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.

ONLINE ACTING CLASSES —— IN-PERSON CLASSES —— AND MORE

  • We offer both ONLINE and IN-PERSON acting classes at Rekindle.
  • Our IN-PERSON ACTING CLASSES meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They’re on a break due to coronavirus but you can still sign up to hold your place.  MORE INFO — SEE THIS PAGE!
  • Our ONLINE CLASSES are based on meetings with a live instructor in real time. They can be taken anywhere in the world. MORE INFO – SEE THIS PAGE or SCROLL DOWN

Waiting for IN-PERSON CLASSES? Sign up now to hold your space!

We’ve had many requests from students asking if they can sign up now to hold their space for future IN-PERSON classes.

To do this, just go to a class page and click the “sign me up” link as usual. Then when new class dates are scheduled, we’ll email you with the dates so you can choose one that works for you.

Here’s a list of classes you can do this for. (More will be added soon)

  1. ACTING 101
  2. STAND-UP COMEDY

MAY 17 UPDATE

Some students have emailed to ask if we have any updates on when our in-person classes will resume. We are hoping to restart several of them in July.  (That could change of course depending on how things go with the reopening, or the governor’s recommendations.)

During the break, we’ve been brainstorming about ways to incorporate social distancing. Some ideas that have come to mind are small class sizes so students can sit several feet apart, and wiping down the tables (in classes that use tables) with clorox wipes.



We’d love to hear your ideas too – feel free to email us any that you have.

In the meantime, we have several ONLINE CLASSES starting soon, including a new session of Voiceover 101; a new Voiceover 102 class; and several new ACTING CLASSES, including an online “film yourself” version of Let’s Make a Movie. Plus, we have online versions of Cartooning and Drawing for Absolute Beginners starting soon.

Our online classes take place using Zoom. You don’t need your own Zoom account, just a device with an online connection. Here’s a list of classes starting soon.

ONLINE ACTING CLASSES —


ONLINE ART CLASSES —

SOME FEATURED CLASSES

LET’S MAKE A MOVIE – In this online film acting class, we’ll start out by meeting in “Zoom” for an orientation. After that, the instructor will write a script, and will work with students individually to film their parts on their cameras or other devices. Then the footage filmed by students will be edited into a movie with a professional musical score. Open for enrollment! More info – sign up now


ACTING IN COMMERCIALS – Interested in ACTING IN COMMERCIALS? This ONLINE ACTING CLASS, conducted using Zoom, will give you a better understanding of what’s involved, and help you develop both your auditioning and commercial acting skills. More info – sign up now


MONOLOGUES FOR ACTORS 102 – Need a monologue that you can put online as a showcase for your acting skills? This ONLINE ACTING CLASS will cover branding, choosing a monologue to fit your brand, and more. Open for enrollment! More info – sign up now


VOICEOVER 101 – In this fun, focused online class, students will learn the fundamentals of voice acting ONLINE from a professional voiceover actor. More info – sign up now


Stay well! We hope to see you soon in a class.

P.S. Remember that if you had signed up for a class that was interrupted or postponed, we will keep holding a place for you in our in person classes with they reopen.

And it’s also fine to switch your enrollment to an in-person class if you’d like to do so. Just email us at Rekindleschool@gmail.com to let us know if you’d like to. And also feel free to email us if you’d like recommendations about which classes to take.

When will our IN-PERSON classes return?

Hi everyone, some folks have been emailing to ask if we have an idea when our in-person classes will be back.

Our best estimate at this point is that it would make sense to bring them back when Washington state reaches what Governor Inslee calls “Phase Three” – which health authorities are hoping would be around or after June 15th.

For us, this would mean starting new classes up after the July 4th weekend, so actually mid-July (so that classes don’t get interrupted by the Independence Day holiday)

When we resume classes, we’ll keep doing so with social distancing, i.e., placing chairs further apart from each other, and having longer breaks between classes so that there’s time to wipe down things like tables and doorknobs with Clorox wipes.

We understand that some students, particularly those in vulnerable populations, may decide that it’s best to stay cautious. So for them, we’ll continue offering online versions of many of our classes. 

These ideas are preliminary, just our interpretation of the current guidelines. Like everyone, we’re trying to feel our way to the best solution. We would be very interested in hearing from all of you, so feel free to email us your thoughts and ideas. We want to make sure that whatever we end up doing, that it’s safe for both our students and instructors.


According to this Seattle Times article, these events would be allowed after June 15, if all goes as hoped (this could change if infection rates start trending upward instead of leveling off):


Allowed in Phase 3


  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities — capped at groups of 50 people.
  • Recreational facilities such as public pools — operating at less than 50% capacity
  • All gatherings capped at 50 people
  • Nonessential travel can resume
  • Restaurants can operate at up to 75% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of 10
  • Bars at under 25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at under 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters at under 50% capacity
  • Government offices open. Telework remains strongly encouraged.
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other businesses other than nightclubs and events with more than 50 people.

 

 

Topics you can take as private lessons

ART

  1. DRAWING – BEGINNING
  2. DRAWING – INTERMEDIATE
  3. DRAWING – ADVANCED
  4. CARTOONING 
  5. DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS
  6. FIGURE DRAWING
  7. DRAWING IN PERSPECTIVE
  8. COLORED PENCIL DRAWING
  9. ACRYLIC PAINTING
  10. WATERCOLOR PAINTING
  11. DRAWING WITH OIL PASTELS
  12. OIL PAINTING
  13. IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING
  14. MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE

ACTING

  1. ACTING FUNDAMENTALS
  2. ACTING WITH EMOTION
  3. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
  4. AUDITIONING 

FILMMAKING

  1. MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET
  2. SCREENWRITING 101
  3. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE (ONLINE VERSION)

WRITING CLASSES

  1. SCREENWRITING 101
  2. WRITING FICTION

SOFTWARE

  1. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

ONLINE ACTING CLASSES —

ONLINE ART CLASSES —

ONLINE ART CLASSES –

DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step ONLINE DRAWING 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. More info


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

In this Seattle oil painting class, open to everyone but intended for absolute beginners, you’ll learn the techniques of the Old Masters, including glazing, impasto and palette knife painting techniques, producing a finished realistic painting with inner glow and lasting beauty.  This fun, step-by-step class offers offers personalized instruction within the camaraderie of a small group setting. More info


CARTOONING 101

Looking for a fun introductory CARTOONING CLASS? Our instructor is in Seattle, but you can take this “real time” class anywhere in the world.  Topics covered in this intensive four week course include: How to draw cartoon faces and figures from several different angles; how to draw facial expressions and emotions; how to draw human and animal cartoon characters, and finish them in ink; and more. More info

  1. Our IN-PERSON CLASSES meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. 
  2. They’ve been postponed due to the virus but will be back soon. 
  3. Our ONLINE CLASSES can be taken on any mobile device using Zoom. See list below: