1. What is Rekindle School?  We’re an independent “arts” school in Seattle. We offer fun, affordable classes for the general public. We’re a Seattle art school, Seattle acting school, and Seattle film school, all rolled into one.
  2. What’s your guiding philosophy? Our philosophy is that being anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent.” Creative impulses don’t really go away, but can go “dormant” for a while if we get busy for other things. The creative spirit can be rekindled.  When you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.
  3. Where do your classes meet?  Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Others meet at community centers around the city. (We also recently added some classes in Redmond, Washington, and plan on adding more on the east side in the future.
  4. Is your program accredited? No, we offer non-credit classes in the arts. This means that the focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades. 
  5. How long have you been in operation? Since 2002.We started out offering a handful of classes, then added more as our students requested them.
  6. Are your classes one-day workshops, or do they have multiple meetings?  We do offer some one-day workshops, and will be adding more in the future.  But most classes have multiple meetings.
  7. Do your classes still meet on the University of Washington campus? Some classes do; some meet elsewhere in the city.
  8. What sorts of classes do you offer? Our class offerings range from drawing and painting to acting, filmmaking, writing, collage, calligraphy, WordPress, Photoshop, and more.
  9. Are your classes accredited?  No, they’re not-for-credit, meaning there are no tests, grades or exams to worry about.  The focus is on learning and having fun.
  10. Do you offer certificates of completion?   Yes! Please read this page.
  11. What’s different about your school, from other schools? Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not accepted. For example, when summer classes end (in most schools), there’s a break of a few weeks before summer class dates become open for enrollment.When we designed our program, we did away with that gap.  On the day after a class or workshop begins each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class or workshop for the following quarter. For example:  If the summer session of “Moon Dancing” begins on July 7th, the winter session of “Moon Dancing” will open up for enrollment on morning of July 8th, so you don’t have to wait weeks for another opportunity to enroll. You can sign up any time, for any of our classes.
  12. How do students sign up for classes? Just click the “Sign Me Up” link and follow the prompts!  You can pay by credit/debit card or Paypal.
  13. Do you have an email list? Yes, you can join it here.
  14. Can kids sign up, or are the classes just for adults?  Most classes are designed for adults, and most of our students are over 18. Some teachers do allow younger students, but you should check first… Learn more
  15. Do you also offer online classes?  Not at this time.
  16. Do you have gift certificates?  Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.
  17. How do I find the building(s) where classes are held? When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with driving and parking directions…  Learn more
  18. I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so? Please read this page
  19. What  is your policy on withdrawals, refunds and cancelations?  Please read this page.
  20. Do you offer team building workshops (or morale workshops) for businesses?  Yes! Please read this page.
  21. Do you offer certificates of completion? Yes, we have certificates in several subject areas.  More info
  22. Is Rekindle School a part of the Experimental College? There have actually been two Experimental Colleges in Seattle. One was run by the ASUW (the student government at the University of Washington). We cosponsored classes with them for several years. When their program closed down, a new program was set up, the New Seattle Experimental College. We cosponsor classes with them too. (“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  More info.
  23. Other questions? Feel free to contact us! Email is the quickest way to reach us:

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,, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.