JULY CLASSES ⟾ Dates, times, and course descriptions

  • Only classes that are OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT are shown below.
  • Others will be added when they become open.


Are you an actor, or actor-in-training, who’s interested in learning how to speak believably in a variety of different accents and dialects?

 Let’s say you’re from the midwest, but your character is from the Bronx, or that you’re auditioning for the part of a character from Germany, Russia, Italy or Australia, or a totally different part of the United States? Would you feel comfortable and confident auditioning for the part?

In this class, helpful to both voiceover actors and “regular” actors, you’ll get practice speaking all of these accents and more, along with guidance and helpful tips from the instructor, an established voiceover actor. Note: You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.

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Class #162288:
Accents and Dialects for Actors
Sundays 3 pm-5 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10

ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS ⟾ starts on 7/21/18- meets on Saturdays

In this fun and easy, step-by-step class, aimed at students who have never painted before, 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 paint some simple and easy trees, flowers, and mountains
  • how to start with a pencil drawing and turn it into a lovely painting you can take home with you, or give to a friend
  • and more.

Even if you don’t know an artist’s brush from a toothbrush, you’ll have fun and learn a lot.  This really, truly is a class for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. Note: You can bring your own materials or buy a materials kit, then pick it up from the instructor in class. More about the kits.

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Class #111128: Acrylic Painting
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 8

ACTING 102 ⟾ Tuesday class – starts on 7/24

Acting 102 is a follow-up class for students who’ve taken Acting 101 or a similar class, and would like to continue learning and developing their foundation acting skills. We’ll focus on objective (figuring out what our characters want or need), motivation, and backstory. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills. For students 18 and older. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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Class #30113:
Acting 102 - Weeknight class
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Tuesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Four meetings: 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. Enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 13

CARTOONING 101 ⟾ starts 7/21 (Saturdays)

In this fun and focused class, you’ll learn how to create your own cartoon characters and show them in action, then finish them in india ink — even if you’ve never drawn before. You can bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit using the link below.

Class #17493
Cartooning 101
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm
Three meetings: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4
Seattle: University of Washington
Open to: Adults and teenagers.
Most of the students who take it are adults.
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 9

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COLORED PENCIL DRAWING ⟾ meets on Saturday, July 21

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 class for beginners is a good place to start.

In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from visuals created by the instructor, so you can work at your own pace, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help. Most students find it a fun, relaxing way to learn this interesting medium. Oh, and, the class is held in an art supply store. So you can bring your own materials, or buy the ones recommended by the instructor while you’re in the store.

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Class #21910 - Colored Pencil
Tuition: $99 + $10 registration fee
July 21, Saturday, 10:30M to 4:30pm
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
(University District in Seattle)

DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – Monday class ⟾ starts 7/23

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. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along. 

Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, the class will help. NOTE: You can bring your own drawing materials, or buy an inexpensive  materials kit. More info about the kit

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Class #111351
Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Four meetings: 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13
Mondays, 6 pm-8 pm
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces: 14

JUMPSTART YOUR MEMORY! FOR ACTORS AND OTHERS ⟾ starts 7/7 ▬ meets on Saturdays

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Class #171959:
Jumpstart Your Memory!
Memorization skills for actors and others
Tuition: $99 +$10 registration fee
Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
July 7 and July 14 (two meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces open: 11

This course is designed for actors, but anyone is welcome to take it.

Do you love acting, but struggle with memorization, and spend way too much time on it? Is memorizing dialogue a source of stress instead of a fun little step along the road to a relaxed performance?

In this class you’ll learn methods that can make a night and day difference in how easy it is to learn dialogue. We’ll do exercises actors can use to speed memorization up, and leave you free to focus on the more interesting and important elements of acting. You’ll learn techniques to help you quickly memorize large blocks of dialogue quickly and with much less effort and angst than some people put into it.

We’ll also dispel some myths about memorizing and put them to rest. Memorizing is not “just practice,” and it has nothing to do with how hard you try.  Whether you think of yourself as having a fantastic memory or a very poor memory, the methods we’ll be learning and practicing in this class can help. 


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE ⟾ starts on July 21 – meets on Saturdays *

In this class, designed to give actors film acting experience and help them to get good materials for their reels, we’ll learn a few key things about filmmaking, then film an actual short movie in class. Every student who wants to be in the class film will be in it. In previous quarters, genres have included mysteries, vampire movies, science fiction, fantasy, detective, drama and comedy.  You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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Class 17396:
Let's Make Movie
Course fee: $150 + $10 registration fee
Four meetings: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11
First 2 meetings are from 3 pm-5:30 pm
Last 2 meetings are from 3:30 pm-9:30pm
Location: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 9

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.