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10/21 update: Having trouble enrolling online today?

Some students have reported difficulty trying to sign up for classes today (10/21) using our online registration system. It turns out that the problem is related to a system problem being experienced by Paypal (they process our debit/credit card transactions). They’re working on resolving the problem, and it should be back to normal soon, but in the meantime, if you’re trying to sign up online and it’s not working, feel free to call our office at 800-385-6047, and we can take your enrollment over the phone.  Thanks!

Dozens of fun, affordable classes!

Now registering for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017



Classesandworkshops.com is an independent educational program, established in 2002.  We offer dozens of fun, affordable classes in topics including drawing, painting, writing, acting, filmmaking and more.  To view classes in Seattle, click here!

Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. (Others meet at community centers around the city.) Most of our students are adults, but some classes are also open to younger folks. The focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades.


Classes starting soon:

The classes below are starting in the next 30 days:

  1. Starts on Tuesday 10/25 DRAWING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
  2. Starts on Thursday 10/27 WRITING SCIENCE FICTION
  3. Starts SATURDAY 10/29 IMPROV 101
  6. Starts on Thursday 11/3 WORDPRESS
  10. Starts on SUNDAY 11/6 ACTING 101
  11. Starts on SUNDAY 11/6 ACTING 102
  12. Meets on TUESDAY 11/8 Drawing Clothing and Drapery 
  13. Starts on TUESDAY 11/8 VOICEOVER 102
  14. starts on WEDNESDAY 11/9 ACTING 102
  15. Starts on SATURDAY 11/12 VOICEOVER 102
  17. Meets on SUNDAY 11/13 LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY
  18. Meets on TUESDAY 11/15 Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink


How to find classes:

Drawing, painting, acting, filmmaking and more

Our school offers over fifty classes each quarter, in topics including drawing and painting, writing, acting, voiceover, improv, comedy, figure drawing, cartooning, filmmaking, and more. (We’re an art school, an acting school, a writing school, and a filmmaking school, all in one.)  To start exploring our classes, click the links below:

About our school

  • Our philosophy is that being anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways.
  • Training is more important than “talent.”
  • 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. Think of us as a Seattle art school, Seattle acting school, and Seattle film school, all rolled into one.



Find classes in Seattle:

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Fun, focused classes!

  • Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.
  • Many of our introductory classes, such as Acting 101 or Voiceover 101, have follow-up classes that students are free to 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 next 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).
  • This 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. 


Find classes in Seattle:


“…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”


…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 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. – J. Vega


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)


“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.


To find classes now:

Certificates of Completion

CERTIFICATE111You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  More info

Looking for a class? Let us know!

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!


Join our email list!

Joining our email list is a great way of being kept in the loop about new classes and workshops.  You’ll read about them even before they are added to our website.

  • If you sign up for emails, you’ll receive updates once or twice a month about upcoming classes and workshops in Seattle, as they’re scheduled.
  • You’ll find out about discounts and special offers for returning students.
  • You can unsubscribe from the email list at any time. Your contact information will never be given or sold to any third party
  • To join the list now, just click here!

More student comments:

“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)

“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

“I found Sarah’s calligraphy class on a social site, and I’m so glad I did… Sarah is very encouraging, and always has a great time with us! I would highly recommend attending one of Sarah’s classes — they are a blast!” – Savanah D.

“…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

“I recently finished Jon Peck’s WordPress for Beginners class and could not be more satisfied with the teaching style and information presented. From a frustrated and beginning state with a non-linear brain, I was able to design a satisfying website on WordPress and know how to maintain it.

Jon Peck is a very gifted teacher and truly cares about the value he delivers to his students. It’s a rare combination to be both very knowledgeable in the intricacies of IT and a tuned-in and empathetic teacher. Jon goes the extra mile to make sure his students are “getting” the material he delivers and his work ethic is laudable. I feel like this is the best value I’ve gotten from a learning experience in a very long time” – Diane K.

Find classes in Seattle:


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Who are you folks? And how long have you been in operation?

Classesandworkshops.com is an independent educational program offering fun, affordable noncredit classes in the arts. We started out offering twelve classes, back when we started in 2002; we currently offer over sixty classes a quarter, in a wide range of subject areas.  Each teacher is independent and designs his or her own classes.  

Where are your classes held?
All of our classes currently meet in Seattle. Some meet in the University of Washington campus; others off campus in the University District; others in Lake City; others in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. We’ll also be adding some classes soon in the Bellevue/Kirkland area.  All of our locations are easily accessible by freeway.

Is Classesandworkshops.com part of the ASUW Experimental College?
No, we are a totally separate program. There have been times in the past when we’ve cosponsored some classes with the Experimental College (meaning that you could sign up for the same classes through us, or through their website). But they are a totally separate school.

I heard that the Experimental College is shutting down. Does this affect your school?
No, fortunately it does not affect us. The Experimental College recently announced that they will be closing up shop at the end of summer 2016. They are hoping to return in the fall of 2017.  They are old friends, and we wish them a successful reboot in fall 2017.  In the meantime, you can find many of the same classes they used to offer, on our website.

What’s your connection with 123classes.com?
123classes.com is our “parent” company. It started as a shorter URL we set up, to reach out website faster. (Fewer characters to type :) 

What sorts of classes do you offer?
Our current class offerings range from drawing and painting to acting, filmmaking, writing, collage, calligraphy, WordPress, Photoshop, and more. We have about sixty classes, at the time this is being written.

Are your classes accredited?
No, they’re noncredit, meaning there are no tests, grades or exams to worry about.  The focus is on learning and having fun.

Do you offer certificates of completion? 
Yes! Please read this page.

What’s different about your school, from other programs?
One thing that’s different is that you can always sign up for any of our classes.

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not accepted. For example, when summer classes end (in most schools), there’s a break of a few weeks before summer class dates become open for enrollment.

When we designed our program, we did away with that gap. On the day after a class or workshop begins each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class or workshop for the following quarter.

For example:  If the summer session of “Moon Dancing” begins on July 7th, the winter session of “Moon Dancing” will open up for enrollment on morning of July 8th, so you don’t have to wait weeks for another opportunity to enroll. You can sign up any time, for any of our classes.  

© Robin Walker 2014

© Robin Walker 2014

How do students sign up for classes? 
Just click the “Sign Me Up” link and follow the prompts!  You can pay by credit/debit card of Paypal.  Learn more

Do you have an email list?
Yes, you can join it here.

Can kids sign up, or are the classes just for adults? 
Our classes are designed for adults, and most of our students are over 18. Some teachers do allow younger students, but you should check first… Learn more

Do you also offer online classes?  
Not at this time, but we are hoping to in the future… Learn more

Do you have gift certificates? 
Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.

How do I find the building?
When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with driving directions…  Learn more

I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so?
Please read this page

What’s your policy on withdrawals, refunds and cancelations? 
Please read this page.

Do you offer team building workshops (or morale workshops) for businesses?
Yes! Please read this page.

Other questions? Feel free to contact us! Email is the quickest way to reach us: classesinseattle@gmail.com