PAINTING-CLASSESSeattle Painting Classes & Workshops

Courses open for enrollment:

  • We offer fun, affordable painting classes and workshops, held in Seattle on the University of Washington campus.
  • Classes include Acrylic Painting, Watercolor Painting and Oil painting (some quarters).
  • Sponsored by and the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College
  • Non-credit courses for the general community – open to everyone


Where are your Seattle painting classes held?  Most of them meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. You’ll be given the exact location, room number and driving directions when you sign up.

Do I need to bring materials?
Yes, you’ll need to bring paints, brushes and something to paint on (like an inexpensive watercolor pad). When you sign up you’ll be given a list of materials to pick up.  If you already have materials, it’s fine to just bring what you have. If not, you can buy a materials kit at the University Bookstore, located just a few blocks from where the workshops are held.

What should I wear to class?
Paint can splash on clothes, and some types (like acrylics) won’t wash out.  Even watercolors can stain some fabrics.  So wear something casual and fun, not your best evening wear.

Student Comments about our Seattle painting classes

I could not think of anything to improve, this was a perfect day for me.  (comment submitted online)

Instructor was patient and willing to help those who needed/wanted help, and he did not go to fast for the slowest in class (that would be me). Excellent intro to materials, ditto on the materials supplied.  (comment submitted online)

I’ve taken (Drawing for Absolute beginners), and liked it, so decided to try the painting class just for fun.  I liked it, it was a good start in learning to paint.  - Sarah T., Seattle

I just moved back to Seattle… yay! … and was looking for an introductory level course so I could get back into painting.  I just wanted to start with the basics again.  I love watercolors, but always had a hard time getting the results I wanted, so signed up for the Watercolor painting class.  It was fun and I learned a lot. I would recommend the class to others who are either just starting out or, like me, wanting to get back into painting after a break. – B.R., Lake Forest Park

Thanks for a wonderful, relaxing course. – Cheryl K., Seattle

Lots of hands-on time to apply the concepts we learned about. The instructor seemed interested in everyone’s experience and provided individual feedback and interaction. My favorite part, in addition to learning the content, was learning about this new medium, watercolor. All of your teachers are good…. I learned something useful in each of them.  I hope you’ll add oil painting classes soon. – Megan, Seattle

I’m amazed that we learned so much in one day… It was just fun, trying different things, mixing colors, the guided exercises, seeing the really surprising things that happened. I loved the information about mixing colors with their complements to create earth tones… – Mickey L., Bellevue

I took some painting classes from ______ …. they were good but a little too expensive. Your classes are affordable, and always seem to attract a fun group of people. – Shelly M., Tacoma

The instructor was organized, kept things moving at a good pace, covered all of the basics about color and answered all of the students’ questions. I would highly recommend his classes. – Terry L., Kent

The instructor seemed interested in everyone’s experience and provided individual feedback and interaction. My favorite part, in addition to learning the content, was learning about this new medium, watercolor.  – E.V., Seattle

An inspiring session for me…just what I was hoping for, and more!  – unsigned

Nils Osmar is excellent both with beginning students and with students who have some experience.   – J.C., Seattle

I liked the hands-on opportunities to play with paints and color- it really helped to understand how the colors work with each other and what happens when you mix two colors together. – S.J., Kent

It was fun, like all of your classes. – Maura H.

I took both the acrylic painting and watercolor painting classes in Seattle, from Nils Osmar and Robin Walker, in the spring of 2013.  Both classes were good.  I’ll be taking the collage classes next, if you offer them again. Thanks for offering them at such a reasonable price.  - J.L., Bellevue


Acrylic Painting for Beginners

for class: Painting for beginners (Seattle campus) v. 1

Painting is fun! And acrylics are a great medium to start with. In this Seattle painting class, you’ll learn how to mix and blend acrylics, how to use brushes, and how to paint some simple objects and landscapes, step-by-step. Even if you don’t know an artist’s brush from a toothbrush, you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start.  You can take this class as a three-week course or a one-day workshop.

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

Colored Pencil Drawing for Beginners


Colored pencils are clean, fun, and portable. In this fun three week Seattle class, you’ll learn how to draw and “paint” using high quality pencils, and mix and blend them to create beautiful, vibrant drawings.  

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

Mixed Media Collage!


Explore your creative side! 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. You’ll 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 stamps, acrylics, gel mediums, household spackle and other art supplies.

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

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. 

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

Watercolor Painting for Beginners


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. Total beginners welcome.  

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

Painting is fun, and short classes and workshops are a great way to learn.  Whether you just love playing with color (and would like to learn more about it), or are interested in how to paint realistic impressions of the world around you, you’ll enjoy learning a new medium and connecting with ways to express your moods and feelings on canvas.

In our Seattle painting classes, you’ll learn about:

  • Color theory
  • Color mixing
  • Brush strokes and techniques
  • How to work with a range of different media, such as acrylics, watercolors, oils, and colored pencil
  • How to paint simple forms
  • In some classes: how to paint simple landscapes