Looking for drawing, painting, collage, and other art classes in Seattle?

Rekindle School offers almost twenty different art classes each quarter, in subjects including drawing, painting, colored pencil, cartooning, zentangle, and more.

  • Some run for several meetings.
  • Others are one-day workshops.
  • Most meet on the University of Washington campus.
  • To start exploring our Seattle art classes, click the links below:




Acrylics are fun! They’re vibrant and colorful, and are great for beginning painters.

  • Working with acrylics can be similar to working with oils, but without the fumes.
  • Acrylics dry fast, are easy to use, quick to clean up, and are “forgiving” because you can paint right over errors in a way that isn’t possible when using watercolors or oils.

This Seattle painting class is intended for BEGINNERS who would like to learn the basics of painting using acrylics in just three meetings. In it, 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 start with an image, loose sketch, or idea, and turn it into a lovely painting you can take home with you, or give to a friend
  • How to work with different mediums, to get some fun different effects
  • And more. 
  • You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and you’ll learn techniques you can practice to develop your painting skills further in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor in class. It includes paints, brushes, medium, palettes and canvases. It is not charged when you sign up. It’s fine also to bring your own materials and use them instead. Lonni Flowers, instructor.

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starts Sat. 10/6/2018 at 10 a.m.
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10am-12:30pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 5

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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. You can bring your own drawing materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit. 

Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help.  Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along. 

You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional. Drawing for Absolute Beginners is a good beginning-level class for people who have not drawn before, as well as students would like a refresher in the basics. You’ll have fun, learn a lot, and get off to a good start.  

About the Instructor:  Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, and has taught both accredited and non-accredited classes in Seattle for over twenty years, through the University of Washington’s Experimemtal College,  Antioch University’s Heritage Institute, Shoreline Community College, and  He teaches several different classes through Rekindle School.  More information

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How to sign up

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  • Choose the section you want from the list below, and click the “SIGN ME UP” button.  
  • Tuition does not include materials. If you would like to buy a MATERIALS KIT, please click here


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Class 163697: 
Drawing for Absolute Beginners -
Sundays 10 am-12 pm 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg fee
University of Washington campus

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Class 108034: Drawing for absolute beginners -
Tuesdays 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11. 6:30pm-8:30pm
$150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington Campus


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Class #111351: Drawing for Absolute Beginners -
Saturdays, 10 am-noon: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Max. enrollment: 14. Enrolled so far: 12



Looking for a fun introductory class in cartooning? In this class, aimed at beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before.

Topics covered in this Seattle cartooning class include:

  1. How to draw cartoon heads and faces from several different angles, rotating the head (and body) while keeping a good resemblance to the character you’re drawing
  2. How to draw facial expressions and emotions
  3. How to draw cartoon figures, clothing, hands, and feet
  4. How to draw human and animal characters
  5. How to draw in pencil, then finish your cartoons in ink
  6. How to draw cartoon backgrounds, such as living rooms and outdoor scenes, then put your characters in them
  7. How to draw newspaper comic strips (such as Doonesbury, The Far Side or Garfield)
  8. How to draw humorous one panel “spot” and “gag” cartoons
  9. How to get your cartoons published, and how perhaps make some money doing cartooning
  10. … and more.  

Whether you’re interested in gag cartoons, greeting cards, humorous illustration, drawing comic books or newspaper strips, or taking a cartooning class just for fun, this class will get you off to a good start. Nils Osmar, instructor.

© Nils Osmar 2018, all rights reserved.

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Class #17493 - Cartooning 101 - meets Sat. 10/13 at 10 a.m.
Tuition: $125 + $10 registration fee
One-day workshop: Sat. 10/13, 10 am-4 pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 12

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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 for Beginners workshop is a good place to start.

Colored pencils are the cleanest, most portable medium you can find.  There’s no paint to spill, no dust, no smudging or smearing, and no drying time. Unlike paints, there’s no need for water or other solvents.

You can carry colored pencils with you, take them anywhere, and if you see something you’d like to draw, pop them out and sketch or “paint” a lovely color image of it wherever you are.

In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from step by step materials created by the instructor, so you can work at your own pace, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help.

About the materials:

An inexpensive materials kit for this class will be available for purchase in the first class.  You can buy the materials right in the store where the class is held; you don’t pay us, you just buy them at the counter at the store. 

Images at right: Working in colored pencil on a softly colored paper, the instructor starts with a sketch in pencil; starts sketching in the white areas; then begins layering in the other colors, blending carefully, to create this lovely portrait of a dog. This is one of the approaches you’ll learn in this class. © Lonni Flowers 2018.

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Sun. 12/9 10:30-4 pm. A fun 1-day workshop!
Tuition $110 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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In this class, open to everyone, students will start out by learning how to draw realistically proportioned adult human figures in a simplified comic book style, then learn how to show them in action. We’ll practice drawing, shading and inking the figure and moving it around on the page. 

You’ll learn about page layout and design, as they relate to comics and graphic novels; composition and visual continuities; how to tell a story with pictures; and how to use dramatic lighting and cinematic camera angles such as closeups, medium shots, long shots, high angle  shots and low angle shots, to engage the reader and move your story along.

After that, students will practice drawing some actual comic book stories.  You’ll learn how to draw fight scenes, action scenes, and how to imbue even quiet moments in your story with dramatic tension.  We’ll take a look at student drawings and look at what works in each page and how to improve it.  We’ll also look at what goes into illustrating exciting and dramatic comic book stories.

Whether you’re an aspiring comic book illustrator or a hobbyist — whether you’re into traditional comics or experimental comics — you’ll learn a lot and have an opportunity to increase your skills as you work through the exercises in the class.  Instructor: Nils Osmar

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Class #27702: Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
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In this fun, information-filled drawing class, you’ll learn:

  • how to draw men’s, women’s, and children’s faces
  • how to draw folks from different counties and cultures
  • how to draw facial angles and expressions
  • how to draw the features: ears, noses, eyes, eyebrows and mouths
  • how to catch a resemblance when drawing from a photo or life
  • how to draw hair
  • Beginners are welcome

You can bring your own drawing materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit. Nils Osmar, instructor.

  • Below: Side view and front view of adult male faces. © Nils Osmar 2018
  • Lower: An example of a drawing done in class. Nils drew it as a live demo, projecting the image, while students were asked to sketch along, showing how to start with an oval, map out the proportions, and start drawing a face.

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Class 28575: Drawing Faces - Winter 2019 dates:
Tuesdays 1/8/19, 1/15/19, 1/22/19, 6pm-8pm
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $125 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2



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Class #17443: Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink
This class will be back in 2019. Please check back!

In this class you’ll learn to use brush-pens, inking brushes, felt tip pens and nib pens to create striking high-contrast images. You’ll learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more. Nils Osmar, instructor



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Class #162474: Learn to Draw in a Day -
Saturday 10/27 only, 10 am-3 pm
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10

A one-day version of our popular “Drawing for Absolute Beginners” class. You could spend your life trying to figure out drawing – or learn some basics that’ll make it a hundred times easier, in this class. Come join us to doodle, draw, have fun, and learn the basics of drawing in a day. Bring your own drawing materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit. Nils Osmar, instructor



“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



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! 


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    Class 68934: Oil Painting for Beginners
    Sunday 12/16, 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
    Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
    University of Washington campus
    Seattle: University of Washington campus
    Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 11




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



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
Saturdays 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 1:30pm-4 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 8

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  • There is an optional $20 materials fee payable to the instructor in class.
  • If you’d rather bring your OWN materials instead, please bring:
  • 140 lb. cold press paper; brushes #8 round, #12 round, and ¾ to 1 inch flat; tube watercolor paints (preferred)…an assortment of colors, but specifically a red, Ultramarine blue, and Lemon or Cadmium Yellow (light).



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, 11, 18, 25
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces open: 11

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