1. 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.
  2. Are your classes for adults or for kids? Almost all of our students are adults, but some classes are open to younger folks. To check whether a particular class is appropriate for a specific age group, please contact us.
  3. Is your program accredited? No, we offer noncredit classes in the arts. This means that the focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades.
  4. Who are you folks? And how long have you been in operation? is an independent educational program offering fun, affordable noncredit classes in the greater Seattle area. We were established in 2002. We started out offering a handful of classes, then added more as our students requested them.  We currently offer over forty classes a quarter, in a wide range of subject areas.  Our instructors are independent contractors who design and teach their own classes and workshops.
  5. Do you have a guiding philosophy as a school? 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.” When you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.
  6. Are your classes one-day workshops, or do they have multiple meetings?  Most of them are classes that have multiple meetings. But we do offer some one-day workshops, and will be adding more in the future.  Think of us as a Seattle art school, Seattle acting school, and Seattle film school, all rolled into one.
  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?  One thing that’s different is that you can always sign up for any of our classes. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 of Paypal.  Learn more
  14. Do you have an email list? Yes, you can join it here.
  15. Can kids sign up, or are the classes just for adults?  Our 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
  16. Do you also offer online classes?  Not at this time, but we are hoping to in the future… Learn more
  17. Do you have gift certificates?  Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.
  18. How do I find the building? When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with driving and parking directions…  Learn more
  19. I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so? Please read this page
  20. What’s your policy on withdrawals, refunds and cancelations?  Please read this page.
  21. Do you offer team building workshops (or morale workshops) for businesses?  Yes! Please read this page.
  22. Do you offer certificates of completion? Yes, we have certificates in several subject areas.  More info
  23. Is a part of the University of Washington’s ASUW Experimental College? This question comes up a lot, or used to, because we used to cosponsor classes along with the UW’s Experimental College.  This meant the same classes could be found on both websites. So people would sometimes confuse the two programs.  More info.
  24. 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.