FUN, AFFORDABLE SEATTLE CLASSES


10/21/20 Update

  • Rekindle School is an independent educational program,  established in 2002. We offer fun, affordable classes in a variety of topics. 
  • Our IN-PERSON classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They’re on a break due to the pandemic. We are hoping to resume on-campus classes in January 2021. 
  • In the meantime, check out our ONLINE CLASSES below –– or CLICK HERE. Some NEW classes have been added recently.

FALL QUARTER (Some Dates Revised)

  • Rekindle’s ONLINE CLASSES and WEBINARS can be taken from anywhere in the world. They all include “real time” contact with a live instructor. If the course title is a live link you can sign up at any time. 
  • Note: “LET’S MAKE A MOVIE” is both an online and in-person class. (Group meetings are online; meetings with just one or two actors for filming are in person with masks and social distancing)
  • Questions? Email us at Rekindleschool@gmail.com

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

STARTING IN OCTOBER:

  1. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sun. 10/25 

STARTING IN NOVEMBER

Listed by start date:

  1. SELF-TAPING FOR ACTORS –– starts Tues. 11/3
  2. FIGURE DRAWING — starts Tues. 11/3
  3. ACTING IN COMMERCIALS – starts Wed. 11/4
  4. SCREENWRITING 101 ––  starts Thursday 11/5
  5. VOICE OVER 102 –– starts Sat. 11/7
  6. VOICE OVER 104 – starts Sat. 11/7
  7. ACTING 104 (EMOTION) — starts Sun. 11/8
  8. VOICE OVER CAREERS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 8
  9. SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE – WRITE A COMPLETE FULL-LENGTH SCREENPLAY – starts Monday 11/9
  10. VOICE OVER HOME STUDIO BASICS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 15
  11. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS — starts Tues. 11/17 
  12. SELF-MARKETING FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 22
  13. ACTING 101 — starts Sun. 11/22
  14. CARTOONING 101 –  starts Sat. 11/28

STARTING IN DECEMBER

Listed by start date:

  1. VOICE OVER 101 — starts Saturday 12/5
  2. VOICE OVER 103 – starts Saturday 12/5
  3. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sunday 12/6
  4. ACTING 105 (CAMERA ACTING)starts Sun. 12/6

Looking for CLASSES FOR KIDS? Click here


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • People often email to ask if we have any in-person classes during the shutdown. Most of our classes during this period are online, but “LET’S MAKE A MOVIE” is in-person. We do it by filming in very small groups (2-3 actors at most) with social distancing, asking the students to wear masks when not filming, and filming outdoors. So if you’ve been waiting for an in-person class, check it out.
  • Meredith Binder’s “Acting in Commercials” and “Self-Taping for Actors” classes will be back soon! Watch for an announcement.
  • Sean Daeley, who teaches our VOICE OVER ACTING CLASSES, has added a new series of VOICE OVER ACTING WEBINARS! Learn about voice over careers, how to set up a home studio, and how to market yourself! More info
  • The dates for Peter Greyy’s “Comedy Writing Workshop” will be listed soon!
  • We’ll also be bringing back several painting and collage classes soon. We’ve found they work great as online courses.



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MORE INFO:

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.

REMEMBERING RICK MAY

We are saddened to announce that long-time Rekindle School instructor Rick May has passed away.  Rick taught Voice Over Acting Classes through Rekindle School from 2010-2020. In addition to his appearance in major motion pictures, TV shows and commercials, Rick was featured in many popular video games. 

In “Star Fox 64” he was the voice of Peppy Hare and Andross, in “Age of Empires II” he was the narrator and voice of Genghis Khan, and was The Soldier in the ongoing game series “Team Fortress II.

 

 

 

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.


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!


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

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."


 

SEATTLE FILM CLASSES

CLASSES OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT:

  1. MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET
  2. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
  3. SCREENWRITING 101

Frequently asked questions!

slate2People often ask what the differences are between our Seattle film classes. Some have similar titles (because they’re all about filmmaking), but the content is very different.

In a nutshell: Let’s Make a Movie is a hands-on class in which the students make a movie as a group. They write or choose a script, learn how to set up lights, operate the slate, record audio, and operate the camcorder, and can also act in the movie if they want to. The instructor brings in a professional (prosumer high def) camcorder, pro lights, a pro microphone, etc., which are used in filming the movie.  Students are taught how to use the equipment, and take turns using it.  They are also welcome to “film along,” filming their own versions of the different shots, if they have their own camcorders.

Because we’re rushing to complete a movie by the deadline, we don’t have time in  Let’s Make a Movie to cover a lot of technical information, such as, all of different types of camcorders… the different kinds of microphones and how they work… the theory of lighting… and detailed, in-depth information about storyboarding and shot lists, etc. For that reason, we added the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which covers all of these things in great detail. Let’s Make a Movie is an experiential class in which students learn by doing; Crash Course in Filmmaking is where we cover all of the THEORY behind what we’re doing.

Documentary Filmmaking (offered some quarters) is specifically geared toward people who want to make their own documentaries. It addresses questions like how to set up interviews, and how to record high quality audio and video under field conditions.

Start Writing Your Screenplay is a very solid introduction to screenwriting. Students who complete all four classes will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: Another class that can be helpful to filmmakers is Beginning Acting.  (It’ll give you a place to meet some good actors, and “scout” talent for your movie while participating in the class and learning how actors approach their work.)


Student comments:

“I found your classes on the web when I was looking for Seattle film schools.  I was looking for a school that was affordable because I didn’t want to get into a student loan situation.  I don’t know yet if this will be a career. I was just wanting to learn how to make movies for fun.  The classes are good and I did learn a lot.  I took Let’s Make a Movie and the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, and will be taking the video editing class next.   Your classes are a resource to the community and I recommend the classes to people who would like to learn more about filmmaking and want the end product to look professional. Thank you.” – Lee R., Seattle


Looking for affordable FILM CLASSES in Seattle?  Looking for a Seattle film school where you can learn the basics of digital filmmaking without spending a fortune? Ready to move beyond Youtube, and start make movies that are good enough to get into the major film festivals?  There is still time to sign up for our upcoming Seattle Film Classes! 

SEATTLE FILMMAKING CLASSES

REKINDLE SCHOOL offers several different classes in different aspects of filmmaking:

  1. FILMMAKING 101: MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET (Learn how to make your own movies!)
  2. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE (We’ll make a short film in class.) (A great way to get some footage for your acting reel)
  3. LET’S MAKE A HORROR-ACTION MOVIE (Offered once per year — we’ll make a short horror movie, then it’ll play in a Seattle theater along with other entries)
  4. TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48 Improve your acting skills, and have lots of fun — then, after the class is over, join your classmates to make a movie — then watch it in a Seattle theater!
  5. SCREENWRITING 101 (Learn how to write screenplays)
  6. SCREENWRITING 102 (Write full length screenplays)

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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Trouble signing up for a class?

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

Let us know what you’re looking for!

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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