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Locations include the University of Washington campus, Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and more. 


More info:

  • Some of our classes meet on the University of Washington (Seattle branch).
  • Others meet in community centers around the city.
  • Each course has two fees: a tuition fee and a $10 registration fee (or $5 for students and seniors). The software we use to process credit card payments lists the registration fee as a “shipping” fee.
  • Most of our students are adults, but some classes are open to younger folks.  Check age restrictions here.


  1. What is Rekindle School?  We’re an independent “arts” school in Seattle. We offer fun, affordable classes for the general public. We’re a Seattle art school, Seattle acting school, and Seattle film school, all rolled into one.
  2. What’s your guiding philosophy? 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.” Creative impulses don’t really go away, but can go “dormant” for a while if we get busy for other things. The creative spirit can be rekindled.  When you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.
  3. Where do your classes meet?  Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Others meet at community centers around the city. (We also recently added some classes in Redmond, Washington, and plan on adding more on the east side in the future.
  4. Is your program accredited? No, we offer non-credit classes in the arts. This means that the focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades. 
  5. How long have you been in operation? Since 2002.We started out offering a handful of classes, then added more as our students requested them.
  6. Are your classes one-day workshops, or do they have multiple meetings?  We do offer some one-day workshops, and will be adding more in the future.  But most classes have multiple meetings.
  7. Do your classes still meet on the University of Washington campus? Some classes do; some meet elsewhere in the city.
  8. What sorts of classes do you offer? Our class offerings range from drawing and painting to acting, filmmaking, writing, collage, calligraphy, WordPress, Photoshop, and more.
  9. 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.
  10. Do you offer certificates of completion?   Yes! Please read this page.
  11. What’s different about your school, from other schools? 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.
  12. 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 or Paypal.
  13. Do you have an email list? Yes, you can join it here.
  14. Can kids sign up, or are the classes just for adults?  Most 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
  15. Do you also offer online classes?  Not at this time.
  16. Do you have gift certificates?  Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.
  17. How do I find the building(s) where classes are held? When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with driving and parking directions…  Learn more
  18. I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so? Please read this page
  19. What  is your policy on withdrawals, refunds and cancelations?  Please read this page.
  20. Do you offer team building workshops (or morale workshops) for businesses?  Yes! Please read this page.
  21. Do you offer certificates of completion? Yes, we have certificates in several subject areas.  More info
  22. Is Rekindle School a part of the Experimental College? There have actually been two Experimental Colleges in Seattle. One was run by the ASUW (the student government at the University of Washington). We cosponsored classes with them for several years. When their program closed down, a new program was set up, the New Seattle Experimental College. We cosponsor classes with them too. (“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  More info.
  23. Other questions? Feel free to contact us! Email is the quickest way to reach us:


We have almost sixty classes starting soon…. here are some you may enjoy:


Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start.

You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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ACTING FOR KIDS AND TEENS: An on-camera acting class for ages 8-17.

Looking for a Seattle acting class for kids which approaches acting professionally and will get young students off to a good start?  In this fun and focused four-week class, held on the Seattle branch of the University of Washington campus:

  • Students will learn the basics of acting for the camera and working on a film set.
  • Students’ performances will be filmed and reviewed in the class.
  • Students will learn about working with and without dialogue; acting choices; eye lines; continuity; and how to work with scene partners.
  • The classroom is run like a film set, introducing students to the professionals who work on set and how to behave on set. 
  • On-Camera Acting for Children (ages 8-12) is both a fun class and a good education.  Past students have commented that they have gained a good understanding for the details of film making.
  • Instructor: Meredith Binder 

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Class #166661:
On-Camera Acting for Kids
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays 4 pm-6 pm
Four meetings: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Kids ages 8-12
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 8


ACTING 104 is one of our foundational acting classes, building on the techniques and approaches students learned in ACTING 101 and ACTING 102, and ACTING 103 (Acting with Emotion).  The focus is on learning to listen and respond, finding a genuine connection with your characters, and bringing more realism and believability to your performances. It’s for students who would like to move their acting to the next level. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.

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Class 110130: ACTING 104
Sundays 7pm-9pm, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Parking is FREE on the UW campus on Sundays
Max.: 12. Open spaces: 10


A follow-up for students who have taken Rick’s “Accents and Dialects for Actors” class, and would like to keep learning and practicing, and using their new skills in actual scripted scenes. You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.

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Class #158542: Accents & Dialects 102
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Please note date change:
Saturdays 1 pm- 3 pm. 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6

Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee

Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces:13


On-camera acting is different from acting on stage.  In this class, students will learn how to give their best and most effective performances when being filmed; how to walk to a mark without looking at it; how to make the camera their scene partner; and how to make their performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in ActingIMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a Beginning Acting class. If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.

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Class #89852: Acting for the Camera
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Fall 2018 dates will be added soon
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 12


In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. 

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, you’re welcome in this class. Beginners will learn some basics that will help you get off to a good start. Experienced artists have also told us they find this class helpful, to bring their figure drawing into better focus.

We’ll start out by drawing some simplified figures based on shapes such as easy-to-draw shapes such as ovals and cylinders; learn about the proportions; then learn how to add shading and details to make our figures look realistic and three-dimensional.  Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures. 

MATERIALS: You can bring your own art materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit.  More info about the kit

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Class #29581: Figure Drawing
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm
Three meetings: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12 Spaces left: 10


Are you an actor, or actor-in-training, who’s interested in learning how to speak believably in a variety of different accents and dialects?

 Let’s say you’re from the midwest, but your character is from the Bronx, or that you’re auditioning for the part of a character from Germany, Russia, Italy or Australia, or a totally different part of the United States? Would you feel comfortable and confident auditioning for the part?

In this class, helpful to both voiceover actors and “regular” actors, you’ll get practice speaking all of these accents and more, along with guidance and helpful tips from the instructor, an established voiceover actor. Note: You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.


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CLASS 162288: ACCENTS 101 - Sundays - starts 9/16 at 1 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10


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Class #30829:
Accents and Dialects for Actors
Saturday morning section
Tuition: $155 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 1pm-3pm (4 meetings)
4 classes: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 18. Spaces left: 16


In this intensive step-by-step class, students will learn how to draw comic book pages and panels, draw simplified figures, and show them in action. You’ll learn about page layout and design; how to draw comic book pages in pencil, then finish them in ink; and how to tell stories effectively with images.  Note: You can either bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit and pick it up in the first class meeting.

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Class #27702: Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
The next meeting of this class has not been scheduled yet. For info, please email


“Mixed Media Collage”is a great class for accomplished artists to unlock their creativity, and a wonderful introduction for beginning collage students as well. There is absolutely no experience required! No drawing skills needed at all! No expensive tools to buy! Collage is a perfect way to get your creative feet wet. Note: There is a small materials fee payable to the instructor. Please see class page for more information.

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Class 18473 - Mixed Media Collage - meets Sat. 11/17
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Saturday November 17, 10:30am-4 pm
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


Looking for a colored pencil class in Seattle that’s easy, step-by-step, and designed for total beginners?  A class where you can learn how to draw in color using high quality pencils, in beautiful, vibrant hues?  Our Colored Pencil class for beginners is a good place to start.

In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from visuals created by the instructor, so you can work at your own pace, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help. Most students find it a fun, relaxing way to learn this interesting medium. Oh, and, the class is held in an art supply store. So you can bring your own materials, or buy the ones recommended by the instructor while you’re in the store.

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Sunday 12/9 10:30-4 pm
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
(University District in Seattle)


In this fun four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform short scenes. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to some day act in movies or on stage, all levels are welcome. For students 18 and older. If you’re new to acting, you should start with this class.  You can take it just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals


  • Interested in making your own documentaries, commercials, independent shorts or feature films, and wanting them to be as good as possible, but have a limited budget?
  • Have questions about lighting, audio, camcorders, or how to choose the best editing software?
  • This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, clear up the confusion, and get you off to a good start.
  • You’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • You’ll learn money-saving methods that will move you forward toward your goals, without spending a penny more than you need to.
  • All levels are welcome.
  • Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie
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Class #17506: Seattle Film Classes:
Filmmaking on a Budget
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
3 meetings: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 9



In ACTING 103 (also known as ACTING WITH EMOTION), we’ll do some  improv, group exercises and scene work exploring a range of emotions, including anger, fear, love,  happiness, sadness and more, focusing on expanding our range as actors and moving beyond the pretense of emotion. If you are a beginner, please take Acting 101 and Acting 102 first.  For students 18 and older. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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Class #117354: Weeknight Class
Acting 103: "Acting With Emotion"
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Four meetings: 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 14


In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

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Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find auditions Seattle area
  • How to identify roles that would be good for YOU to audition for (and roles to avoid)
  • How to increase your odds of actually getting cast
  • How to prepare for an audition
  • The six things you should always bring to every audition
  • Audition etiquette: how to make a good, not bad, first impression
  • How to film your own audition
  • How to identify your type and age range (and why both matter)
  • The differences between stage auditions and camera auditions
  • How to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams
  • how to get professional-quality headshots taken at an affordable price
  • How to film and audition, then put it online
  • How to tell which “auditions” are scams, and which are legit
  • How to write a good acting resume, whether you’re experienced or a beginner.
  • You’ll also learn an easy and effective way of doing cold reads, and learn the etiquette or auditioning. 

As the class moves along, we’ll do practice exercises and warm-ups to make more comfortable with the auditioning process, and you’ll get honest feedback about how to improve. The instructor has directed for stage and film for over twenty years.  His movies have played in international film festivals. NOTE: You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals

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Class #17407: Auditioning 101
Tuition: $125 + $10 registration fee
Sat. 9/8, 10am-5pm
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left:13

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.

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