It’s Back-to-school for the kids, but what about the rest of us?
Seattle is a city of learners and has a plethora of fabulous classes – whether you want to expand your career, fuel your passion, explore health and wellness, move your body, or even just meet people with common interests. We have 45 suggestions for classes starting in September and October. So, send those kids off and take a moment to browse through these classes – we think you’ll find something irresistible!
Video Production for Social Networking
Want to use YouTube for marketing your business or posting videos of your latest adventure? Learn to use your smartphone or camera to create and YouTube, Instagram, and Vimeo.
South Seattle College, October 19- October 26, Sun, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
This course will introduce the basics of the visual effects process through one of the most commonly used compositing programs in the industry, Adobe’s After Effects. We will cover the concepts of multi-layer compositing, and introduce AE’s advanced masking tools, blending modes, basic 3D graphics, 3D camera controls, XYZ space, luma mattes, and the keying process for green screening techniques.
Northwest Film Forum, September 6 – September 7, Sat, Sun 10:00am – 3:00pm
Learn to shoot professional video with the GoPro Hero 3 Black. This class will go over camera settings, industry techniques, and useful gear. After shooting, students will learn proven editing techniques to maximize the impact of their footage. Cameras will be provided but feel free to bring your own GoPro camera to class.
Northwest Film Forum, September 20 – September 21, Sat, Sun. 11:00am – 4:00pm
From mega-budget sci-fi thrillers to the simplest corporate interview, digitally composited shots are everywhere today, and the technical requirements can be daunting. This workshop will give you the tools you need to be able to shoot with a green or blue screen to create high quality easily-keyed composite shots. We cover both the basic craft involved and the art of matching the lighting in the background plate. You should take this workshop if you already have a good understanding of 3-point lighting techniques, soft sources, and using professional lighting instruments and grip equipment.
Seattle Film Institute, August 30, Sat 9:00am – 5:30pm,
Assistant Director Tool Box
This two-hour workshop will address the fundamentals of what an Assistant Director does. Learn what you need to know to be an indispensable resource for you director, cast and crew. You will learn everything from how to prepare a good call sheet to scheduling tips and from developing a script breakdown to the importance of set etiquette.
Northwest Film Forum, September 10, Wed 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writing science fiction and fantasy gives us an opportunity to explore worlds of emotion and imagination, and to speculate on everything from how current social trends may develop in the future, to what life may be like on other worlds or times, to what it means to be human. Science fiction can have a logical and scientific foundation, or one that’s intensely personal. In this five-week Seattle writing class we’ll focus on writing science fiction and fantasy short stories, paying special attention to what makes stories real and believable to the reader even when dealing with unusual worlds or environments. Each class will feature a different writing assignment, with topics ranging from time travel, to alien invasions, to robots and space travel, to ways the world may end.
Classes and Workshops, September 9 – October 7, Tue 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Your Life: Turning True Events to Compelling Stories
How do you push beyond the messy first draft most writers produce to craft a compelling story or book chapter? This eight-week class in nonfiction and fiction will show you how to make that happen. You’ll learn essential techniques of research, interviewing, writing scenes, character sketches, structuring, revision, and how to put the finished manuscript into the hands of the right editor.
The Writer’s Workshop, October 15 – December 3, Wed 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Beginner Glassblowing I
Our six-week sessions are designed to give the beginning student a solid background of basic glassblowing techniques. Students will learn to create a variety of shapes including: paperweights, ornaments, cups, bowls and more. With each new shape, students will refine their skills at gathering glass onto the rod, shaping it with various tools, and adding basic color applications to glass. Hot shop safety, etiquette and proper form are all stressed throughout each lesson.
Seattle Glassblowing Studio, September 8 – October 13, Mon 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Beginning Stand-up Comedy
They say you can’t teach someone to be funny, but the techniques of stand-up comedy can definitely be learned. Whether you want to pursue the art of stand-up or improve your presentation skills, this is your chance. In this free-wheeling Seattle stand-up comedy class, open to total beginners, students will learn to learn to unleash their inner funny with confidence and skill. You’ll learn proven ways to make strangers laugh, plus proper microphone technique, use of the stage, breathing and anxiety-reduction skills, centering and body language. Seattle has a booming stand-up comedy community, so there will be lots of opportunity to continue to use what you learn even after the class has concluded. We will also explore finding your personal sense of humor and “voice.” Class will begin with three meetings on the NSCC campus in Seattle, and will conclude with a public performance at the Laughs Comedy Spot comedy club, in front of a real, live audience.
Classes and Workshops, September 2 – September 23, Tue 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Figure Sketching w/Ink Wash & Charcoal
Discover the freedom and expressive quality of ink wash layered with charcoal and white chalk while improving your ability to accurately draw the figure, and to render drapery and folds. You complete gesture work and several finished drawings on tinted paper, learning to capture the essence of the nude and clothed figure in space with incisive lines and strong tonal values. Some figure drawing experience or permission of instructor is required.
Gage Academy of Art, September 5 – September 7, Fri – Sun, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Welding for Garden Art
This introductory welding course employs a step-by-step process to enable you to create beautiful garden art and teach you the basics of welding at the same time. The focus of this course is oxyfuel and metal arc welding. Various other metalworking techniques may also be covered.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, September 27 – November 15, Sat 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Painting from Nature
Learn how to bring life to your nature inspired paintings. We will focus on techniques of landscapes, botanicals, and showing the emotion and life of animals. Medium is acrylic paint on canvas.
Monahan Studio, September 11 – October 16, Thu 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Create a Fused Glass Plate or Bowl
Continue to build your fusing glass techniques by learning to slump and mold glass. Leave class with a beautiful plate or bowl. A $45 materials fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Dress for mess. Prerequisite: Intro to Glass Fusing or Basics of Glass Fusing.
North Seattle College Continuing Education, November 12 – November 22, Sat 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beyond Polymer Cane
Cane work is the most common polymer technique to decorate beads. Learn to transform this basic technique into something extraordinary. In this two-part class we will first take basic canes and transform them into complex designs to use for surface decoration. Then we will explore alternative bead shapes and create other objects: leaves, cones, claws, tab tiles, as well as hollow sculptural forms for bigger pieces. Cynthia will forever alter your perception of polymer clay!
Danaca Design Studio, September 13 – September 14, Sat – Sun, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Adult Pet Portrait Painting Class
If you have always wanted to paint that special friend but were intimidated, this will be the class for you. With supportive guidance, participants will progress through a series of acrylic techniques that will teach painting skills in observation, blocking, shading and color mixing. Class size is small so everyone gets plenty of individual attention.
AWE Studio, Sept 17 to October 15, Wed, 10:30am t 12:00 pm
Power of Touch Couple’s Massage Workshop
Join us for an evening of learning, touch and exploration. In this high tech, low touch world we all need to learn how to slow down and really appreciate our life partner or even our best friend. Let us show you how to give each other an exceptional massage as well as just be able to touch one another in a mutually enjoyable and affirming way. We promise you that you will have a wonderful time and learn a number of skills and techniques that will keep you both happier and healthier as well as transform your relationship on many different levels or we will refund the tuition we received for your workshop. We believe in the workshop and the power of touch that much. The workshop is for couples or friends (any two people over the age of 18) and it is three hours long, which will allow enough time for both of you to give and receive a very thorough massage from each other.
Power of Touch Workshops, September 13 – September 13, 2014, Sat 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Reiki and the 5 Elements Seminar
This course will explore the meridian system and five element theory, investigating the characteristics of the five elements, and how they impact on our energy system and personalities. We will bring Reiki energy to the meridian system and the five elements within the bodymind, with the focus still being that Reiki works for the individuals highest good. This course does not teach the practitioner to treat the meridian system in the way that an acupuncturist does, but in bringing a focus to the meridians, it will open up new possibilities for the Reiki practitioner.
The Reiki Training Program, September 20 – September 21, Sat, Sun 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tai Chi Chuan Beginning
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese martial art that is practiced today to improve balance, flexibility, circulation, and relieve stress. Beginners will study the 37 posture Cheng Man-Ching short form. Each class period consists of warm up exercises, form corrections, introduction of new postures, partner work, and discussion topics.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, September 23 – December 2, Tue 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
4-Hour First Aid CPR
Learn how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes: General Principles, Medical Emergencies, and Injury Emergencies. Optional topics include CPR/AED, and Environmental Emergencies. A certification is given upon completion and will expire in 2 years. This is our preferred program, various businesses and industries use this program to meet OSHA, Federal, State and corporate safety requirements.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, October 3 – October 3, 2014, Fri 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Keys to Health and Happiness
Learn the latest research and practices to improve your health and increase your happiness. Topics covered include meditation, movement, food, sleep, gratitude, mindfulness and new brain research. Mary is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been meditating for 40 years and has 35 years of experience in Primary Care.
Meditate Seattle October 4 – October 4, Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BLS for the Healthcare Provider
Healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, residents or fellows, or medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, November 7 – Fri 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded by world renowned martial artist, Bruce Lee. It brings together elements of American Boxing, Wing Chun Gung Fu, French Fencing and Grappling, including kicking, punching and trapping. This course incorporates all these techniques, including Filipino Kali, in an interactive, partner-based, training environment. Learn to apply these elements through live, dynamic training and safe, supervised sparring. Instructor was certified under Robert Moore, who was himself certified under Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell, both Bruce Lee’s students.
North Seattle College September 17 – December 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Belly Dance Blast!
Get ready to sweat, shimmy, and have fun! Belly Dance Blast is an electrifying cardio dance fitness program that pairs easy-to-follow moves with top 40 music hits. Learn basic alignment, posture, belly rolls, graceful arms, fast hips, fun dance combos, and much, much more. Belly dance is a powerful way to lose weight, burn calories, strengthen the core, sculpt the body, and shimmy the night away. Let’s dance! Dress in comfortable tank top and yoga pants. Class includes membership to Wellness Center. Bring pen and notebook to class.
North Seattle College September 29 – November 17, Mon 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Introductory Workshop for the Pilates Curious
Designed for those who have been curious about taking the Level One Pilates series, this hour and a half workshop will explore the basic principles of the work as well as a range of beginning exercises. Nancy is a certified instructor of 11 years, and enjoys offering beginners this joint friendly, efficient method to regain strength, flexibility and optimal postural alignment. Please bring a Pilates mat.
North Seattle College, October 11, Sat, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
All Women’s Maintenance for Everyday Bike Riders
As part of the Women Bike program, we are offering an all-women’s maintenance class. The instructor and all students will be women. If you do not identify as a woman do not register for this class. Maintaining your bike is more important than ever to keep you riding smoothly and safely. We’ll reveal answers to questions such as “Why aren’t my gears shifting?”, “Why isn’t my bike stopping?”, and “What is that grinding noise?” It’s a great time to get up to speed on simple maintenance techniques that will keep your bike in tip top shape as you roll through winter.
Cascade Bicycle Club, September 9, Tue 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Personal Training Certification
Personal Training Certification considers this fun and profitable field one of the hottest in the US. Course taught over a 5-week period and the National Exam is held on the 6th week. 16 hours of hands-on training prepares you to work with clients. 16 hours of lectures include, but are not limited to, anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, health screening, etc. Proof of CPR/AED and a 30-hour internship will prepare you to work successfully in the field. A great opportunity to network with employers while getting valuable experience.
Seattle Central Community College, October 18 to November 11, Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm $650
Social Media for Business
Promote your business through social medial. Designed for the small business owner who wants to integrate social media into marketing and business plans. Learn to master Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In addition, the instructor will guide you through a branding exercise designed to help identify your keywords, brand voice and sentiment.
South Seattle College, October 30 to November 20, Thu 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Craft Distillation: Art & Science, Commerce & Compliance
Elements of Spirit Institute Puget Sound’s curriculum for Craft Distillation: Art & Science, Commerce & Compliance have been emulated by other short-courses, for which we are very flattered. Authored by master distiller Rusty Figgins, the workshop’s running order and lectured content are in fact the basis of a time-tested, copyrighted syllabus. Mr Figgins attracts students from all over the nation and internationally because of his authoritative style, his use of world-class equipment and methodologies, his standing among his peers and his access to industry leaders. Accept no imitations; insist on the best, most complete and comprehensive craft distilling workshop, now being prepared for its fourteenth session in its fifth year of being presented! Over 260 participants have received the Craft Distilling Certificate offered by SIPS, a brilliant step toward establishing their commercial craft distillery.
Spirits Institute Puget Sound, November 17 – November 21, Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Make Money Licensing Your Music
Are you a composer, performer, or songwriter? Do you have original music already recorded that’s just sitting around? Learn how to pitch your music for television, film, and other media. This class will give you quick and easy information on all aspects of music licensing. There is nothing like hearing your own music on a TV show or in a movie theatre. Leave ready to advance your career and create a new income stream from future royalties. Feel free to bring a sample of your music to class to learn which markets to explore.
North Seattle College, October 18, Sat, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant>
Increase your income while working from home by starting a grant writing consulting business. Good grant writing consultants are always in demand. Learn how you can use a basic knowledge of grant or proposal writing to become an expert in the red-hot grant consulting field. Your instructor, a national grant consulting veteran, will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions that you can use to start your own home-based business. You’ll learn what services to offer, how to find clients, and how to set your fees.
ed2go, Online, September 17 – October 29, Self-paced
Explore Cloud Computing
Discover the power of Cloud computing and learn to access your documents from your computer, cell phone, tablet or any computing device. Then, explore the Internet to find new ways to capture the information you seek.
South Seattle College, Wednesday October 15 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Video Production for Social Networking
Want to use YouTube for marketing your business or posting videos of your latest adventure? Learn to use your smartphone or camera to create and YouTube, Instagram, and Vimeo.
South Seattle College, October 19- October 26, Sundays, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Quickbooks 2012 Level 1
Everything you needed to get started with Quickbooks. Learn easy ways to create a new company and build a chart of accounts. Use Quickbooks to invoice customers, enter bills, back up data and generate monthly reports. Prerequisite: Previous Windows Experience and familiarity with Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
North Seattle College, October 14 – October 28, Tue 1:30 pm -4:30pm
Certificate on Cloud Tech
Assess the technologies used in the cloud computing. Get hands on training using the latest tools (command line, browser based, and IDE based). The class will give you a solid foundation in managing cloud services such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and HP OpenStack.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Sept 8 to October 1, Mon, Wed 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cultivating Collaboration: Building Strong Teams
Build strong teams and foster spirit, pride, commitment, and trust. There are definite team development stages and roles for each member. Practice developing and sustaining cooperative working relationships at all phases of team development. Explore ways to motivate and inspire others and promote cooperative working relationships. Promote participative leadership and empower your team.
North Seattle College, November 10 to November 17, Mon, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Managing Project Communication and Team Dynamics
Communication and effective teamwork are critical but often overlooked components of effective project management. In this interactive class you will develop essential communication skills for project management success. Create a project communication plan, learn to use communication tools & techniques and discover best practices for managing a project team. Recommended Prerequisite: Principles of Project Management or equivalent.
North Seattle College September 13 to September 27, Sat, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sustainable Building Advisor Program
Classes are led by Head Instructor Justus Stewart, and consist of a mix of lectures from expert guest instructors, tours of green building sites, and collaborative team projects. Students in this class will learn building science fundamentals and sustainable building practices, from siting through construction and post-occupancy. The 14-week class is designed for working professionals, classes consist of a half-day on Fridays and a full day on Saturdays, every other weekend.
O’Brien & Company, September 5 – December 6, Fri and Sat, Every other weekend
More Unique Class Options…
Travel the World Volunteering
Interested in learning about another country by working with local communities that need your skills or support with existing projects? Want to teach English, work with children, help wildlife, support conservation or share your expertise? Learn to combine inexpensive travel with life-changing experiences as you travel the world as a volunteer. Volunteer travel is not just for the young.
South Seattle College, October 13 to November 13, Mon 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Basic Canning 101
This class provides an introduction to water bath canning, including food safety, necessary equipment and expert tips. Learn the best types of food to preserve through canning and get a chance to experience the process in class.
Seattle Tilth, September 11, Thu 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Roll-up your sleeves and get ready to get your hands dirty. This basic course for enthusiasts includes engine theory, electrical and fuel systems, lubrication, brakes, tires, and tools. This course is not manufacturer specific.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology September 30 – November 18, Tue 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Birds’ Feet with Connie Sidles
Connie Sidles, author of Fill of Joy and local birding authority, will show you how birds use their feet to survive. Fall is the season in which we have the greatest bird species diversity in Seattle, and is a great time to see a wide variety of foot adaptations.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens October 25, Sat 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Dinosaurs Invade North Seattle
Are dinosaurs extinct? Not in the world of dinosaur research! Recent discoveries have produced some fascinating surprises and exciting new understandings of this cast of characters. These aren’t your “parents dinosaurs” anymore! But they also aren’t the same creatures as portrayed in Jurassic Park either. Join dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds on a trip back in time with a paleontologist who has “studied, traveled and taught” dinosaurs for 20 years. That pigeon has more in common with a T-rex than you may think. A safari to the Burke Museum is included.
North Seattle College Continuing Education, October 23 – November 13, Thu 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Bettie Bomber Jacket
This class is a great opportunity to update a classic silhouette in fun, fashionable fabrics! Make it casual in a cool embroidered mesh or dress it up in a luxurious brocade. Following Folkwear’s Varsity Jacket pattern, Jacque will teach you how to set in a sleeve, sew a lining, apply a separating zipper or set snaps, create welt pockets, and add knit collar and cuffs.
Nancy’s Sewing Basket, September 15 – October 6, Mon 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
How to Audition
Are you new to the Seattle acting scene, or wanting to get back into acting and auditioning after a break? Looking for a good class, and some help in finding the best auditions in Seattle? In this fun and informative one-day workshop, held on the University of Washington campus, you’ll learn where and how to find auditions in the Seattle area; which auditions are good, and which ones you should avoid; which agencies are legitimate, and which ones may be scams; how to audition for paid and unpaid roles; what to expect in stage auditions and on-camera auditions; how to slate for the camera; and more.
Classes and Workshops, September 6, 2014, Sat 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Native Bees: Introduction and Field Study
In this course, learn who these bees are, which ones might live in your backyard, and–with hands-on field study in the garden–how to identify them.
Seattle Tilth, September 13, Sat 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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