Fun, affordable Seattle classes! Rekindle your creativity

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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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  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: rekindleschool@gmail.com
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Today’s FEATURED CLASSES

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

ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS – INTERMEDIATE ⟾ Sun. class – starts on 6/24

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!  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 (Sat. class)
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 2 pm-4 pm
6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


ACTING 103: ACTING WITH EMOTION ⟾ starts on Sunday 6/24

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.

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #117354:
Acting 103 Sunday Class
"Acting With Emotion"
Tuition: $155 + $10 reg. fee
Please note time change: Sundays 11 am-1 pm
6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 13


DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS ⟾ Saturday class – starts 6/23

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team.

Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along. 

Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help. NOTE: You can bring your own drawing materials, or buy an inexpensive  materials kit. More info about the kit

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Class #162474:
Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-12 am
Four meetings: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces: 14


ACTING 101 ⟾ Sunday class – starts on 7/22

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

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #161498: Acting 101
Sunday section. July/August 2018
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Age range: 18 and older please
4 meetings: 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12
Sundays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Final meeting lasts until 3 pm
Max. enrollment: 18. Spaces open: 17


 

COLORED PENCIL DRAWING ⟾ meets on Saturday, July 21

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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Class #21910 - Colored Pencil
COLORED PENCIL DRAWING
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
July 21, Saturday, 10:30M to 4:30pm
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
(University District in Seattle)


FILMMAKING 101 ⟾ meets Wednesday September 19

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! Want to learn the basics of independent filmmaking, so you can go out and start making your own movies with confidence? Want to learn the basics of lighting, and how to record high quality audio, so your film will seem more professional? 

This Seattle filmmaking class will teach you the essentials, at a tuition you can afford.  You’ll learn about cameras and camcorders, DSLRs, lights, audio, shot lists, storyboards, lighting setups, and more. Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie

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  • To sign up now, click below

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Class #17506: Filmmaking 101
"Crash Course in Filmmaking"
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Wednesdays, 6 pm-9 pm
3 meetings: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 9


 

WRITING SHORT STORIES ⟾ Wednesday night class – starts 6/27

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! 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. 

  • To LEARN MORE about this class, CLICK HERE.
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Class #17524:
WRITING FICTION & SHORT STORIES
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm
6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 (no class on 7/4)
University of Washington (Seattle)
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


ACTING 104 ⟾ starts on Sunday July 22nd

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.

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #110130: Acting 104
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Four meetings: 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 or older.
Prerequisite: Acting 101 or a similar class
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 11
This class has free parking.


DRAWING COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS ⟾ meets on Sunday August 19

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: One-day workshop:
Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels

Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Sunday, 10am-4pm
One meeting: Sunday August 19th
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 10. Open spaces: 9
This class has free parking


ACTING FOR THE CAMERA ⟾ starts on Thursday 6/21

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 Acting

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a Beginning Acting class. If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #89852:
Acting for the Camera
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays 7 pm-9 pm
Four meetings: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10


ACTING ON CAMERA FOR KIDS ⟾ starts on 6/21 (Thursdays)

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT ▬  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 
  • Learn MORE ABOUT THIS CLASS

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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


VOICEOVER 102 ⟾ Sunday class – starts on 6/24

OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT! For students who have completed Rick May’s Voiceover 101 class, and would like to continue learning and practicing. This class is a continuance of in-depth instruction of advanced voice work. In addition to scenes and advanced commercial work, the class will also do full length shows with roles assigned and performed by students. No memorization. If you’re interested in working as a voice actor, Rick’s classes are an excellent place to start. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Voiceover Acting. 

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Class #107810: Voiceover 102
Sunday afternoon class

Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee

Sundays, 11 am-1 pm
6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15 
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces: 14



MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE ⟾ meets on Sat. 8/4

“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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Mixed Media Collage
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
Please note date correction:
Saturday August 4, 10:30am-4:30pm
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


AUDITIONING 101 ⟾ starts on Sunday, July 22

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

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #17407: Auditioning 101
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Four meetings: 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 13


ACTING 101 ⟾ Sunday class – Starts on 6/24

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

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #54085: Acting 101
Sunday section. June/July 2018
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays 4 pm-6 pm
4 meetings: 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15

Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. enrollment: 18. Open spaces: 15


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.

See you in class!