Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com!

Dozens of fun, affordable Seattle classes
Drawing, painting, writing, acting, filmmaking and more! Est. in 2002
Most classes meet on the University of Washington campus
Sign up now for both Summer and Fall 2016 Classes


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About our program:

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How to find classes

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Our philosophy is that being creative is a natural part of life. Anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent” — and 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.

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Fun, focused classes

Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.  Many introductory classes, such as Acting 101, have follow-up classes (such as Acting 102, Acting 103, Let’s Make a Movie) that students are free to take if they would like to keep learning.

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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.

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This means that on the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class for the following 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).

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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. 

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COMMENTS ABOUT OUR CLASSES

“…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”

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…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

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…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

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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)

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“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.

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For more comments and reviews about our Seattle classes, see the individual class pages.   See also: More info and reviews


Certificates of Completion

CERTIFICATE111You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  (Working for a certificate is a great way to organize your studies in a given subject area.) We offer certificates of completion in:

Trouble signing up?

If you ever have difficulty finding or signing up for a class, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!

Let us know what you’re looking for!

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!

Questions? Visit our FAQ

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ACTING CLASSES


Acting 101
Learn to create characters, memorize short scenes and perform them in class! More info

Acting 102
A fun follow-up to the Acting 101 class! Learn about objective, motivation, and how to bring scenes to life. More info

Acting 103 (Acting Workshop)
A fun day of acting! For students who’ve finished 101 and/or 102 or similar classes. More info 

Acting for the Camera
In this class well learn how to act in front of a camera. (Will return in Fall 2016) More info

Accents and Dialects for Actors
Learn how to “sound” Russian, French, British, German and more! More info

Auditioning
How to have fun auditioning, and have the best chance of landing the parts you want. More info

Improv 101
Acting without scripts! Fun times! More info

Let’s Make a Movie! 
A film/acting class! We’ll choose a script then film it in class. More info

Stand-Up Comedy
Three practice sessions, then a live performance at a comedy club. This class should be on everyone’s bucket list! More info

Voiceover 101
Voice acting for commercials, animation, and video games. Learn the basics here! More info

Voiceover 102
A fun follow-up for people who’ve finished Voiceover 101. More info


DRAWING CLASSES


Drawing for Absolute Beginners (5 week class)
A great class to start with if you’re new at drawing.

Learn to Draw in a Day
The one-day version of “Drawing for Absolute Beginners”

Colored Pencil Drawing
Learn how to make striking high contract colored pencil images.

Figure Drawing for Beginners
Learn figure proportions, building blocks, and how to draw men, women and kids.

Drawing Faces and Portraits
Learn how to draw faces from the front, side and back! Plus how to draw pics of friends.

Perspective Drawing
How to draw in 1 point, 2 point and 3 point perspective!


PAINTING CLASSES


Acrylic Painting
Acrylics are fun! Learn how to paint with them in this class.

Colored Pencil
Learn how to make striking high contract colored pencil images.

Palette Knife Painting
Slap some paint on a canvas using a knife, not a brush! You’ll be astonished at the result.

Watercolor Painting
Watercolor is a beautiful luminous medium! Learn the basics in this class.

Painting Landscapes in Watercolor
A follow-up to the Watercolor Painting class. Explore the charm and beauty of landscapes in watercolors.


CARTOONING CLASSES


Cartooning 1-day workshop

Learn how to draw cartoons and comic strips (like Peanuts and Doonesbury)

Cartooning 5-week class
An intensive, in-depth cartooning class, for those who are serious about the medium

Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
Whether you’re into superheroes or serious graphic novels, this class will help. 

Drawing Caricatures (Humorous Portraits)
Learn “the ungentlemanly art” — how to draw humorous pics of celebrities, or your friends!


OTHER ART CLASSES


Calligraphy
Learn the basics of this beautiful art form in a day.

Mixed Media Collage
Express yourself! Make some collage art for yourself or as a gift.


FILM CLASSES


Crash Course in Filmmaking
How to make high quality professional independent movies — even if you have a tiny budget.

Let’s Make a Movie!
In this class we’ll choose a script and make a short movie! Goes great with “crash course in filmmaking”

Start Writing Your Screenplay
Learn the basics of screenwriting — and get started writing your screenplay.


MUSIC CLASSES


Singing for beginners
Anyone can learn how to sing! This class will get you off to a good start.


SOFTWARE CLASSES


Photoshop
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in this affordable class.

Sketchup
Learn how the Sketchup 3D modeling software works, in this step by step class.

Video Editing in Premiere Pro
Learn how to edit videos and movies on your home computer, with the professional touch.

WordPress for Beginners 
Learn how to make professional, functional websites for your business or home use.


WRITING CLASSES


Start Writing Your Screenplay
Learn the basics of screenwriting – and get started writing yours.

Writing From Your Life 
We all have stories to tell. Get started telling yours!

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy 
Time travel, aliens, wizards, dragons – your choice! A fun writing class.

Writing Short Stories
Learn the elements of writing, and learn how to find and tell stories in this class.

Writing Your Novel 
Writing a novel, or thinking about writing one? The exercises in this enjoyable workshop will help.

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More student comments:

“…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”

. 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.