SEATTLE ART CLASSES

Looking for Art Classes in Seattle? We have several starting soon.

  • Locations include Phinney Neighborhood Center; Greenwood Senior Center;  Artist and Craftsman Store; and the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • To start exploring our Seattle art classes and workshops, scroll down or click the COURSE TITLES below.

  1. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
  2. COLORED PENCIL DRAWING
  3. DRAWING IN PEN, BRUSH AND INK
  4. LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY
  5. FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP
  6. DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS
  7. PERSPECTIVE DRAWING
  8. ACRYLIC PAINTING 101
  9. WATERCOLOR PAINTING 101
  10. OIL PAINTING 101
  11. MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
  12. CARTOONING
  13. COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION
  14. ZENTANGLE

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ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this fun and easy, step-by-step class, aimed at students who have never painted before, you’ll learn:

  • how to mix and blend colors in acrylics
  • how to use brushes to create a variety of textures and patterns
  • how to paint some simple and easy trees, flowers, and mountains
  • how to start with a pencil drawing and turn it into a lovely painting you can take home with you, or give to a friend
  • and more.

Even if you don’t know an artist’s brush from a toothbrush, you’ll have fun and learn a lot.  This really, truly is a class for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. Note: You can bring your own materials or buy a materials kit, then pick it up from the instructor in class. More about the kits.

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Class #111128: Acrylic Painting
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 8


CARTOONING 101

In this fun and focused class, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, then finish them in india ink — even if you’ve never drawn before. You can bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit using the link below.

Class #17493
Cartooning 101
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm
Three meetings: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4
Seattle: University of Washington
Open to: Adults and teenagers.
Most of the students who take it are adults.
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 9

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COLORED PENCIL DRAWING

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)


DRAWING COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS

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


DRAWING FACES and PORTRAITS

In this information-filled drawing class, you’ll learn:

  • how to draw faces from the front view, side view and 3/4 view, using an easy step-by-step method
  • all about proportions and facial expressions
  • how to draw realistic, recognizable portraits of people from photos or from life
  • how to draw men’s faces, women’s faces and children’s faceds
  • how to draw hair 
  • how to draw people from different counties and cultures
  • how to draw the features: ears, noses, eyes, eyebrows and mouths

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Class 28575: Drawing Faces and Portraits.
Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm (Six class hours)
Three meetings: 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10


DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

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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  • If you need a MATERIALS KIT, CLICK HERE

SIGN UP NOW FOR MONDAY NIGHT CLASS IN JULY:

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Class #111351
Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Four meetings: 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13
Mondays, 6 pm-8 pm
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces: 14


OR SIGN UP FOR THE ONE DAY WORKSHOP VERSION IN AUGUST:

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Class #162474: Drawing for Absolute Beginners
ONE DAY WORKSHOP VERSION
Tuition: $110 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-3 pm. Meets on August 11
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 11

FIGURE DRAWING

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


LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY

A one-day version of our popular “Drawing for Absolute Beginners” class.  Come join us to have fun, doodle, draw, sketch basic shapes and negative spaces, and learn the basics of drawing in a day. 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
ONE DAY WORKSHOP VERSION
Tuition: $110 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-3 pm. Meets on August 11
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 11


 

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE

“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


OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Oil painting can be fun! Especially when you’re painting with water-miscible oils, like the kind we’ll be using in this class. (They clean up in a jiffy with soap and water — no turpentine or solvents needed!)

In this class, students will learn how to work with oils, using an easy step-by-step method that will have you falling in love with oils. You’ll learn how to paint some simple and easy shapes, how to mix and blend colors, and how to paint some easy landscape elements. 

If you love the look of paintings done with oils, but have been afraid to try them because they seem like they would be too hard, this class is for you! 

Class 68934: Oil Painting for Beginners
Tuition: $110 + $10 registration fee
Saturday August 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
University of Washington campus
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 11

 

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PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

Whether you like drawing just for fun, or draw or paint professionally, knowledge of perspective can make your artwork look more realistic and three-dimensional.

In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of one, two and three point perspective, and how to use some easy principles to enhance the realism in your drawings, paintings or doodles, create a sense of depth and environment, and solve some visual problems with easy solutions.

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

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Class 17465: Drawing in Perspective
Tuition: $130 + $10 registration fee
Tuesdays, 6pm-8 pm 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
Seattle: University of Washington
Open to adults and teens. Most students are adults.
Max. enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 8


 

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Looking for a Seattle watercolor class that’s open to everyone, even those who’ve never painted before? “Watercolor Workshop” is a pleasant introduction to watercolor painting for anyone who enjoys color and wants to experience the joy of watching a painting of your own happen. By the end of the class, students will take home a variety of vibrant, fun paintings that you have created for yourself.

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Class # 162979:
Watercolor Workshop
Tuition: $105 + $10 registration fee
Saturday, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
August 11 only (one day workshop)
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Parking: There is a for-pay parking lot across from the store, and (sometimes) free street parking in the neighborhood.
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 11

 


 

ZENTANGLE

The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, called tangles. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called “tiles.” We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics. You will be able to draw a simple but satisfying piece of art in 60 minutes. 

Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle art.  It is a proven method to promote mindfulness and fosters self-esteem, self-confidence, focus, relaxation, creativity, and stress relief. People of all ages and skill levels can create Zentangle® art and have fun in the process,

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Class 166344: Zentangle
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Location: Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th Street, Seattle 98103
Thursdays, 6 pm-8 pm
Four meetings: Oct 4, 1, 18, 25
Max. enrollment: 12.