class 2010: Drawing for Absolute Beginners (3-week class)

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Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step Seattle drawing class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the course moves along.  

  • A fun three week introduction to drawing!
  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When:  Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 noon, July 12-July 26 (three meetings)
  • Note:  This course is also available as a 1-day workshop. Click here for details.
  • Where: University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed after you sign up.

General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition  Take Class 


Class 2011: 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 three-week version, all in a single day.  Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork by the end of the class.  Come join us to have fun, spend the day drawing, and learn the basics of drawing in a day!

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When: Sunday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., May 25 only (1-day workshop)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.
  • Note: This class is also available as a 3-week courseclick here for details

General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition Take Class


Class 2020: Drawing Faces and Portraits

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In this enjoyable 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… how to draw hair… and how to get a good resemblance when you’re drawing from life or photos. Learn more about this class »

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • You can take this class as a 1-day workshop or a 3-week class. (See below)
  • Location: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

  • 1-day workshop: Sunday June 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
    University of Washington students: $95 tuition  Take Class

    3-week class: Mondays, August 4-August 18, 5:30 pm-7:30 p.m.
    General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
    University of Washington students: $95 tuition  Take Class

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Class 2023: 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, with or without a model or reference to look at. You’ll learn about shading, showing the figure in action, muscles, hand, feet, drawing male and female figures, and more. Total beginners welcome! To learn more, click here.

  • When: Sunday May 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (1-day workshop)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.
  • This class has FREE art materials and FREE parking.

General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition  Take Class


Class 2030: Drawing Clothing and Drapery

If you’ve ever tried drawing or painting people, but weren’t sure how to make the clothing look real, this Seattle drawing class will help. You’ll learn about the seven types of folds, and how to draw them; tension points, tension lines and support points; how to make clothing look real, whether you’re drawing from a model or from imagination. This course is offered intermittently.


Class 2035: Perspective Drawing

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Whether you doodle and draw just for fun, or draw or paint professionally, knowledge of perspective can make your artwork look more realistic and three-dimensional. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of one, two and three point perspective, including: vanishing points and horizon lines, how to make some objects in your drawings look close to the viewer.  We’ll also learn about atmospheric perspective, and “freehand” ways of giving your drawings a greater illusion of depth.  Learn more »

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • Date: Sunday August 3rd, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Three meetings)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $90 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

  • General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
    University of Washington Student: $90 tuition  Take Class


Class 2051: Acrylic Painting for Beginners

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In this enjoyable introductory workshop, you’ll learn some basics about mixing and blending colors in acrylics, how to use the paints and brushes, how to paint simple objects, and how to paint a little landscape, step by step.  It’s fun and easy, and anyone can learn. Even if you don’t know an artist’s brush from a toothbrush, you’ll have fun and get off to a good start. Learn to paint in a day! More info – click here

Course 2051: Acrylic Painting 1-Day Workshop 

  • This class is co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When:  Sunday May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $100 tuition Take Class
UW Student: $95 tuition  Take Class 


Class 2052 – Acrylic Painting 2: The Next Step (Intermediate level)

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A fun one-day workshop for students who have taken the beginning level acrylic painting class and would like to continue learning. In ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS, students learned about color theory, how to mix and blend acrylics, how to create textures with different brush strokes, and more.  In this class, ACRYLIC PAINTING 2 – THE NEXT STEP!, designed to be a follow up to the first, we dive into painting a range of different subjects, including still lifes, trees and mountains.  Students learn how to render three-dimensional forms in acrylics, and how to keep the proportions accurate when working from photos or other reference material. This class is open to everyone who has taken the beginning level class, either as a four week class or a one day workshop.  It meets on the University of Washington campus about five minutes from downtown Seattle. Beginners are welcome! Instructor: Nils Osmar


  • Seattle Painting Classes, Course 2052: Acrylic Painting 2 – The Next Step!
  • This class is co-sponsored by the U.W.’s Experimental College
  • When: Sunday May 18, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  - Where: U.W. campus in Seattle
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 reg. fee)

Acrylics 1-day workshop: General Public: $100 tuition Take Class
Acrylics 1-day workshop: UW Student: $95 tuition  Take Class

For more information about this class, click here


Class 2070: CARTOONING FOR BEGINNERS!

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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 & more

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • Sundays, July 13-July 27, 10 a.m.-12 noon (three meetings)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below. Please bring a sack lunch.

Section 1 (beginning level): General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
Section 1 (beginning level): for current U.W. students: $95 tuition  Take Class

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Class 2072: Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink

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Ink drawings can be striking and beautiful. They have a vivid element of contrast that can define forms in a dramatic or whimsical way.  If you like the look of ink drawings, and would like to try a new medium, come join us and spend a fun day exploring this fascinating art form.   More info»

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When:  dates to be announced (1-day workshop)
  • Where: University of Washington campus (Seattle branch)
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition  Take Class


Class 2075: Mixed Media Collage!

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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.  Explore your creative side in this Seattle mixed media collage class with the “Put a Bird on It” theme.  Make some art for yourself or for a gift. 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 stamp techniques, acrylic paint, gel mediums, household spackle and other art supplies. (There is a $10 supply fee, payable to the instructor in class.) Caitlin Dundon, instructor. More information about this class

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • Two sections to choose from! Pick the one that works best for you:
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW (plus $10 registration fee)
  • You can take this class as a one-day workshop in May, or a 4-week class in July.
  • Sign up now for whichever section you like, using the links below:

Sunday May 25th, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. (1-day workshop)
General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition Take Class


Mondays July 14-August 4, 7-9 pm (4 meetings)
General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $95 tuition Take Class


 

Class 2081: Calligraphy for Everyone! Fun & Fancy Calligraphy with Pointed Pens

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In this enjoyable Seattle calligraphy class, open to total beginners, we’ll explore the elegant art of pointed pen calligraphy – the style used by many wedding calligraphers.  You’ll learn how to create beautiful letterforms using pointed pens with sharp, flexible nibs. (Pointed pens are used to create Copperplate and Spencerian calligraphy and are being utilized by many of today’s calligraphers particularly for wedding invitations.)  Fun & Fancy Calligraphy with Pointed Pens is a great class for beginners who have never picked up a calligraphy pen, and also great for all levels to continue to grow and perfect the art of calligraphy.  It’s held in Seattle on the University of Washington campus. (There is a $5 materials fee, payable to the instructor in class.)

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When: Mondays, April 28 and May 5, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (two meetings)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $75 for general public; $70 for UW students (plus $10 reg. fee)
  • Sign up now for the April/May class, using the links below:

General Public: $75 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $70 tuition Take Class


Class 2084: Drawing and Painting Flowers

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In this enjoyable introductory-level workshop, we will start at the beginning with pencil and paper skills for lines, edges, and shading that will become parts of stems, leaves and petals.  Then we will progress to creating floral paintings in watercolor (or a medium of your choice), and explore color, texture and composition.  Using your new abilities, we will then create stunning images of botanicals in gardens, water, containers and still lifes for you to take home.  This class is suitable for beginners, but all levels are welcome.  Note: If you are brand new at painting, it’s recommended that you take either Watercolor Painting For Beginners or Acrylic Painting for Beginners first.

  • When: Sunday June 1, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • This class has free parking because it’s on a Sunday. Driving directions will be emailed.
  • Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

Draw and Paint Flowers – General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
Draw and Paint Flowers    -    UW Student: $95 tuition  Take Class

More information about this class


Class 2090: Watercolor Painting 1-Day Workshop

Learn the basics of Watercolor painting in a day!  Watercolor Painting for Beginners is a class for anyone who has admired this elegant and accessible medium, even those who have never painted before.

Students will learn the foundations of painting with watercolors, and utilize the the paints to create beautiful and striking images. More information

  • When:  Saturday May 31st, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

SATURDAY WATERCOLOR CLASS General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
SATURDAY WATERCOLOR UW Student: $95 tuition  Take Class


Class 2092: Colored Pencil Drawing for Beginners

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  • When: Sundays, July 13-July 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: UW campus in Seattle. Driving directions will be emailed.
  • Tuition: $99 for general public; $95 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

Colored Pencil Drawing General Public: $99 tuition Take Class
Colored Pencil Drawing UW Student: $95 tuition  Take Class

Colored pencils are fun and easy, and can be used to create beautiful sketches and drawings totally spontaneously, anywhere you find yourself. They’re the cleanest, most portable medium you can find.  There’s no paint to spill, no dust, no smudging or smearing, and no drying time. In this enjoyable introductory Seattle class, you’ll learn how to draw and “paint” on paper using high quality pencils, and mix and blend them in different ways to create beautiful, vibrant color drawings.  Come spend the afternoons exploring color and learning about this fascinating and relaxing medium.  Held in Seattle on the University of Washington campus.    More info


Class 2099: Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay! (meets in Bellevue)

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Whether you want to make jewelry, collage, small sculptures, mosaics, book covers, bookmarks, switch plate covers, or just about any other small item, you’ll love polymer clay.  You’ll love it even if you think, “I’m not at all creative” and especially if you’re endlessly creative! Polymer clay is fun, affordable, and amazingly flexible. It can be used as an art form, a casual hobby or a game with the kids – it’s up to you.

  • When: Saturday April 12th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: This class is held in a shop in Bellevue, Washington
  • Tuition: Special introductory tuition: $60 includes all materials!
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $60.00 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $57.00 tuition Take Class



FAQ ABOUT OUR SEATTLE ART CLASSES

Where are the classes held?  Most of our Seattle art classes take place on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington.  You’ll be given the exact location and driving directions for your class when you sign up.

Is Classesandworkshops.com an art school?  We’re a Seattle art school, acting school, film school, writing school, dance school, yoga school, and software school, all under one umbrella.

Have any of your students gone on to be professional artists?  Most students take the classes just for fun, but some have gone on to careers in the arts.  The classes are open to everyone who’s interested in learning.

Should the classes be taken in a certain order?  It depends on what you’re looking for.  For example, if you’re brand new at drawing… have never picked up a pencil before… and are wanting to explore it and find an approach that works for you, Drawing for Absolute Beginners is a good class to start with.  (It can also be helpful for folks who’d like to learn to paint, because learning to draw can help with a number of aspects of painting.)   But it’s fine to take whatever classes catch your eye in any order.

Do students need to bring anything to the classes?
It depends on the class. In some classes, the materials are provided. In others, you’ll need to pick up a materials kit. Kits for several of our classes are available for purchase at the University Bookstore in Seattle.

What should I wear to class?
Any time you attend art classes, we recommend wearing something comfortable, but that you won’t mind if it ends up with a little smudge on it, because some art materials (like paints, inks and dyes) may not wash out.

Are art classes really necessary?  Can’t people just learn to draw and paint by playing with the materials and practicing?
It is possible to learn some things on your own… artists have been doing that for centuries… and practice is an essential part of learning.  But effective art classes and art schools give you an opportunity to learn from professional artists in a friendly group environment, and to get help where and when you need it. Getting a little art training early on can make everything easier and make it that much more fun to continue learning in the future.

What makes Classesandworkshops.com different from other Seattle art schools?
There are lots of art schools in Seattle, each with their own focus and strengths.  In our program, you’ll tend to find classes that are short, but incisive and focused, so you’ll learn a lot in just a few hours or meetings.  You can usually learn everything that you need to to get started in a subject area, in just one or two four-week sessions.

Looking for fun, affordable art classes in Seattle, Washington?  Checking out Seattle art schools to see what’s out there?  Whether you’re an experienced artist looking for a refresher in the basics (or curious about trying out a new medium), or a newcomer who has never picked up a pencil to try drawing before, our classes can help. You can take classes that interest you just for fun, or take several different classes to earn a Certificate from Classesandworkshops.com.  (See the Certificates page for more information)

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