Seattle Experimental College

The Seattle Experimental College is an independent educational program offering enjoyable non-credit classes in a wide range of different topics, in the greater Seattle area. 

We offer over fifty different classes in topics including drawing and painting, cartooning, acrylics, watercolor, film acting, stage acting, filmmaking, voice acting, collage, and many more.

The Seattle Experimental College is part of the same “business umbrella” as Rekindle School, which handles our registrations.  To see upcoming classes and workshops on our website, classes, just scroll down. To see them on the Rekindle School website, with more detailed information and class descriptions, click here. 


 

Summer & Fall Classes


Drawing Classes

  1. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – SATURDAY CLASS
    Anyone can draw! Learn how in this fun four-week workshop.
  2. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – WEEKNIGHT CLASS
    Anyone can draw! Learn how in this fun four-week workshop.
  3. LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY 
    A one-day version of our popular “Drawing for Absolute Beginners” class
  4. HOW TO DRAW PEOPLE
    In this class, you’ll learn an easy method of drawing the human body, including faces, figures, hands and feet.
  5. DRAWING IN PERSPECTIVE
    Perspective is meant to make drawing easier, not harder. You’ll learn secrets of one, two and three point perspective in this class.
  6. DRAWING WITH COLORED PENCILS
    Learn how to blend and layer colors to create beautiful effects.
  7. DRAWING IN PEN, BRUSH AND INK
    How to draw striking high-contrast images in jet-black india ink
 

 

 

ACTING – classes and workshops in Seattle:

 
  1. ACTING 101: SUNDAY CLASS
  2. ACTING 101: WEEKNIGHT CLASS
  3. ACTING 101: EAST SIDE CLASS (REDMOND)

ACTING 102 CLASS: A follow up for students who have finished Acting 101 and would like to learn more. 

  1. ACTING 102: SUNDAY CLASS
  2. ACTING 102: WEEKNIGHT CLASS

OTHER ACTING CLASSES:

  1. ACTING WITH EMOTION: In this class we’ll explore emotions, and levels of expressing them in scenes. 
  2. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: Learn the difference between stage and camera acting, and get practice in both.
  3. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE: In this class we’ll make a short independent movie. A great way for actors to get material for their reels.
  4. AUDITIONING 101: Learn where to find auditions, how to know your “type,” and how to have the best chance of landing a role.
  5. IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS: Improv is fun! No scripts, just creating scenes with your scene partner out of the blue.
  6. STAND-UP COMEDY: Three practice sessions — then you’ll give a live performance on stage! 
  7. ACTING FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Frequently asked questions!

“Where do your classes meet?”

More than half of them meet on the University of Washington campus (Seattle branch). Others meet in Phinney Neighborhood Center, Greenwood Senior Center, and other community centers around the greater Seattle area.  

“Is your program a part of the University of Washington?”

No, we’ve always been a separate, independent school. 

“What’s your connection with Rekindle School?”

We’re part of the same “business umbrella as Rekindle School. They handle our enrollments. If you click on a link for more information, you’ll be taken to their website to sign up. 

“Are you affiliated with the Experimental Colleges in other cities?” 

Since the Experimental College movement took hold back in the 1960s, there have been Experimental Colleges in many different cities in the United States, including Seattle. Most follow a similar philosophy (offering affordable non-credit classes without tests or grades).  But each Experimental College, including ours, is independent.  There’s no business or other affiliation between them.

Wasn’t there another Experimental College in Seattle, years ago?

Yes, Seattle’s original E.C. which was sponsored by the ASUW. It was established decades ago, way back in 1968, and for years was part of the Experimental College movement. We’re proud to follow in the same Experimental College tradition, and continue offering many of the classes that were offered by the original E.C.

“Will you be adding more classes in the future?” 

We’e added several new classes over the past few years, and plan to add more in the future. If you’re a teacher interested in proposing a class, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to take a look at your course and consider including it. See teaching through our program.