About Rekindle School…

Rekindle School is an independent educational program located in Seattle, Washington.  We offer fun, affordable classes in the arts, in subjects including drawing, painting, cartooning, writing, filmmaking and other subjects.  Our classes are about having fun and learning new skills, not about tests or grades. 

Our program was established in 2002, under the name Classesandworkshops.com.  We added the name Rekindle School in 2017.

Some of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The others meet in community centers around the city. Most of our classes are held in Seattle, but we also have a few classes on the East Side, in Redmond.

Some students may remember our affiliation with Seattle’s original EC (the ASUW Experimental College, which co-sponsored many of our classes, before being dissolved as a business entity in 2017. When it closed, a group of instructors set up a new Seattle Experimental College.

Like the previous EC, Seattle Experimental College co-sponsors many of our classes (and we handle the registrations for theirs). This means that you can sign up for the same classes on our website, or on the EC’s.


Our philosophy


  • Our philosophy is that everyone is born creative. It’s a part of being human.
  • Anyone can learn how to draw, paint, write, doodle, tell stories, make quilts, write poems, make music, or express their creativity in myriad other ways.
  • The impulse to be creative is inborn. We have a human need to find ways to be creative as long as we’re alive.
  • Whether you’re hoping to learn something new and different you’ve never tried before; go deeper into a subject you love, and learn more about it; or rekindle a creative energy you thought you might have lost, our classes and workshops can help.  

About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.