Keeping Our Spirits Up

Hot air balloon lifting our spirits

Moments of melancholy are natural during difficult times. While there is much about the situation we cannot change, shifting our perspective, even momentarily, can have a positive effect.

Movement At Home

Woman dancing with child joy

By Bri Wilson

Human beings have always danced and moved to celebrate, mourn, and heal. Now is no exception.

A Perfect Time for Ukulele

Pat playing the uke by the seashore

The ukulele is experiencing a season of renewed popularity. With its happy, uplifting sound, is there any wonder why? It is also affordable, portable, and relatively easy to learn.

Art at Home: Writing

Art at Home: Writing as a creative practice when we are overwhelmed

Why write? It might seem obvious that keeping a journal during this stressful time could be beneficial. As we write out anxious feelings, we express and impose structure on what seems overwhelming. But whether you’re writing a fictional story, first-person narrative, poem, play or journal, cultivating a practice of writing may have benefits for our general well-being right now. Exercising our creativity can bring a sense of joy, pride in what we’ve created, and a sense of momentary peace. 

Making Art at Home: Drawing & Painting

Making Art at Home

Making art can focus our attention on the present moment. As you engage in a creative activity of your choosing, breathing deepens, pulse slows, and the background noise in your mind may fade. Finding the time and space to exercise our creativity, especially now, might be a welcome therapy.

Inspire your Home Office with Feng Shui

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Many of us are spending more time at home under the current stay-at-home orders than we ever have before. Besides feeling a little cooped up, we may be noticing other aspects of our living space that don’t feel quite right.

Trauma Impacts and COVID-19

Woman sitting
The current situation is something that is unprecedented in most of our lives, scary and possibly overwhelming, at least on occasion. It is the term “overwhelming” that opens our eyes to seeing the current situation through a trauma lens.

Preparing for Your Online Class

Online art classAs we enter spring quarter in a new mode of instruction, we want to offer you support for online learning. Here are some tips to help make your virtual learning experience as smooth as possible: 

Mindfulness Practices That Soothe Stress and Anxiety

Woman sitting by lake
It is normal to be scared and even paralyzed in the midst of so much uncertainty around the Coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s where simple mindfulness practices can help us stay grounded and connected despite recommendations for social distancing. Deep breathing and mindful movement can slow anxiety, stave off depression and stabilize the nervous system. Reaching out to others can boost our sense of connection, increase oxytocin (the love hormone), and maintain our equilibrium so we can help others along the way.  

Continuing Connection: Writing Instructor Christine Dubois on Creating Community while Teaching Onli...

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I taught my first online class, Publishing Your E-Book, on March 16. Like educators around the world, I spent the week before in crash trainings on using Zoom, Canvas, and other online resources.

Continuing Education and COVID-19 FAQs

Are spring classes going to be cancelled?
At this time, we are reviewing spring classes that will be impacted by the on-going COVID-19 situation. We will be working with the instructor to determine if the class can be moved to an online format or postponed to start at a later date. If neither of these options is possible, then we will need to make a decision to cancel the class for spring. We will make every effort, via phone and email, to update students as soon as we are aware of any changes to the status of a class.

Put Yourself Out There for a Reason: Social Media and Small Business

Photo courtesy of Tracy Le Blanc

It may come as a surprise that a successful instructor and small businessperson like Michele Sweeney was not always a fan of social media. In fact, during the dawning days of platforms like Facebook, Sweeney was reluctant to commit her energy to the social media sphere.

Authenticity, Integrity and Leadership for People of Color

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In a recent article in The Economist, Art Hopkins of executive advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates identified how corporations invite failure by not seeking out People of Color (POC) to fill integral roles within their firms.

Discover the Ease of Self-Publishing Your e-Book

Photo by Retha Ferguson

A passion for DIY publishing is written into CE writing instructor Christine Dubois’ DNA. “I grew up around self-publishing,” she says. “My mom (now 94 and still writing) self-published several books on quilting. In those days, you had to pay for the printing and buy a huge number of books and store them in the garage.

Firing Together: Discussing Neuroplasticity and Neurosculpting

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According to international educator Vija Rogozina, our brains are not the rigid mechanisms we tell ourselves, in fact our minds are tremendously flexible—something she means to explore in her upcoming CE class, Neuropl

Taking the Mystery Out of Reading Music

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Unlike many professional musicians who were immersed in lessons from childhood, How to Read Music instructor Doug Zangar did not hear the call until early adulthood. “I was a late bloomer, prior to college I mostly played in a high school garage band and took some guitar lessons,” he says.

Making Etsy Your Marketplace

Getting Your Etsy Shop Up and Running

Established in 2005, Etsy is a unique online marketplace devoted to handmade and vintage items and, to a lesser extent, unique factory-made items. Over the years, Etsy has expanded to become a thriving online community comprised of over 1.7 million active artists, crafters and makers catering to at least 28 million customers.

Finding Your Voice as a Writer

Photo by Lisa Fotios

One of the biggest challenges that writers face early on is finding their own unique voice. Indeed, writing is a grueling process that will leave you feeling lost most of the time. Well, the good news is that this does get better. With a little time and effort, you'll find yourself getting more comfortable with writing.

Deciphering the Dynamics of Trauma

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The Dynamics of Trauma instructor Mark Sideman has spent his career at the leading edge of mental health advocacy, policy and procedure.  Sideman has been a registered and certified counselor in Washington since 1989 and is well-versed in multiple disciplines ranging from Soma

Discussing Gender and Social Identity Theories

Gender and Social Identity Theory

D’Andre Fisher, North Seattle College’s Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is all about creating safe spaces for us to thrive in.

A Creative Explorer: Talking with Sarah Norsworthy

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From a young age Introduction to Drawing instructor Sarah Norsworthy loved to draw, paint and sew--creative outlets that have only continued to flower throughout her life and revealed themselves of benefit to her own creative self-expre

Cover the Basics of Beginning Fiction – Crash Course

Beginning Fiction Crash Course

Beginning Fiction – Crash Course instructor Leslie Adkins-Hall has always loved writing. Genre was seldom a concern; she simply loved making words come alive.

Lived Experience and Comics Memoir

Illustration by Kelly Froh

Comics are a far more versatile medium for creative self-expression than we have been led to believe. Once a space dominated by superheroes and male power fantasies, of late comics have become a sounding board for people of all walks of life.

Powering Nonprofits and Grantwriting 101

Grantwriting 101

There is an art to grant writing that goes far beyond immaculate paperwork with all I’s dotted and T’s crossed.

Making Safe Spaces: CE Classes Devoted to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Photo by Richard Wesner

Diversity is vital. We find strength in our differences because our contrasting qualities shine a light on those places we harbor room for growth. Growth and change can be both beautiful and terrifying and embracing the new requires great resilience and tremendous personal strength.