SEATTLE PAINTING CLASSES

Seattle 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 Classesandworkshop.com and the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College
  • Non-credit courses for the general community – open to everyone

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 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 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


Painting is fun, and introductory classes 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 introductory-level Seattle painting classes, you’ll learn about:

  • Color theory
  • Color mixing
  • Brush strokes and techniques
  • Painting simple forms
  • Painting simple landscapes (and more)

FAQ

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