FUN, AFFORDABLE SEATTLE CLASSES

AUGUST 1 UPDATE

  • Our IN-PERSON classes meet on the University of Washington campus. They’ll be back when the situation allows.
  • In the meantime – check out our ONLINE CLASSES below!
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: You can now take our LET’S MAKE A MOVIE either online or in person (with social distancing). More details

ONLINE CLASSES STARTING SOON

Our ONLINE CLASSES are “real time” classes with an instructor. You can take them wherever in the world you live. Here’s a list of classes starting soon.


CLASSES FOR ADULTS

AUGUST CLASSES

  1. VOICEOVER 101 — starts Sat. August 8
  2. ACTING 101 – starts Sun. 8/9: This section is FULL. See open sections below
  3. VOICEOVER 104 – starts Sat. Aug. 15

SEPTEMBER CLASSES

  1. DRAWING 101 – starts Tues. Sept. 8
  2. PAINTING 101 – starts Wed. Sept. 9
  3. CARTOONING 101 – starts Thurs. Sept. 10
  4. VOICEOVER 102 — starts Sat. Sept. 12
  5. ACTING 101 – starts Sat. Sept. 12
  6. ACTING 102 – starts Sun. Sept. 13
  7. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sun. Sept. 13
  8. SCREENWRITING 101 – starts Mon. Sept. 14

OCTOBER CLASSES

  1. DRAWING FACES & PORTRAITS – starts Tues. Oct. 6
  2. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS –– starts Friday October 9
  3. ACTING 102 – starts Sat. Oct. 10
  4. ACTING 103: CHARACTER ACTING – starts Sat. Oct. 11
  5. DRAWING 101 – starts Sat. Oct. 10
  6. ACTING 101 – starts Sat. Oct. 11
  7. SCREENWRITING 102 –– starts Mon. Oct. 12
  8. FIGURE DRAWING – starts on Tues. Oct. 20
  9. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sat. Oct. 25
  10. More classes will be listed soon
  • NOTE: LET’S MAKE A MOVIE is a “hybrid” class –– there are some online meetings but if you live in or near Seattle, you can opt to meet with the instructor in person (with social distancing) to film your scenes.)



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REKINDLE YOUR CREATIVITY

Rekindle School was established in 2002. We offer fun, affordable classes in drawing, painting, acting, filmmaking and other subjects. Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Others meet in community centers.

BUY A GIFT CARD FOR A FUTURE CLASS

See a class you like? Buying a GIFT CARD (or gift certificate) is a way or signing up and reserving your place. You can then redeem it and join a class when in-person classes start again. If you don’t find a section that works, you can choose between a refund or finding a different class.


A note to our students

Our classes are postponed due to coronavirus, but will be back when the situation improves. We’ll look forward to working with you again when classes resume. Stay healthy!


CLASSES STARTING SOON

ACTING CLASSES, ART CLASSES, AND MORE

ALL SEATTLE CLASSES

Looking for a class? Let us know!

We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses.

See you in class!

Update – April 17th

  • Our IN-PERSON CLASSES have been POSTPONED due to coronavirus. They’ll be back soon.
  • During this break, we invite you to check out our upcoming classes on this page. Then when our school reopens, we’ll announce new class dates.
  • Questions? Email us at rekindleschool@gmail.com. 
  • Stay safe and healthy!

P.S. One easy way to keep in the loop is to join our Facebook “New and Announcements” group.


FILMMAKING 101: MAKING HIGH-QUALITY MOVIES ON A TINY BUDGET 

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Interested in making your own documentaries, commercials, independent shorts or feature films, and wanting them to be as good as possible, but have a limited budget? Have questions about lighting, audio, camcorders, or how to choose the best editing software?

  • This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, clear up the confusion, and get you off to a good start.
  • You’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • You’ll learn money-saving methods that will move you forward toward your goals, without spending a penny more than you need to.
  • Students taking this class often also sign up for Let’s Make a Movie, to give them a place to practice filming. 
  • All levels are welcome.

In this Seattle filmmaking class:

  • You’ll learn about CAMERAS, CAMCORDERS and DSLRS: what the choices are, which is best for your project, and how to spend the least amount of money to get something that will work for the movies you’re planning on making
  • You’ll learn about LIGHTING –– how film lights are used, how they can create the mood you’re looking for, and how to buy high quality lights that will last for years and give you good results, without spending a fortune.
  • Plus, we’ll look at common LIGHTING PROBLEMS, and how to avoid them –– and how to fix some of the ones that do occur using editing software. 
  • You’ll learn about AUDIO, i.e., how to record actors’ voices and other sounds clearly and distinctly
  • You’ll learn about the MAIN TYPES OF MICROPHONES, how they work, what they’re used for, and how to choose the best one for your project.
  • You’ll learn to use a SHOTGUN MIC to record high quality audio while screening out unwanted background sounds
  • You’ll learn about CAMERA ANGLES, such as close-ups, medium shots, long shots, reverse shots, dutch angles, and more, and how to use the angles effectively to tell your story
  • Plus, you’ll get some good tips about FILM FESTIVALS AND DISTRIBUTION, fundraising for independent filmmakers, making movies for Youtube and social media, and figuring out ways to share your movie or documentary with the world. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students taking this class often also sign up for Let’s Make a Movie, to give them a place to practice filming. 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the difference between this class and Let’s Make a Movie?

  • This class is informational. There’s a lot the people need to learn before they run out and start filming movies. 
  • In this class, you learn HOW to make movies. It’s an information-based class, aimed at giving you the key basic information you need to start going out and making your own films.
  • Our other Seattle film class, Let’s Make a Movie, is a place where we actually film a short movie in class.

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Student comments about our film classes

…I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to the other students and to thank you. I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials. I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me. I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.  I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!    I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class.- J. Vega

The instructor is professional and well organized and had patience for questions from beginners. I will recommend the class to my friends. – R.W., Seattle

I learned exactly what I have been wanting (and needing) to. – Chris L., Seattle

slate2Thanks for showing us how to make a low budget movie look great. – H.T., Seattle

You took me from doing amateurish films to making the kind of movies I had been trying to. Thank you for all of your help. – Jerry W. Kent

I liked that we covered so many elements of filmmaking, including visual storytelling, camera angles, lighting, and audio.  I recommend your class for people who are looking for excellent introductory filmmaking classes. Your film classes and acting classes are a real resource to the community. – S. Frey, Seattle

… just to say thank you for the class Nils. I feel like I’m on track now to make more professional movies and actually start getting them into film festivals. – Alan D., Bellevue

I was hoping to learn some basics about filmmaking and see how it was all done. That’s exactly what I got. I will recommend the class to my friends. – J.G., Seattle

LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

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OCTOBER-NOVEMBER CLASS – SIGN UP NOW:

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Class 17396-2-2: Let's Make a Movie -
Saturdays, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23
First two meetings: 3 pm-5 pm
Last two meetings: 3 pm-8 pm (or thereabouts)
We may also film for several hours on May 30.
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
Open to students 18 and older.
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 3


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  • Want to have some fun acting in a movie, while learning how films are made, and getting some practical on-camera acting experience? And get some good material for your actor reel?
  • In this class, you will.
  • Working together as a group, we’ll brainstorm, create and film a short movie. It will be edited professionally and have a professional soundtrack and musical score.
  • Everyone in the class who wants to, will be in the film.
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward either our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program or 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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How it works:

  1. We’ll meet on the first day and talk a bit about how movies are made; do some improv and sight reading to get an idea of each student’s abilities as an actor; and find out how each of the students wants to participate (i.e., acting in the movie? Helping out behind the scenes?).
  2. The instructor will then go home and write a script designed to give every student who wants to be in the movie, a role in it. 
  3. In the remaining meeting(s), we’ll film the movie, using a high def prosumer camcorder, pro tripod, and professional lighting and audio equipment.
  4. After filming is completed, the movie will be edited and have an original musical score created.  Then, we’ll have a wrap party and screen the movie  (Feel free to invite family and friends to the wrap party!) (The wrap party will be scheduled after filming is completed.)
  5. This class is taught by Seattle filmmaker Nils Osmar.  Nils’s films have played in international film festivals. To visit the instructor’s IMDB (professional film credits) page, click here.

Who should take this class?

Two groups of students tend to sign up for this class:

  1. Actors hoping to learn more about film acting technique by actually being in a film, and  get footage they can use in their reels. 
  2. People wanting to learn more about filmmaking, because they’re interested in making their own movies.

If you’re in the first group, you may want to take this class along with our ACTING FOR THE CAMERA class.

If you’re in the second group, you may want to take this class along with our CRASH COURSE IN FILMMAKING class.

“I’d like to thank you. After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs. One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production… and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production. The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.  

Tell everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it. It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S. (Hollywood)

About the instructor

Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, working as a visual artist, writer, director and independent filmmaker. He has taught acting classes, film classes, and other classes and workshops for over twenty years.  His films have played at major international film festivals.

 


Frequently asked questions

Are students required to act in the movie? No. Some people sign up just to learn about filmmaking, and decide they would rather focus on behind-the-scene things like operating the camcorder, setting up lights, or recording audio. You’ll need to decide whether you want to be in the movie by the end of the first class.

I notice it meets on the U.W. campus. Are most of the people who take the class, University of Washington students? Our enrollment is usually about 1/3 U.W. students, and 2/3 members of the general public. The folks who sign up end to be of all different ages and backgrounds.

What if I don’t like the script we end up with, and don’t want to be in the movie?  This is rarely an issue, but if, after reading the script, you decide you don’t want to be in the movie, and let us know within 48 hours of the script being mailed out, you can either get back half of your course fee, or apply the entire tuition paid toward other class(es) on the Rekindle School website.

What sorts of movies do you usually film in the class? In the past, we’ve done everything from film noire detective movies, to mockumentaries, horror flicks, zombie movies, action movies, science fiction and fantasy, satire, humor, and romance. We’ll film whatever the students as a group decide to make.

What will happen to the movie when it’s finished? We’ll upload it to online, so you can send links to your friends to see it. We’ll give actors a link where they can download it if they would like to use a clip from it for their reels.

Student comments

I’d actually like to thank you. After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs. One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production… and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production. The reel we made was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact the directors thought I was funny and comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs. So your class I did pick up some pointers and payed attention. Tell everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it. It was a slow start, but now I’m living in la and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. -K. S., Hollywood

I was looking for a filmmaking class, then decided it would be fun to try acting too. I ended up taking the class twice, once to get some experience behind the camera, and the second time to try my hand at acting. Both experiences were interesting and very challenging. I’m also taking the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which fills in a lot of the more technical information there wasn’t time to cover in Let’s Make a Movie.  I recommend all of the instructor’s classes. – Barb B.

I saw a class similar to this at _____ but they wanted $8,000.00 for it! Thank you for a fun learning experience and for keeping it affordable! – Sharon B., Seattle

Thanks for teaching the class! The wrap party was a blast. It was fun seeing our class movie on a big screen…- S.G., Seattle

I was hoping to learn some basics about filmmaking and see how it was all done. That’s exactly what I got. I will recommend the class to my friends. – J.G., Seattle

Just a note to say that I loved the class. Thanks Nils! – V.M. (Seattle)

I was impressed with the professionalism of the movie we ended up with. Everything about it was great. The class was far more than I expected. – Joe G. (Kent)

The instructor was very patient and supportive. We are completing the course project, making a film, as promised. Nils has, and will continue to devote many additional hours working on the editing. I’ll probably take this class again. – M.F., Seattle

It was nice being able to choose, we could be in the film, or be on the crew, or just watch. I did crew this time around but I’ll be taking it again and try acting. – Brad R., Bellevue

Okay, I’ll tell you the truth. I was scared to death. But I really enjoyed the class, and liked the show. It’s fun to have done it. – Mary L. (Bellevue)

Thanks so much for the class. I had a great time, and learned what I was hoping to. – Mike G., Seattle

I was impressed with the professionalism of the movie we ended up with. Everything about it was great. The class was far more than I expected. – Joe G. (Kent)


Some short films made in the Let’s Make a Movie class










More Seattle Acting Classes

  1. Acting 101
  2. Acting 102
  3. Acting with Emotion 
  4. Acting for the Camera 
  5. Auditioning 
  6. Improv 101
  7. Voiceover 101 – Tuesday class  
  8. Voiceover 101 – Saturday class 
  9. Voiceover 102 – Saturday class 
  10. Voiceover 102 – Tuesday class 
  11. Accents and Dialects 
  12. Stand-Up Comedy   
  13. Basic Makeup for Actors: Looking Good  
  14. Monologue Workshop    

FEBRUARY 2020 CLASS – SIGN UP NOW:

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Class #162744 - Let's Make a Movie
Sat. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22, 2020
Last two meetings may last till 9 p.m.
Course fee: $199 + $10 registration fee

Please note: The course fee for "Let's Make a Movie" is a little higher than the fees for our other acting classes. This is because it includes the costs of:
• Tuition
• Video editing
• Visual effects
• Color correction
• Audio editing
• Venue rental costs (higher because of more class hours)
• And paying a composer to create an original musical score.

Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

FILMMAKING – MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET

  • Interested in making your own documentaries, commercials, independent shorts or feature films, and wanting them to be as good as possible, but have a limited budget?
  • Have questions about lighting, audio, camcorders, or how to choose the best editing software?
  • This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, clear up the confusion, and get you off to a good start.
  • You’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • You’ll learn money-saving methods that will move you forward toward your goals, without spending a penny more than you need to.
  • All levels are welcome.
  • Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie
  • NEED MORE INFO? CLICK HERE
  • To sign up now, click below

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Class #17506-1206: FILMMAKING 101:
MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET 
Saturday May 30 only, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Instructor: Nils Osmar
Maximum enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 3

"This Seattle filmmaking class give you a good understanding of the basic elements of independent filmmaking, and get you off to a good start."


 

Welcome to Classesandworkshops.com

Now enrolling for Spring Quarter classes


Dozens of fun, affordable classes in the arts!

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  • Classesandworkshops is an independent educational program.  
  • Our classes meet in Seattle, on the University of Washington campus and other locations.

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Our philosophy

Our philosophy is that being creative is a natural part of life. Anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent” — and when you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.  If you’d like to have fun and start learning a new skill, we’re here to help.

Class locations

Class locations include the University of Washington campus, Lake City Community Center, PNC, Greenwood Center, and more.

Fun, focused classes

Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.  Many introductory classes, such as Acting 101, have follow-up classes (such as Acting 102, Acting 103, Let’s Make a Movie) that students are free to take if they would like to keep learning.

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You can always sign up!

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not processed. For example, when spring classes end for the quarter (in most schools), it may be a month or two before summer class dates become open for enrollment. When we designed our program, we did away with that gap.

This means that on the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class for the following quarter. (If the spring session of “Widgets for Wabbits” begins on June 1, the summer session of “Widgets for Wabbits” opens up for enrollment on June 2) (literally the next day).
This means that you don’t have to wait weeks for the next round of enrollments to begin. You can sign up any time, for any of our Seattle classes.  Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up. 

Classes and workshops in ACTINGARTS & CRAFTSFILMMAKINGIMPROV and COMEDY • MAKE-UP • MUSIC & SINGINGPHOTOGRAPHYSOFTWAREWRITING and more!  For a FULL LIST of classes, CLICK HERE.

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SEATTLE ACTING CLASS COMMENTS

“…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website.

…I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W. – Robert C., Hollywood

Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson”

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SEATTLE FILM CLASS COMMENTS

…I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials.

I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me.

I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.

I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!  I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class. – J. Vega

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SEATTLE ART CLASS COMMENTS

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)

SEATTLE SOFTWARE CLASS COMMENTS

“I have enjoyed your class. You have been providing great direction for what to look for in SEO and things that you can do to improve anyone’s rankings…. I liked the presentation style, very good information.” – Jim Hopper, Seattle

“The exercise you did using one of your own websites as an example, and showing how the right changes could raise it in the search engine results, was really helpful.” – E.W., Tacoma.

For more comments and reviews about our Seattle classes, see the individual class pages.   See also: More info and reviews


Certificates of Completion

CERTIFICATE111You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  (Working for a certificate is a great way to organize your studies in a given subject area.) We offer certificates of completion in:


 

Seattle classes open for enrollment:

ACTING CLASSES

  1. Acting 101
  2. Acting 102
  3. Acting Workshop
  4. Acting for the Camera
  5. Accents and Dialects for Actors 
  6. Auditioning
  7. Improv 101 
  8. Let’s Make a Movie!
  9. Monologue Workshop 
  10. Stand-Up Comedy
  11. Voiceover 101 Tuesday class 
  12. Voiceover 101 Saturday class 
  13. Voiceover 102 Saturday class 
  14. Voiceover 102 Tuesday class 

ART CLASSES

  1. Acrylic Painting 
  2. Caricature (Humorous Portraits)
  3. Cartooning 1-day workshop
  4. Cartooning 3-week class
  5. Colored Pencil Drawing
  6. Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels 
  7. Drawing for Absolute Beginners
  8. Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink
  9. Calligraphy
  10. How to Draw People
  11. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  12. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  13. Mixed Media Collage 
  14. Oil Painting   
  15. Palette Knife Painting 
  16. Perspective Drawing 
  17. Watercolor Painting
  18. Painting Landscapes in Watercolor

FILM CLASSES

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking 
  2. Let’s Make a Movie! 
  3. Screenwriting 101

MUSIC CLASSES

  1. Singing for beginners 

SOFTWARE CLASSES

  1. Photoshop 
  2. SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  3. Sketchup
  4. Video Editing in Premiere Pro
  5. WordPress 

WRITING CLASSES

  1. Screenwriting 101
  2. Writing From Your Life 
  3. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy  
  4. Writing Short Stories 
  5. Writing Your Novel 

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If you ever have difficulty finding or signing up for a class, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!

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We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses. See you in class!

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