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Dozens of fun, affordable classes!  Now registering for classes starting in February, March, April and May 2017

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NOTE: Private instruction or small group instruction are available in some of the subjects we offer.  For more information drop us an email.

IMPORTANT: When you sign up, you will receive TWO EMAILS:

1) a receipt for your payment, and 2) a confirmation with the exact address and driving directions. If you don’t receive both within ten minutes, please check your spam folder. If they’re not there, please email us so we can resend them. 


We have a number of new classes open for enrollment, including:

  1. Mime and Physical Comedy
  2. Painting Portraits 
  3. Travel Journaling Workshop
  4. Painting onto a Transparency
  5. Painting Outside the Box
  6. Putting on a Play
  7. Acting for Teens 
  8. Coming soon: Painting on Silk
  9. Coming soon: Effective public speaking
  10. See ALL Seattle classes



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. We’re an art school, an acting school, a writing school, and a filmmaking school, all in one.

To find 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.

new1Starting in 2017, some of our classes will be going BI-MONTHLY.  This means that if you miss a class that started in January (for example) you’ll have another chance to take it just two months later, in March (instead of having to wait three months for the next quarter to begin).

Classes affected by this change include “Learn to Draw in a Day,”  “Crash Course in Filmmaking,” “Let’s Make a Movie,” “Watercolor Painting” and “Acrylic Painting”, “Acting 101” and “Acting 102.)” 

Some will remain QUARTERLY, meaning if you miss a class, it will be available to take again in three months.

Winter 2017 classes are now open for enrollment! View Seattle classes


Now registering for classes starting in
Fall 2016
and Winter 2017


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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 greater Seattle area. We were established in 2002.

We started out offering a handful of classes, then added more as our students requested them.  We currently offer over fifty classes a quarter, in a wide range of subject areas.

Our instructors are independent contractors who design and teach their own classes and workshops.  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.

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.

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.

Where are your classes held?
All of our classes currently meet in Seattle. About half of them 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 Experimental College?

This question comes up often, and the answer is, no, we are a totally separate program.

There were times in the past when we cosponsored some classes with the University of Washington’s Experimental College. Our arrangement with the EC during those years meant that you could sign up for many of the same classes through our website or through theirs. But we’ve always been a separate school. (The Experimental College is now on a hiatus for restructuring; we are unaffected by their closure.)

0045What’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. 

Are your classes accredited?
No, they’re not-for-credit, 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


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“…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.


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

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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!


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2stiudent21-1More 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.

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