1HAND1Anyone 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. Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help.  Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College. Instructor: Nils Osmar

Where and when:

  • 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 (FIVE MEETINGS)
  • Where: U.W. campus (Seattle branch)
  • Driving directions will be emailed.
  • Tuition: $150 gen. public + $10 reg. fee
  • Tuition: 145 UW students + $5  reg. fee

To sign up now, use the links below:

General Public: $150 tuition Take Class
UW Student: $145 tuition Take Class 

 Note: this class is also available as a 1-day workshop. See: “Learn to draw in a day”

Drawing for Absolute Beginners is a good beginning-level class for people who have not drawn before, as well as students would like a refresher in the basics. 

You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional. 

You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along.  


Student comments about Drawing for Absolute Beginners

I was the redhead who drove in every week from Tacoma. It was worth it. You really have something going if you can take someone like me and turn me into an artist, well, a beginning artist anyway! But that’s way ahead of where I was. Thanks again Nils! – R.M. (Tacoma)

The class was well organized and you took us along step-by-step. – Mary J. (Redmond)

I liked the opportunity to learn the basics in a non threatening environment. (unsigned; comment submitted online)

Nils, Just wanted to let you know that I completed my application to the Game Animation Certificate program, and as of a week ago received notice of my acceptance. One of my portfolio pieces was a charcoal figure based upon one of the exercises from class – and of course, I’d never touched charcoal before meeting you. Thanks again for all the tips and encouragement! Your classes really helped polish my skills and boost my confidence a great deal. — J.C. (Seattle)

Your teaching style was a pleasure to learn by and I enjoyed your class very much.. – Ruth B. (Seattle)

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)


About the school

The Drawing for Absolute Beginners class is sponsored by the ASUW Experimental College (a noncredit program of the University of Washington) and Classesandworkshops.com. It’s open to everyone; you don’t have to be a U.W. student to sign up. (This class is paced for adults, and may actually be a little too slow-paced for younger folks, so if an enrollee is under 18, please contact us first to make sure the class is a good “fit” for the student)


This page is for the 3-week “Drawing for Absolute Beginners” class. If you are looking for the 1-day version of the class, click here.


Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College, Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, and Classesandworkshops.com.  His visual art classes and workshops include art classes, drawing classes, painting classes and more.  More information

He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, and done book and magazine illustration, design, book covers and interiors. His artwork has been internationally published.

For more Seattle drawing classes, see the Art Classes in Seattle page.

About the Materials

 A pre-made KIT is available for this class. It includes a high quality drawing pad, and professional drawing pencils, blending tools and erasers.  It can be purchased at the Artist and Craftsman supply located at 4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. The cost of the kit is $15.92 plus tax=$17.43 total. This is a greatly discounted price. To view the list of materials in the kit, click here: GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT

NOTE: If you can’t make it to the store to buy the kit, you can call the store and prepay for one, and they will deliver it to the classroom on the first day of class.  The store’s contact information is on the page that lists the materials:  GENERAL USE DRAWING KIT

 Looking for fun, affordable art classes in Seattle?  Checking out what the local art schools and training programs have to offer Classesandworkshops.com is an art school, acting school, writing school, and film school, all rolled into one.  Our classes are fun, provide hands-on instruction and training in a classroom environment, and won’t break the bank.  You can take a class just for fun or work toward a certificate in drawing and illustration.  

Sponsored by: Classesandworkshops.com and the UW’s ASUW Experimental College

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