SEATTLE ART CLASSES

Art classes open for enrollment

  • We offer almost thirty art classes every quarter, in topics including drawing, painting, acrylics, watercolor, collage, calligraphy, and more.
  • Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Some meet at Seattle community centers.
  • They are noncredit classes, meaning that the focus is on learning and having fun, not tests or grades.
  • For more info, or to sign up, click the class title.

Today’s featured classes


Acrylic Painting for Beginners

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

In this beginning Acrylic Painting class, you’ll learn how to mix and blend acrylics, use brushes, and paint some simple objects and landscapes. 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 MORE/SIGN UP NOW


 

CARTOONING: 1 day workshop

Looking for a fun, step-by-step introductory Seattle cartooning class?  In this fun one day workshop, aimed at beginners, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before. You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters & more.  (See also: Cartooning 5 week class)

✰ Course 80941: “Cartooning 1-Day Workshop” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

CARTOONING: 5-week class

Looking for a fun, step-by-step introductory Seattle cartooning class?  In this enjoyable five week class, aimed at beginners, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before — and get practice drawing comic strips, gag panels, and more. You’ll learn how to draw cartoon faces and figures; how to draw human and animal characters & more. (See also: Cartooning 1 day workshop)

★ Course 17493: “Cartooning 1-Day Workshop” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

Drawing in Perspective

Whether you doodle and draw just for fun, or draw or paint professionally, knowledge of perspective can make your artwork look more realistic and three-dimensional. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of one, two and three point perspective, and also learn about atmospheric perspective to enhance the realism in your drawings, paintings or doodles.

☽ Course 17465: “Drawing in Perspective” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

Drawing People: Faces, Figures, Hands and Feet

In this intensive class, you’ll learn how to draw figures that look realistically proportioned and believable… how to start with a simple and easy “stick figure” and turn it into a surprising realistic finished figure in just minutes… how to draw men… how to draw women… surface muscles and anatomy… drawing hands, feet, faces and facial expressions… and more

☽ Course 29581: “Figure Drawing” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please 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.

✰ Course 18473: “Mixed Media Collage” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE

Painting Outside the Box! (Mixing other media with watercolor)

In this one-day workshop, we’ll begin with a quick discussion of traditional handling of watercolor, then experiment with adding both water-soluble and water-resistive materials and paints into the process.  A variety of additive media will be available to try during the class as you work on projects of your choice with individual assistance and suggestion available.

Painting Outside the Box
Tuition: $130 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 10:30am-4:30pm
2/19/2017 only (1-day workshop)
Location: The Classroom Space (AC&S)
(University District in Seattle)

For more information or to sign up, CLICK HERE

Watercolor Workshop

Spend the day painting and exploring the wonders of watercolor! Watercolor Workshop is a pleasant and relaxing exploratory class for anyone who has admired this elegant and accessible medium. The instructor will move around the room as students paint, helping them individually with their paintings. Beginners welcome. 

✰ Watercolor for Beginners
(January 2017 class)
Tuition: $99 + $10 reg fee
Sunday 10am-4:30pm
1/22 only (one day workshop)
Seattle: University District (A&CS classroom)

MORE INFORMATION  ➩ SIGN UP NOW!



Frequently asked questions

  1. I notice that some classes (like Drawing and Cartooning) are offered both as one day workshops and five-week classes (for a higher tuition). What’s the difference between the one day and several-week versions?
    Our One-Day Workshops are a short, focused introduction to the key elements of a topic. Our five week classes explore the same subjects in more depth, with more in-class practice exercises. The five week classes have almost twice as many class hours as the one day versions, so there’s a chance to go into more detail. The longer versions also usually have homework assignments, so students can keep practicing and learning between class sessions.With that said – some students love the one day version because it gives them a chance to really lose themselves in a topic in a single day. And of course some people’s schedules lend themselves more to a one day or one evening class.
  2. Are all of your classes available in one-night day or one night versions?
    Not yet, but more One Night Wonders and One Day Workshops will be added soon, so please check back. If you’d like to see a one-day or one-night version of a longer class we offer, please drop us an email and we’ll try to set it up.
  3. Why do One Night Wonder Art Classes have free art materials, but most One-Day Workshops don’t? 
    Students use fewer art materials in shorter classes, so it’s easier for the instructor to bring a big box of materials for students to use. (In a one-night wonder class, students might use a few sheets of drawing or painting paper; in the one-day workshops, students sometimes fill an entire drawing pad or acrylic painting pad in a full day or making art!) So for the one-day workshops, materials kits are available to purchase, for students who don’t bring their own to class.

 

Dates and times:

✰ = One Day Workshop (6 to 8 hours long)
☽ = One Night Wonder (2 or 3 hours long)
★ = Class with multiple meetings

  • Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle
  • Others meet at Seattle community centers in Greenwood, Lake City or Phinney Ridge
  • Courses include drawing, painting, cartooning, collage, calligraphy, and dozens more
  • To see course titles, dates, and times, scroll down
  • For more info or to sign up, click the course title

Art classes open for enrollment

Art Classes

Scroll down to view: Drawing classes; Painting classes; Cartooning classes; and Other art classes

DRAWING CLASSES:

  1. Colored Pencil Drawing  

    Colored Pencil Drawing
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    A new meeting of this class will be scheduled soon. Please check back.

  2. Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels  

    ✰ Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
    Saturday 10am-3:30pm
    11/26 only (one day workshop)
    University District in Seattle

     
  3. Drawing for Absolute Beginners (Saturday morning class) 

    Drawing for Absolute Beginners
    Saturday morning class
    Tuition: $150 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    Saturdays, 10 am-12noon
    Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (5 meetings)
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

  4. Drawing for Absolute Beginners (Monday night class) 

    Drawing for Absolute Beginners
    (Tuesday night class)
    1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 (Five meetings)
    Greenwood Senior Center
    525 N. 85th St., Seattle WA 98103

  5. Drawing Faces and Portraits 

    Drawing Faces - 1 day workshop
    This class will be back soon Please check back or email for info about this class.

  6. Drawing in Perspective 

    Drawing in Perspective
    Tuition: $65 + $10 reg. fee
    Tuesday 6pm-9pm
    3/7 only (one day workshop)
    Greenwood Senior Center
    525 N. 85th St., Seattle WA 98103

  7. Figure Drawing Intensive: How to Draw Faces, Figures, Hands and Feet 

    Figure Drawing Fundamentals
    A "one night wonder" art class!
    Tuesday 7pm-9pm
    10/18 only (one meeting)
    Nothing to bring - all art materials provided
    Greenwood Center (near Green Lake in Seattle)

  8. Learn to Draw in a Day Sec. 1    

    LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY (March 2017 class)
    Tuition: $99 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    Sunday 10am-3 pm (3/19 only)
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

  9. Learn to Draw in a Day sec. 2   

    Learn to Draw in a Day - Jan. 2017 class
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    Sunday, 10am-3:15 pm
    1/15 only (1 meeting)
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

PAINTING CLASSES:

  1. Acrylic Painting 1-day  

    Acrylic Painting (1 day workshop)
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    Sat. 10am-3pm • Jan 29, 2017 only
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

  2. Acrylic Painting 1-day  

    Acrylic Painting (1 day workshop)
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    Sat. 10am-3pm • March 26, 2017 only
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

  3. Colored Pencil Drawing  

    Colored Pencil Drawing
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    A new meeting of this class will be scheduled soon. Please check back.

  4. Painting Outside the Box  

    Painting Outside the Box
    Tuition: $130 + $10 reg. fee
    Sundays, 10:30am-4:30pm
    2/19/2017 only (1-day workshop)
    Location: The Classroom Space (AC&S)
    (University District in Seattle)

  5. Palette Knife Painting 

    ✰ Palette Knife Painting
    Sunday, 10:30am-4:30pm
    Tuition: $150 (+ $10 registration fee)
    March 19, 2017 (one day workshop)
    (All materials provided at no cost)
    AC&S classroom - University District, Seattle

  6. Watercolor Painting for Beginners  

    ✰ Watercolor for Beginners
    (January 2017 class)
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg fee
    Sunday 10am-4:30pm
    1/22 only (one day workshop)
    Seattle: University District (A&CS classroom)

  7. Coming soon: Painting Trees, Mountains, Flowers and Clouds
  8. Coming soon: Painting onto Transparencies
  9. Coming soon: Painting Portraits in Oils

CARTOONING CLASSES:

  1. Cartooning 1-day workshop  

    Learn Cartooning in a Day
    Tuition: $99 9+ $10 reg. fee)
    Sunday, 10am-3:30pm
    Jan. 22, 2017 only (one day workshop)
    University of Washington campus (Seattle)

  2. Cartooning 5-week class 

    Cartooning (five week class)
    Tuition: $150 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
    1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (5 meetings)
    University of Washington campus

  3. Also recommended for cartoonists: Drawing in Perspective 

    Drawing in Perspective
    Tuition: $65 + $10 reg. fee
    Tuesday 6pm-9pm
    3/7 only (one day workshop)
    Greenwood Senior Center
    525 N. 85th St., Seattle WA 98103

OTHER ART CLASSES:

  1. Mixed Media Collage 

    Mixed Media Collage
    Tuition: $99 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    A new meeting of this class will be scheduled soon
    University District (Seattle)

  2. Sketchup  

    Sketch-up for Beginners
    Tuition: $125 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    Sign up now for winter 2017:
    Monday, 7-9 pm
    1/23, 1/30 and 2/6
    Seattle: Lake City community center