|Painting classes open for enrollment
✰ = One Day Workshop (6 to 8 hours long)
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|Painting is fun, and our classes and workshops are a great way to learn. Whether you just love playing with color, 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. Everyone is welcome. To find classes open for enrollment, scroll down.|
|Frequently asked questions
I’m a total beginner! (I’ve never painted before.) Which class should I take first?
If you’re brand new to painting, you may want to start with acrylics or watercolor, then try palette knife painting. Each medium is different, so you may want to explore them all.
One good class which is a helpful preparation for all of the others is the one-night “Exploring Color” class.
Can you tell me what’s different between oils, acrylics and watercolors, to help me decide?
Acrylics are bright and vibrant, and lend themselves to brilliant and striking images (but can also produce subtle gradations of color). Beginners tend to like them because they’re “forgiving,” i.e., if you make a mistake, you can just wait a few minutes for it to dry, then paint over it. They dry in just a few minutes to a beautiful permanent finish. (Or if you’d prefer to keep them wet and workable, you can just add a little slow-dri or retarder, included in the kit.) Unlike oils, acrylics have almost no fumes.
Here’s an acrylic painting of a feather:
Oil paints are a beautiful traditional medium used by artists for centuries. They blend more easily than acrylics, and have wonderfully subtle colors. The paints stay wet and workable for a long time on your canvas, so you can mix and blend the colors to perfection. (However, they do have fumes. To minimize fumes in the class, we use water-miscible oils so students don’t need to use turpentine (which is smelly) to wash their brushes.) Note: if you are pregnant, we do not recommend working in oils.
Watercolors lend themselves to beautiful transparent effects in which the brightness of your paper or canvas shows through transparent layers of paint, which can give an almost luminous feeling to the painting. (See “Sketch of horses in watercolor,” below.) Like acrylics, they have no detectable fumes. They are not “forgiving” like oils; you can’t paint over mistakes; but they have a translucent quality oils and acrylics can’t match.
Our painting classes are designed to give students a chance to explore all three mediums without investing a lot of time or money. Both the classes and kits are inexpensive so you can try them and see which medium you like best.
Where are your Seattle painting classes held? Most of them meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. (The “dates and times” blurb gives you the general part of town.)
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Today’s featured classes
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.
|✰ Course 17486: “Acrylic Painting for Beginners” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE|
Looking for an opportunity to try water-mixable oils? In this Seattle painting workshop, you ll learn about basic color theory and mixing, composition and value contrast, and have the opportunity to try this medium hands-on and see where it leads you. Informational color handouts will be available to reference and keep.
|Course: “Painting in Water-Mixable Oils” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE|
Looking for an opportunity to try palette knife painting? In this pleasant one day workshop, we’ll explore knife strokes and color mixing with oils, mixing on the palette versus on the canvas, the uses of color contrasts and blending, creating simplicity and complexity, and more.
|Course 109281: “Palette Knife Painting” ➪ For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, please CLICK HERE|
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
Other Art Classes:
- Seattle Drawing Classes
- Seattle Cartooning Classes
- Seattle 1-day Art Workshops
- Other Seattle Art Classes
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