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.

Learn the basics of STAND-UP COMEDY in this fun, supportive, hands-on class

You’ll create original material, explore the business-side of stand-up, and have the opportunity to perform at a comedy club in front of a real audience. 

  • This is your chance to make a dream come true and get a head start if you choose to pursue comedy further. 
  • There are three classes in a classroom and then a performance in a real comedy venue here in Seattle!

STARTING IN FEBRUARY 2020

  • This is a PARTIAL LIST of February 2020 classes.
  • Courses are listed by START DATE.
  • More classes will be listed as they are scheduled by the instructors.
  • If the title is a LIVE LINK, you can sign up at any time.

STARTS FEB. 1: CARTOONING INTENSIVE


STARTS FEB. 1: VOICEOVER 101

  • Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS

  • Saturday 1 pm.-3 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

  • Saturday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  • Saturday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 101

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 102

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 3 pm-5 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 103

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 104

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 10 am-12 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: VOICEOVER 102

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 10 am-12 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 5: ACTING 102

  • Wed. Feb. 5-Feb. 26. 6 pm-8 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 6: SCREENWRITING 102


STARTS FEB. 5: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

  • Anyone can draw – this means you!
  • Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm Feb. 5-Feb. 17, 2020
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 23: SINGING FOR BEGINNERS

  • Sundays 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 23: MOVING TO THE MUSIC


STARTS FEB. 23: CHORAL SINGING FOR BEGINNERS

  • Sundays 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15. 3 PM-5 PM
  • Will open for enrollment soon

MEETS FEB. 29: FILMMAKING 101:
MAKING HIGH-QUALITY MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET

  • Saturday 2/29 only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Will open for enrollment soon

 

Now registering for: FALL QUARTER 2019 & WINTER QUARTER 2020

REKINDLE SCHOOL was established in 2002. Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus.  Most of our students are adults.

To start exploring our SEATTLE CLASSES, click the subjects below:


CHARACTER ACTING WORKSHOP

Every movie has two lead characters: the lead male and lead female. 

But many of them also have dozens of actors playing character parts — interesting, eccentric or unusual characters who move in and out of the storyline, and are sometimes more memorable than the leads. 

(Some lead actors, like Meryl Streep, are also considered character actors because of the wide range of characters they can portray.)

In this class you’ll learn how to create a range of different CHARACTER TYPES — then choose four of them to polish and perfect. You’ll have fun and get out of any performance ruts you may have fallen into, while expanding the range of characters you can play.

The exercises we’ll do in this class are fun, and can also be helpful for actors wanting to be seen by casting directors in a broader light.

IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING

Students will learn about composition, planning a painting, and underpainting as well as exploring how to apply paint in an Impressionist style.

This class is ideal for aspiring painters with some experience in oil and acrylic painting, or for beginners who have completed the instructor’s PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS course. Instructor: Diane Crago

  • Class #1: Learning about composition and creating a thumbnail from subject matter, review of color mixing studies
  • Class #2: How to plan an underpainting. Beginning a painting done in the Impressionist style
  • Class #3: Painting class
  • Class #4: Learning how to critique. More advanced painting techniques.

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ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

In this class, we’ll focus on developing our foundational CAMERA ACTING SKILLS. Whether you’re interested in acting on television; acting in commercials; acting in movies; or acting in independent films – this class can help.

Students will practice their camera-acting techniques, learning to tailor their performance to the camera.

Some in-class performances will be filmed and watched in class using a pro camcorder, and students will be given feedback on both both what they’re doing well, and how to sharpen and improve their on-camera acting.

We’ll practice interacting with other actors on camera; learning how to let go of self-consciousness and forget you’re being filmed; learning how to walk to a mark; learning how to “size” your performance as the camera angles are varied, making  your performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation; and other skills associated with acting for the camera.

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CHORAL SINGING FOR BEGINNERS

While “choral” music is normally associated with large choirs or chorales, in this case, the Musical Theater: Choral Singing For Beginners class is for new singers who would like to learn what it’s like to sing in a group. It’s as simple as that.

Anyone who has taken the Musical Theater: Singing For Beginners class and feels comfortable with the basics of reading sheet music and carrying a tune is welcome to join this class.

If you haven’t taken Singing For Beginners but already have a good idea of how to read sheet music, you also are welcome!

In this course, participants will learn simple melodies and harmonies by following sheet music provided by the instructor. We will work through more complex rhythms than in the Singing For Beginners class, so it is important that you know the basics of reading music before joining this class.

This course can be combined with any of the other Musical Theater Program classes or can be taken by itself. Instructor: Rachel Rene

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MORE ADVANCED ACTING CLASSES

See also our BEGINNING LEVEL ACTING CLASSES


  1. ACTING 201: SCRIPT ANALYSIS
  2. ACTING 202: SCRIPT ANALYSIS II
  3. ACTING 203: SCENE STUDY
  4. ACTING 204: MONOLOGUES
  5. ACTING IN COMMERCIALS

ACTING 201: SCRIPT ANALYSIS I

  • For more advanced actors. This class covers working with and without dialogue, acting choices, eye lines, continuity, coverage, working with scene partners, and more.
  • We will also begin to look at analyzing a film script to prepare for playing a role.
  • A good class for stage actors wanting to learn about how to adapt their skills to the camera
  • Open to adults and to teenagers 15 or older.
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.
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ACTING 202: SCRIPT ANALYSIS II

  • In this workshop, you’ll learn to do script analysis for film and television.
  • How to choose strong, playable objectives and actions.
  • Location-specific eye lines.
  • Eye lines for multiple scene partners.
  • Physicality for the camera based on character, script, and shot list.
  • How to play co-star roles.
  • Our “Acting for the Camera” classes can be taken in any order. 
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING 203: SCENE STUDY

  • In this class, students will be paired up,  and each pair of students will be assigned a script with characters in similar roles that they might be cast in.
  • Students will learn to work off of their scene using Meisner and Adler exercises.
  • We will review the basics of script analysis and working with actions.  We will cover and practice filming the shots that are often used in two person scenes: 2-shots (in which both actors are visible to the camera), OTS (over the shoulder shots, in which each actor is filmed over the other actor’s shoulder), and close ups (in which each actor’s face fills the screen).
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first
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ACTING IN COMMERCIALS

Interested in ACTING IN COMMERCIALS? This class will give you a better understanding of what’s involved, and help you develop both your auditioning and commercial acting skills.

  • Commercials styles continually change to meet the needs of the evolving field of digital marketing.
  • In this class students will learn to perform contemporary scripted, dialogue free, improvised, and still photography commercials.
  • We’ll also focus on auditioning for commercials.
  • Students are welcome to bring in their headshots and resumes for feedback.*
  • Instructor: Meredith Binder

*NOTE: If you do not yet have an actor headshot, and need one taken, please see this page. However, you do not need to have to have one taken before attending this class.

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MOVIE ACTING CLASSES

  • ALL of the classes in our BEGINNING ACTING SERIES have a strong focus on developing camera-acting skills. So they’re all good classes to start with.
  • Re: the classes on this page – in Acting for the Camera, we perform class exercises in front of a camera, then view them and get feedback to improve perormances
  • In Let’s Make a Movie, students perform in an actual short film. (If you take it multiple times, you will be in several different films, and end up with some good material for your actor reel.)

  1. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
  2. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
  3. ACTING 201: SCRIPT ANALYSIS
  4. ACTING 202: SCRIPT ANALYSIS II
  5. ACTING 203: SCENE STUDY
  6. ACTING 204: MONOLOGUES (for camera)
  7. ACTING 205: COMMERCIALS
  8. Acting in a Horror Movie (will be back in 2020)
  9. Acting in a 48 Hour Movie (will be back in 2020)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • The courses below are not acting classes per se, but can also be useful for students wanting to learn about different aspects of filmmaking, including developing your writing and directing skills: