- Looking for enjoyable, affordable Seattle Classes and Workshops?
- Looking to have some fun, rekindle your creativity, and take a break from it all?
REKINDLE SCHOOL offers dozens of different classes, in topics including drawing and painting, writing, acting, voiceover, filmmaking, and more. Our program was established in 2002. We offer enjoyable, non-credit classes in the arts. This means that the focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades.
Locations include the University of Washington campus, Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and more. To start exploring our course offerings, click the links below.
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- Our classes are co-sponsored by the Seattle Experimental College
- Most 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do your classes still meet on the University of Washington campus? Some classes do; some meet elsewhere in the city.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Do you have an email list? Yes, you can join it here.
- 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
- Do you also offer online classes? Not at this time.
- Do you have gift certificates? Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.
- 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
- I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so? Please read this page
- What is 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.
- Do you offer certificates of completion? Yes, we have certificates in several subject areas. More info
- 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.
- Other questions? Feel free to contact us! Email is the quickest way to reach us: email@example.com
…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.
“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
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!