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Bleed-Through Picture-Making with Henrik Drescher – Forum Links!

Facebook & Padlet Forums. The Forums are open! Participation is completely optional but can be the best way to stay connected with the lessons and each other! We’ve gotten feedback over the years that ours are the nicest forums around, so please join in if you can!

Our main group is at Facebook, but there is a small group for those not on Facebook who can interact via Padlet. (Please just choose one forum to post in to avoid double postings.) Here are the links!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/592237328449023
Padlet: https://padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/wyxfaylei2or5f0h

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Procreate with Lewis Rossignol – Forum Links

Facebook & Padlet Forums. The Forums are open! Participation is completely optional but can be the best way to stay connected with the lessons and each other! We’ve gotten feedback over the years that ours are the nicest forums around, so please join in if you can!

Our main group is at Facebook, but there is a small group for those not on Facebook who can interact via Padlet. (Please just choose one forum to post in to avoid double postings.) Here are the links!

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/644374410149744
Padlet:        www.padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/jwtgg92cyjn1qtyg

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Bright Color Scribble Journal Painting – Forum Links

• Facebook & Padlet Forums. The Forums are open! Participation is completely optional but can be the best way to stay connected with the lessons and each other! We’ve gotten feedback over the years that ours are the nicest forums around, so please join in if you can!

Our main group is at Facebook, but there is a small group for those not on Facebook who can interact via Padlet. (Please just choose one forum to post in to avoid double postings.) Here are the links!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/386874526454411
Padlet:        https://padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/bzv9tvx2ezlg6w7u

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2022: Carla’s Yearlong Class Forum Links

Facebook & Padlet Forums.

The Forums are open! Participation is completely optional but can be the best way to stay connected with the lessons and each other! We’ve gotten feedback over the years that ours are the nicest forums around, so please join in if you can!

Our main group is at Facebook, but there is a small group for those not on Facebook who can interact via Padlet.(Please just choose one forum to post in to avoid double postings.) Here are the links!

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/433261664932066

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Patterned Paper Submissions

Hi!

Thank you so much for submitting your patterns!

Here is what the pages will look like… I am going for squares but will work with what you send me, so don’t worry! Upload your images and fill out the form below.

Thank you again and email us if you have any questions: steve@carlasonheim.com.

Carla

Patterned Paper Submissions

Hi! Thank you for your submission! • Please upload four images here for our collaborative book (Lesson 9). • Take a photo of your four favorite patterned papers. You can use a smartphone… be sure you take it in good light and watch out for shadows! • Please be sure to let us know how you made the pattern or texture. • Deadline for uploading is Monday, May 24th at 11:59pm PT. • Please USE THIS FORM to upload your patterns (if you upload on the FB page only, it will not make it into the book). Thank you!
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
  • Please be specific but as brief as possible! 200 character maximum. Thanks!
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
  • Please be specific but as brief as possible! 200 character maximum. Thanks!
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
  • Please be specific but as brief as possible! 200 character maximum. Thanks!
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.
  • Please be specific but as brief as possible! 200 character maximum. Thanks!
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2021 Sketchbook Revival – More Things to Do with One-Liner Drawings!

Hi Sketchbookers!

I hope you enjoyed the one-liner drawing session at Sketchbook Revival 2021! A huge thank you to Karen Abend for having me as part of it.

Below is a link to sign up for the free video… “More things to do with One-Liners!” Just “add to cart” and go through the checkout process… it’s free, so there will be no credit card information required and you will not be charged!

It is about 20 minutes long and includes three more ideas for One-Liners:

  1. Drawing from Life.
  2. Finding “the one.”
  3. Oaxacan-inspired animals.

The link is HERE.

Thank you for being part of Sketchbook Revival and please consider joining my newsletter list by clicking below! Thanks again,

Carla

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NEW Zoom Class! Do you like to use the Gelli® Plate? Then join a live workshop via Zoom on Saturday, March 27th! Details HERE!

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Lynn's Flower Class

Giant, Wild & Wonderful: Painting Passionate Flowers
Painting Wildly
Passionate
Passionate Painting
Lesson 1 – Draw to Music
Lesson 2 – Prepare 3 substrates; under drawings
Lesson 3 – Loose Painting/neutrals
Lesson 4 – Painting Flowers from Life
Lesson 5 – Cut in the background, push and pull
Lesson 6 – Pastels!
Lesson 7 – Final Tweaks and Touches
Lesson 8 – Painting LARGE pt. 1
Lesson 9 – Painting LARGE pt. 2
Lesson 10 – Painting LARGE pt. 3

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Tutorial: Layering Colored Pencils, Watercolors & Shading

Colored pencils are great used dark or light. In this tutorial we will concentrate on laying down light layers of colored pencils for a soft look.
(click to enlarge photos)
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In the above example you can see the different effects you can achieve with light layers of colored pencils. The pink petal was made just one layer, and the two flanking it were achieved with two layers of color (I’ve shown you the colors used with the little “leaves” atop each petal). The petal on the far right has three layers of color.
In order for the layering to be effective, you will need to lay down your color with a light hand. (The little “hairs” on top of each leaf are the same colors, but applied heavily.)
For the base of the above flower I added a layer of light gray Copic marker. Here are the colors close up:
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These are really INTERESTING oranges, greens and browns, with all the colors in there, right? (It’s similar to the effect some yarn has; it might look green from a distance, but when you get closer you can see there are bits of yellow and red strands mixed in.)
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Colored pencils are also nice as a layering tool because they are “textural.” It’s difficult to lay down a perfectly smooth layer of colored pencils. Because you can often see the pencil strokes, and the areas where you need to overlap a bit, it has a completely different look than watercolors or markers.
They also are great for adding feathery “hair” to your flowers:
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Watercolors, markers, and colored pencils can be layered on top of each other in any order. Here I decided to add some blue watercolor:
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Finally, you can add even more textured marks with markers. Here I used a pink permanent marker:
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You can see that by adding just one layer of color the piece changes completely. Fun!
Shading
Once I’ve gotten the colors how I like them, I often add shading with a 2B pencil.
There are two things I think about when shading imaginary flowers (or creatures, or anything really). First, I imagine a light source, such as a sun, shining down on the object. So in my example below, I have decided that the light source is in the upper right hand corner. So everything “close” to the light will be brighter and everything far away from the light will be shaded.
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The second thing I think about is the areas where things are overlapping or joined. So, for example, I’ve added shading on the top of the feathery hair/underneath the base, to the areas where the petals are joined with other elements, between the petals themselves, etc.
Note: This flower is definitely not realistically shaded, and looks “off.” But I kind of like it for that very “off-ness” — a good thing when it comes to imaginary flowers, I think! (It is a bit other-worldly, as if the normal rules don’t apply.)
Have fun!

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Dubuffet

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Jean Dubuffet was a French artist born in 1901. Though he wanted to be an artist, he was only able to pursue it seriously in 1942, when he was 41 years old. By that time: “I had given up any ambition of making a career as an artist… I had lost all interest in the art shown in galleries and museums, and I no longer aspired to fit into that world. I loved the paintings done by children, and my only desire was to do the same for my own pleasure.”
He ended up being a famous artist, but the important thing to remember here is that he made art because it was fun!
And he was highly inspired by the art of children — you! — and now we are switching it around by making some art inspired by Mr. Dubuffet.
Here are a few samples of what we are going to be working from.
Mr. Dubuffet liked to make really textured backgrounds… he sometimes added sand or straw to his paint, and then create these people. Sometimes he did just a head and shoulders like this, and sometimes he did whole bodies, like this.
So that’s what we’re going to try and do.
Get out some watercolor paper, some watercolors, and an old brush. Using lots of pigment and lots of water, paint a dense field of color. Mix your colors… it’s okay if they bleed together and make brown. Work quickly.
Once your paper is covered, sprinkle some salt on your paper and let dry.
Rub the salt off, and with a dark crayon, draw your person The only rule is that “something must touch all four sides of the paper. Fill the page!
Now, take some dark acrylic or tempera paint and paint out the background.
Once dry, add a bit of texture back into the whole thing with a crayon.

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Sketchbooking Class Forums

Facebook Class Forum
https://www.facebook.com/groups/436100544201130

Padlet Class Forum
https://padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/b3c0r3x8m81tssfs

You can (optionally) share your work with via the class Facebook or Padlet forum pages. Our groups are lively and supportive, and you will find friends there!)

Lewis will be present regularly during the two-week class and will comment on uploaded work! Due to the large number of students enrolled, it’s possible that he might miss a post here and there… if you have posted and would like feedback from Lewis but it’s been a day or more, please email him with a head’s up that you have posted and he will look for your post! 

lrossignol@meca.edu

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Instagram Hashtags
#sketchbookingwithlewis
#carlasonheimpresents

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2021: Carla’s Yearlong Class Forums

Facebook Class Forum
https://www.facebook.com/groups/426871115130815

 

Padlet Class Forum

Current:

https://padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/h5bnsff0b1qmncul

Past:

https://padlet.com/Carla_Sonheim/2021yearlongclass
https://padlet.com/carla_sonheim/6y4j4cb04ows3939

 

You can (optionally) share your work with via the class Padlet or Facebook forum pages. Carla will be there to see what you are doing, but due to the large number of students enrolled we can’t guarantee commenting on each one. (However, our group is lively and supportive, and you will find friends there!) If you have any questions, you will be able to email the Carla anytime.

Please note: We have healthy and enthusiastic forums… hurray! If you are new to our year-long classes, you might find it a bit chaotic or overwhelming at first…. but please don’t worry! Pop in here and there, and in time things do calm down. 😀

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Instagram Hashtags
#2021carlasyearlong
#carlasonheimpresents

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A Word About Facebook

Hi Everyone!

Over the past 6 years we have hosted our forums Facebook for two main reasons: it has provided a space for a community of artists to learn, collaborate, grow and enjoy each other, and it has been accessible to everyone around the world and is easy to use.

However, we also recognize that Facebook is more than just an objective platform and is controlled by people who have abused their power through breaches of privacy and even ethical standards.

This puts us in a difficult position because, while we do not support the leaders of Facebook, we would never want to exclude the users that rely on this platform as a method to connect and communicate. For that reason, are working on creating our own custom community app that provides security and is easy to use for everyone.

We hope to have this ready to go early in 2021. Please be patient with us as we make this change.

Carla and Steve

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Kitchen Table Mini Film Festival!

Here’s How it Works

• Join us for the 2-week class with access to all lessons on May 12th. Class runs May 12-22, 2020. (If you have already taken Make it Move, you are invited to join the Film Festival at no cost and will receive details at your class page on May 12th.)

• Make a bunch of animations and submit your favorite by Tuesday, May 26, 2020, to be presented in the Film Festival. Details will be in your class folder.

• One Submission per student.

• Films should be less than 25 seconds long.

• Everyone who contributes a film to the Film Festival will receive a $10 credit towards any of our classes.

Join us for the live-stream presentation of ALL submissions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 12 noon PST hosted by Carla.

• Kara and our friend Will Sonheim (from indy film distributor Music Box films) will pick their favorites from two categories and three different age groups. There will also be Honorable Mentions in each category.

• Categories: ….(a) Collage/3D Objects…. (b) Drawing/Painting

• The age groups are…. (a)10 and under… (b) 11-17 and (c) 18 and up

• One winner from each category will receive smart phone holder designed specifically for making animations.

Our Kitchen Table Judges:

Only class participants are eligible for the film festival but we have scholarships available. Email steve@carlasonheim.com for scholarship info.

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Scholarships

 

Hi!

We understand that these are hard and unusual times.

Let us know if we can help you get access to this class by emailing us at steve@carlasonheim.com. Scholarships are offered on a sliding scale, so please let us know how much you are able to pay in your email.

Thank you!

Steve & Carla

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Art Prompts PDF: A Creative Care Package! (Free)

https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CSP_ArtPrompts-2.pdf

 

Hi everyone!

Steve and I recently sent an email out to our teachers asking for ideas to get through these next strange months. We loved Kara Kramer’s idea of a downloadable PDF of teacher’s art prompts, so we did it!

Here is a 40-page “Creative Care Package” from 12 of us! Each teacher created 2-5 pages.

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You can print it out (many pages are meant to be drawn on), or just keep it online and do the prompts in your sketchbooks.

Please feel free to share widely… use in your classrooms… and share your pages on the Carla Sonheim Presents Facebook Group!

Thank you!

Please take good care,!

xoxo

Carla Sonheim

and

Kara Kramer
Cori Dantini
Karine Swenson
Alison O’Donoghue
Cat Bennett
Dar James
Lynn Whipple
Anne Marie Grgich
Nelleke Verhoeff
Anita Lehmann
Diane Culhane

😉

 

 

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Crack of the Month Club!

JANUARY 2020 Sidewalk Crack:

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What to Do? Here’s a Step-by-Step:

1. Click the link above for the JANUARY 2020 Crack of the Month.

2. The photo PDF will begin uploading in your browser window. It might take 20-30 seconds to load.

3. Print the photograph on heavier paper, such as card stock or watercolor paper.

4. Now, look at the image while you slowly turn the photo around and around.

5. Did you see something? An animal? A face? A monster?

6. “Finish” the drawing using markers, colored pencils or anything else you have on hand.

7. Post your completed image at the Carla Sonheim Presents – Share Your Work Facebook Group Page!

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Sidewalk Cracks

DECEMBER 2020 Sidewalk Crack:

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What to Do? Here’s a Step-by-Step:

1. Click the link above for the DECEMBER 2020 Crack of the Month.

2. The photo PDF will begin uploading in your browser window. It might take 20-30 seconds to load.

3. Print the photograph on heavier paper, such as card stock or watercolor paper.

4. Now, look at the image while you slowly turn the photo around and around.

5. Did you see something? An animal? A face? A monster?

6. “Finish” the drawing using markers, colored pencils or anything else you have on hand.

7. Post your completed image at the Carla Sonheim Presents – Share Your Work Facebook Group Page!

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DECEMBER 2020 Sidewalk Crack:

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"Y" is for Yellow Summer

Y is for Yellow (Summer!): A 26-Lesson Class
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media • $99
Class Dates: June 22 – August 3, 2018
Note: Even though class has started, you are welcome to join in anytime!


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“Y” is For Yellow!
(And no, we won’t paint everything yellow! 😀 )

In this class we will march through the alphabet as a fun way to move through our lessons (“P” is for Picasso! “C” is for Collage!), while tackling the more serious question,

“How do you create a body of work?”

As mixed-media artists we are always trying new media and experimenting with new techniques — which is awesome! But what can happen is we don’t take the time to focus long enough on the things we really love so that we can create a cohesive series that is uniquely ours.
I have found a lot of value working in series over the years; choosing and sticking with one media/subject matter for a period of time really has helped me… and I will share with you what I can about the process.
Are you ready to work hard in a fun environment? Let’s refine, focus, and create a body of work this year!
Summer Session!
In 2016 we ran “Y is for Yellow” as a year-long class. We are re-running the class over six weeks this summer, with the all of the videos for each original session dropped every other Friday… it is a lot of content! But by giving it to you all at once, you will be encouraged to pick and choose the lessons that are particularly interesting to you this summer, and leave the rest for later (you have forever access!).
Lessons A – J
Friday, June 22, 2018
10 Drawing Assignments • 4 Mixed-Media Lessons

Friday, July 6, 2018
Lesson K – R
8 Drawing Assignment – 3 Mixed-Media Lessons

Friday, July 20, 2018
Lessons S – Z
8 Drawing Assignments – 3 Mixed -Media Lessons 

If you missed “Y is for Yellow” the first time, please join us now! (And if you have a busy summer, don’t worry! You can always do this as a self-study class.) If you previously signed up for “Y is for Yellow” and would like to join in this summer, email me and I will put you on the list.
As a shorter, summer program, I think participants can decide to approach it two ways:
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Focus more on the series aspect of the class. Spend the six weeks going through the stages of researching & playing, resting, focusing & deciding, working (in tandem with a few others for support and accountability), and finishing!
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Focus more on just playing in the studio with the drawing and mixed-media assignments.
There are 26 drawing assignments and 10 mixed-media assignments… so much content! But you are invited to pick and choose the assignments that speak to you the most and leave the rest for self-study later.

Please consider joining the fun… great lessons for families, too! The cost is $99 and you will have forever access to the lessons. Please join us!
Carla

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In this class:
• You are encouraged to focus on your favorite media. (Don’t know what that is? That’s okay, there will be plenty of techniques to try with both the drawing and mixed-media lessons.)
• There will be 26 short drawing exercises, one for each of the 26 lessons. These are meant to be warm-ups to give you ideas on how to face the blank page. I’ll keep them fun!
• In addition, there will be 7 mixed-media lessons, 3 optional assignments, and 3 surprise lessons. They will include techniques (old and new!) in watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, and other media.
• YOU will choose your three projects! Some ideas are working on an alphabet book, a children’s board book, some paintings for a show, your portfolio, a small line of cards, etc. (Alternatively, you can choose one larger project to work on all year.)
• “Y is for Yellow” will include an online community (via a closed Facebook group) where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other (one of the best things about taking an online class!).
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New to online classes? Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” page, and here are some recent comments from students!
“In my opinion, you are a gifted instructor, who actually makes art fun, and I look forward to learning more from you.” — Jo
“Your style of teaching is warm, genuine and clear.” — Sheri
“Carla and her co-teachers inspire not just making art but also a sense of community among the students, of whom many have been making art for quite some time and others are new to it. This sense of community shows itself in the way everyone shares art — within a closed group on Facebook — and comments in a wonderful, supportive way.” — Corinne
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More:
• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in!
• Registration fee is good for people living in a single household.
• Instructor Feedback: I will be active in the Facebook Forum and available M-F for feedback.
• If you’d like a feel for the supplies you will need for this class, CLICK HERE.
• If you’d like to know more about how our online classes work in general, CLICK HERE.
• You will have access to the “Y is for Yellow” class materials forever.

• If you have any questions, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.
Thank you again and I hope you can join in!
Carla Sonheim
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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email immediately. We will log you in to the class with your Paypal email address unless you indicate otherwise.
P.S. Here eight mixed-media projects (following are screen shots from the lesson PDFs):
B is for Picasso Blue Period Paintings (watercolor and gel medium):
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C is for Cut Contour Collages (mixed-media):
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D is for Drybrush Dares (acrylic painting):
Dmixed
I is for Improv Paintings (mixed-media):
Imixed
K is for Klee-Inspired Color Grid Paintings (layering in watercolor):
Kmixed
L is for Loose Landscapes (acrylic painting):
Lmixed
Q is for Quintessentially You (your choice of materials):
Qmixed
S is for Somewhat Surrealist (mixed-media painting):
Smixed
T is for Taped, Textured Trees (mixed-media paintings):
Tmixed
Y is for Yellow Kitty (photograph and mixed-media):
Ymixed

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Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 75,000 copies!
Two more books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books), and in 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim.
One of her students writes, “Carla just shines and is so gentle and generous that you will work hard all day and come out energised and inspired. Most importantly though, [her] class was a touchstone in my artistic journey, giving me the courage to stop resisting, and open myself to my creative voice.”
Carla lives in Seattle, Washington.
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The Art of Silliness – Free Worksheets

Hello Teachers, Parents and Artists!

Here are 30 worksheets to download, print, complete, and share!

“The Art of Silliness” was the first online class we produced… over seven years ago! There was no video component then; each day participants received an email with a link to a pdf with a “silly” drawing exercise (and more) , and we shared our filled-out worksheets on a flickr site… a community of like-minded creatives!

You can share your worksheets now at our Facebook Page: Carla Sonheim Presents: Share Your Work!

Thank you for being here!

Carla
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Improv Collage Supply List

  • PAPER – a selection (you can use any type but here are some suggestions below)
  • 6 pieces of 22″x30″ paper (I often buy pieces from the damaged pile in the art supply store, much cheaper and I’m going to get them messy anyway. Here are some suggestions below but also feel free to use whatever inexpensive paper you find)
  • 2 pieces of 9″x12″ or 8″x10″ rice paper (can also use copy paper for this)
  • Few pieces of used journal paper with writing, doodles, or a list with handwriting
  • Paint (liquid acrylics, solid acrylics, and or liquid watercolors, use what you have)
  • Acrylic markers, at least 2 different colors, below are some brand suggestions:
  • Montana Acrylic Markers
  • Uni Posca
  • Liquitex Markers
  • Brayer
  • variety of brushes
  • Stamp pad, 1 color
  • Water-soluble craypas, crayons, pastels, pencils, anything that can make a mark
  • found objects
  • Plastic ziploc bag
  • Glue sticks, I like Elmers extra strong bought at Staples
  • Matte Medium
  • Scissors
  • India ink (optional)
  • pack of 4″x6″ index cards
  • timer
  • YES glue (I don’t use this in any demo but I think it is great for big collages as it helps keep paper flat)

 
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Paper suggestions: 
Strathmore  9×12 mixed media drawing paper pad –
https://www.dickblick.com/items/13640-1023/
Canson mixed media pad 9×12
https://www.dickblick.com/items/13653-1009/
https://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-foundation-series-mix-media-pads/
Bienfang mixed media 9x12pad https://www.dickblick.com/items/22784-1023/
Blick Studio Mixed Media pad9x12 https://www.dickblick.com/items/13649-1023/
22″x30″ suggestions:
Fabriano https://www.dickblick.com/items/10451-1020/
Canson https://www.dickblick.com/items/10453-1412/
Strathmore https://www.dickblick.com/items/10264-1001/
Rives BFK https://www.dickblick.com/items/10419-1002/

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Fall 2017 Class Schedule

 
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September 19-29, 2017
Meaning Making: Inspired by Poetry
Do you ever feel as if you don’t know where you are going with your artwork? This class is about finding inspiration and adding meaning to your artwork through literature and poetry!
Instructor: Lendon Noe
2-week class • 6 lessons • $85
Registration OPEN!
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October 3 – November 2, 2017
Joy Stuff: The Art of Noticing
Joy Stuff is about noticing everyday wonders and celebrating them through our art. Joy Stuff is a delight-filled sketchbook practice and a nourishing and beautiful place to putter and to draw. A Joy Stuff sketchbook is a creative place to write, print, paint and appreciate!
Instructor: Lynn Whipple
5-week class • 10 lessons • $165
Registration now OPEN!
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October 10-20, 2017
Intro to Realism
Instructor: Karine Swenson
2-week class * 6 lessons * $85
Registration opens September 19
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October 24 – November 2, 2017
Bookbinding: Buttonhole Stitch
Instructor: Bari Zaki
2-week class * 4 lessons * $65
Registration opens October 3
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November 7-17, 2017
Collage!
Instructor: Kara Kramer
2-week class * 6 lessons * $85
Registration opens October 17
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And all year long:
Join anytime! Art inspiration every day… Stay connected to your art and creativity… a short video each day!
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2017 Kids Art Week – FREE!

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“2017 Kids Art Week”
with Carla Sonheim
One-Week Class; 5 Video Lessons
FREE!
Class Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Carla Sonheim, author of “Drawing Lab,” would like to invite you and your kids to join us for a week of creativity and fun. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!
… and, it’s FREE!
SIGN UP HERE!
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Schedule:
Class Itinerary
Lesson 1Blob Hunting: Imaginary Animals
Markers, Colored Pencils. We will go outside, find “blob” shapes, and then turn them into animals!

Lesson 2Dürer Rabbit
Oil Pastels. You will do a Master Copy of Albrecht Dürer’s “Young Hare.”

Lesson 3Chagall Merry-Go-Round
Collage. Inspired by a drawing by Marc Chagall, you will create collage papers and make your own composition with a “recipe.”

Lesson 4Picasso Cats
Watercolors, Markers. A strange and weird cat in the Cubist style.

Lesson 5Outsider Art Elephants
Cardboard, Tempera or Acrylics. Rip your box down and create an elephant from the parts!

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It’s Free! Sign your kids up today!
SIGN UP HERE!
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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• Each day during the week of class, you will receive an email with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, we are always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available forever.
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our online classes, click HERE.
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Note: This is a class for kids (aged 2-17), and “kids-at-heart” (18+). Please join the fun! 😀
And please tell a friend!
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Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds


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Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds
with Fred Lisaius
2-Week Class; 4 Video Lessons
Class Dates: April 4 – 13, 2017


Welcome to the second class in a three-part series! In these classes we will learn how to create the Background, Middle Ground and Foreground. We will also learn many techniques for creating depth and making all three grounds work together.
In this second class we will use our paintings from Part 1 and create two middle grounds: trees and mountains. This class is about the challenge of creating elements in a painting that support, but won’t overpower, foreground elements to come.
Acrylics paints are beautiful. The medium is creamy, colorful, and very versatile. This class is designed to introduce beginners to this beautiful medium and to excite more advanced students with new information and techniques. I look forward to painting with you! — Fred
CLICK HERE for the SUPPLY LIST.
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Sign up Today!
Three-class series:

Middle Grounds class only:

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Series Schedule:
Backgrounds (instant availability)
Middle Grounds (April 4-15, 2017)
Foregrounds (June 6-16, 2017)
  
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Part 1 – Middle Grounds Class Itinerary
Week 1 – Blue Sky, Mountains
Lesson 1 – Picking colors that indicate distance and depth, and roughing in shapes of a distant mountain range.
Lesson 2 – Adding a second layer of paint to the first layer for complete coverage. Adding detail to create a realistic look.

Week 2 – Sunrise Sunset, Trees
Lesson 3 – Painting tree forms, trunks and branches; working with subtleties color to create the right balance for a middle ground element in a backlit scene.
Lesson 4 – Revisit tree forms. Make adjustments in color transparency, adding additional branches and fine details with a small brush.

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Three-class series:

Middle Grounds class only:

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fredheadFred Lisaius is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA  (“Fred is perfect!”). Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections. Fred recently had a show at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.  From his statement:
The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• A password-protected blog serves as our clubhouse; there you will find all of the lesson videos and class materials.
• A Facebook group has been created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Fred is always available to look at your work via email.)
• You have indefinite access to the class materials.
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours with the links to the class blog and Facebook group.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla[at]carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our classes, click HERE.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Hi! Here are some answers to some questions you might have about the “365” Online Class:
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I’m afraid I will not be able to keep up with the speed of the class!
This is a “choose-your-own-adventure” class! You can try to do the prompts daily, you can pick and choose the ones that speak to you, or you can simply work the class on more of a “thinking level” in those times of the year when you get really busy!
Our idea is that there is no “falling behind” or “catching up” … the videos/prompts are meant to encourage and nudge, and hopefully entertain too!
But it would be kind of like having a strawberry each day… you either do it and enjoy it or not… no guilt!!
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Will this be a video demo each day?  
This class is different in that we are switching up the “demo” aspect up quite a bit and will be focused on creative directives (“Draw 5 lions with your eyes closed!”) rather than lengthy demos.
Some days the videos might be a 10-second animation asking you to draw or write something; others might be a demo/tip/technique days, with a bit of talking and demoing as per usual, but it will be mostly “showing” and will be succinctly edited for brevity. (Short!)
Guest artists might provide a simple creative prompt or studio tip, a do a short interview or studio visit.
For things that require more explanation (such as HOW to do a one-line drawing, for example), there will be some longer videos in the beginning of the year to get the ball rolling.
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How you will govern the possible plethora of posts and the sequence of them if there is a task every day!?
We will ask everyone hashtag the prompt their post is responding to… #67, for example, so that even though the Facebook group will be awash with creative ideas, participants will be able to search for that day’s prompt and only those will show up.
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In 2018, will there be opportunities to pursue something that you like in a little more depth that can be accomplished in one day, and be able to share that with the group?
Yes! For those that want to work more in-depth with certain prompts, you will be welcome and encouraged to post anything creative that is inspired by the class, at any time.
We will also have two additional Facebook groups that people can join… one for those wanting to go at a slower pace.
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Will there be any themes to a given period of time (week, two weeks, or month)?
We want to keep the prompts surprising and open — but yes, there will likely be little mini themes that crop up throughout the year organically. 😀
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Do I get forever access like all of your other classes? 
365 is a continuously running class and, starting January 1, 2018, all students will have access via a renewable membership, which runs for one year from the date of purchase. If you would like to have forever access to the year of 365 videos, you can download them to your computer as you go along.
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365 Year-Long Class: 2-Payment Plan

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Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in “365!” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $10 processing fee the day you sign up, and then two installments of $99 each over two months. The first $99 should automatically happen the day after you register. Then, the final payment ($99.00) will occur 30 days later.
Please make sure your Paypal ducks are in a row: boxes checked, money available, etc.
You will be asked to create an account so that PayPal can make payments later. This is not a new PayPal account; this is just for the playment plan. If you’ve used our payment plan before and receive a “username unavailable” error message, simply add “17” to your username.
Thank you so much again!

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Big Bold Bloom Payment Plans

Hi everyone!
Thank you for your interest in Lynn Whipple’s “Big Bold Bloom” classes!
Below are buttons if you would like to purchase a class in two $80 installments, 30 days apart, with a $7 cost the first day. So the way the money would come out of your Paypal account is as follows:
Sign-up day – $7
The NEXT day – $80
30 days later – $80
We hope this helps… thank you so much!
Carla
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Class #1: Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting!

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Class #2: Big Bold Bloom 2!

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Big Bold Bloom 2! Alumni Discount Code


Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting 2!
with Lynn Whipple
5-Week Class
Class Dates: October 4 – November 3, 2016
$165 $155
Regular registration will open next week, but you can sign up today, too!

To get your discount, click above to add the class to your cart, then type in the code

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in the box provided on the “View Cart” page. (If you can’t find this page, look in the right hand column of the website, right under the blue newsletter box, and you will see the “view cart” link.
Thank you, Bloomers!

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Teacher Bios

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Cat Bennett is artist and author. In her Saturday Morning Drawing Club, she teaches drawing as a way to meet the true creative self. Her book, The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind, published by Findhorn Press in 2010, was a gold medal winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards. Her book Making Art a Practice: How To Be the Artist You Are, and her newest book, The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams: How to Create a Club for Art, are also published by Findhorn Press.
Cat worked as an illustrator/designer for about thirty years. Her illustrations have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun and Time Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Harcourt Brace and many other publications. She has also made short animations for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon TV, WHDH-TV, WGBH-TV and various non-profits. She has exhibited her art in group shows in Boston, New York, and Tokyo.
Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga Magazine UK, Integral Yoga Magazine, Red, The American, Lightworker, High Spirit Magazine and others. www.catbennett.net
 
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Diane Culhane is a professional artist and art educator who lives in West Seattle in a 1910 home, and works out of her studio in Ballard Building C. She received her BFA from the University of Utah and Master’s Degree from Seattle University.
Diane has taught for The Bellevue School District, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center, Bellevue Arts Museum and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art School for children in the summer.
Visit her website at: www.dianeculhaneart.com
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Fred Lisaius is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA  (“Fred is perfect!”).  Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections.
Fred currently has a show at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.  From his statement:
“The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.”
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Stephanie Hargrave writes: “I’ve been both painting and working in clay since college, where I studied color theory, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. I started a line of functional ceramics as a small business in 1997 after studying with Carol Gouthro, and have worked with metal, oil paint, and acrylics over the years, but my medium of choice is bee’s wax.”
“I learned a great deal studying with Jef Gunn and Larry Caulkins at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and have been focusing for the past 9 years exclusively on encaustics. It is the one medium that affords all the other materials I’ve worked in to overlap and inform one another.”
“I find bee’s wax to be inherently lovely, and work with it always mindful of how its natural beauty and transparency can coexist with my ideas and imagery.”
See more wonderful art at Stephanie’s website: www.stephaniehargrave.com
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Megan Hovany is a multimedia artist, puppet designer, and cardboard art-wizard living in Chicago. She is a scenic painter and adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University. She has painted scenes and created puppets for numerous theatrical productions, was commissioned for a 40′ sculptural mural for Chicago Children’s Museum, and has received Joseph Hefferson Award nominations for two of her puppet designs for Quest.
The Chicago Reader writes: “[T]he stagecraft is breathtaking at times–especially when it comes to those puppets by Megan Hovany.” – Tony Adler review of “Drum Circle Pandora.”
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alisonbioThe artwork of Alison O’Donoghue can be described as contemporary folk art.
Her work is partly naïve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life… awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two-dimensional world.
In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story.
In her larger work, Alison seems to have no intention of leaving a space unfilled or unpopulated, as the figures become more of an overall pattern. It gives the viewer the feeling of looking at vines overtaking the world inside the painting in a kind of beautiful invasive force of nature.
Alison O’Donoghue’s contemporary folk art and patterned worlds invite us to explore visually the simple beauty, complexity, interactions and sometimes the humorously sinister aspects of everyday life.
Alison lives in Portland, Oregon. http://www.aliorange.com/alison.html
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Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating.
She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 75,000 copies!
Two more books were released in Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books), and in 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim.
One of her students writes, “Carla just shines and is so gentle and generous that you will work hard all day and come out energized and inspired. Most importantly though, [her] class was a touchstone in my artistic journey, giving me the courage to stop resisting, and open myself to my creative voice.”
Carla lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Krista Peel Starer is an artist, art entrepreneur and longtime developer of creative projects. She received her degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL in painting and drawing.
Krista is an accomplished art maker and designer in a whole host of mediums. Currently she is Co-Owner of 3 Star Studio a design and fabrication studio with her husband and daughter. Together, they develop and produce jewelry, dollhouses, miniatures, puzzles and laser-cut beads. Krista has also started illustrating children’s books, including the already released “Illustrated Alphabet” and her upcoming title “The Amazing Book.”
She was previously Co-Director of the Philadelphia Art Hotel, an artist residency run out of her 3-story row home in Philadelphia. Krista is a seasoned jewelry designer, having participated in art and craft fairs around the country.  She has worked at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was Art Director for various art theater projects with Collaboration in Chicago.
Now in her life as an off-grid homesteader in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, she has discovered the art-making intrinsic in cooking, building projects and playing with her 4-yr-old.
Find her work here –
3 Star Studio – Etsy Shop
Krista Peel Jewelry – Etsy Shop
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Karine Swenson grew up just outside of a town called Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills. The closest neighbor was a mile away. Reared in this environment, Swenson’s connection with the natural world was strong.
After receiving her BA in painting from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she moved to Colorado. She has spent most of her life in small towns that sit right next to the last remaining bits of wilderness.
From the mountains of Colorado, the ocean surrounding Maui, Hawaii and now the desert near Joshua Tree, California, she feels the most at home out in nature. In the studio, her second home, she can explore her relationship with the natural world. Her oil paintings are reflections of this relationship. Swenson has been a full time artist for the past ten years.
To watch a short video introducing Karine, click HERE.
See more wonderful art at Karine’s website: www.karineswenson.com.
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Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes; collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd charm.
Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”
Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com and her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/lynnwhipple
 
 
 
 

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Kids Art Week – Free!


Kids Art Week! FREE July 25-29, 2016 from Carla Sonheim Presents on Vimeo.
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“Kids Art Week” FREE!
with Carla Sonheim
One-Week Class; 5 Video Lessons
Class Dates: July 25-29, 2016
Sign Up for Kids Art Week
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Carla Sonheim, author of “Drawing Lab,” would like to invite you and your kids to join us for a week of creativity and fun. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!
… and, it’s FREE!
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Schedule:
Class Itinerary
Lesson 1: Paul Klee Name Paintings (Crayon & Watercolor)
Lesson 2Dubuffet Figures (Crayon & Watercolor)
Lesson 3Motherwell Paper Bag Collages (Collage)
Lesson 4Hundertwasser Houses (Markers)
Lesson 5: Picasso Dogs (Collage & Crayon)
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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• Each day during the week of class, you will receive an email with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, we are always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available forever.
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our online classes, click HERE.
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To learn more about our 2015 Kids Art Week, click HERE!
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Art Heist: Online Class


Art Heist: A Twist on the Traditional Master Copy
Instructor: Krista Peel Starer
2-week, 4-lesson class, mixed-media • $65 
Class Dates: June 7 – 17, 2016
Note: Even though class has started, you are welcome to join anytime!

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THE PITCH
In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of four of our favorite artists. (As Picasso says: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”)
THE PLAN
An enormous part of making art is absorbing and converting what others have created into your own work.  In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of our favorite artists. Along the way, we’ll begin to understand their processes and personal mark making, even in profound ways, like looking through their eyes.  We’ll discuss how our favorite artists have made their work; the tricks they’ve used, the shortcuts they’ve taken, and how they developed a personal art language.
The goal is to come away with some new information — information you can use to go out and do the thing we are especially suited for; recording ourselves and our world.
Here is the breakdown: I’ll choose a few of my favorite works of art to re-create and you’ll do the same. The first theft will be in cut paper assemblage, the second and third in watercolor and the fourth using acrylic. During this caper, we’ll all be sharing our favorite treasures and introducing each other to gems of new artists
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We all make art differently, from the beginner to the master. In re-creating our favorite artists’ work, we can lift some great ideas and make off with a wealth of knowledge. Are you in?
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.
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Week 1
Lesson 1: Stealing for Beginners, Starting in Cut Paper
You will choose a favorite piece of artwork that has a part or detail you’d like to focus on. Working from your chosen source material, you’ll zoom in and develop a cut paper collage with the elements you love from that piece.

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Cut paper collage inspired by Brazilian Illustrator Beatriz Milhazes 
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Lesson 2: Grabbing the Whole Treasure, a Landscape Caper in Watercolor
You will work from another favorite piece; this time — a landscape. Using an easy watercolor technique, you will lift the whole piece, edge to edge. And during this process, you will personalize it and find more idea treasures to sneak away with.
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“Luna in the Meadow” in the style of Illustrator Mary Blair
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Lesson 3: Advanced Theft, Image Stealing Techniques from the Masters
This is where we get highly secret, and show you the tricks that have been hidden among artists for centuries. (You may need to take the class to find out more . . . (HOMEWORK – watch BBC special David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge)
 

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Watercolor copy of Alex Katz‘ 1969 painting, Vincent and Tony
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Lesson 4: Absconded Sculpture, 3D Taken to 2D in Acrylics
During our final grab, you will use a photograph of a favorite sculpture and transform it into an acrylic painting. You will make off with multiple ideas, including an acrylic technique called faux bois. Now it’s time to make our getaway!

ah4a3D to 2D: Acrylic painting inspired by the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth

NOTE: You will choose artists that YOU love to work from… the artists here are Krista’s picks. 😀
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SIGN UP TODAY!

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Here’s the scoop for this class:
• Each Tuesday and Thursday of the two-week class, you will receive an email with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Krista is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything.
• What you will need: You will be able to view vimeo.com videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
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kristabioKrista Peel Starer is an artist, art entrepreneur and longtime developer of creative projects. She received her degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL in painting and drawing.

Krista is an accomplished art maker and designer in a whole host of mediums. Currently she is Co-Owner of 3 Star Studio a design and fabrication studio with her husband and daughter. Together, they develop and produce jewelry, dollhouses, miniatures, puzzles and laser-cut beads. Krista has also started illustrating children’s books, including the already released “Illustrated Alphabet” and her upcoming title “The Amazing Book.”
She was previously Co-Director of the Philadelphia Art Hotel, an artist residency run out of her 3-story row home in Philadelphia. Krista is a seasoned jewelry designer, having participated in art and craft fairs around the country.  She has worked at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was Art Director for various art theater projects with Collaboration in Chicago.
Now in her life an an off-grid homesteader in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, she has discovered the art-making intrinsic in cooking, building projects and playing with her 4-yr-old.
Find her work here –
3 Star Studio – Etsy Shop
Krista Peel Jewelry – Etsy Shop
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BONUS — Words Stolen (about stealing!)
“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” — Jim Jarmusch
“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” — David Bowie
“I love art, I love being thrilled by art, and I love folding these thrills into my own practice. I love stealing….I absolutely believe my best work lies ahead of me, and lies in the work I’m absolutely on fire to steal from.” — Tom Hart
“A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” — Igor Stravinsky
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing” — Salvador Dali
“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.” — William Ralph Inge
“What to copy is a little bit trickier. Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” — Austin Kleon, from his book, Steal Like an Artist.
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Fairy Tale Summer – Online Class


Fairy Tale Summer!
(An edited, re-running of 2014’s Year of the Fairy Tale)
with Carla Sonheim
8 weeks, 16-lessons • $149
Class Dates: June 21 – August 11, 2016

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Hi! My name is Carla Sonheim. In 2014, I held a year-long online class “Year of the Fairy Tale.” During our year we drew, painted, and illustrated eight different fairy tales, including “The Frog Princess,” “The Princess & the Pea,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “The 12 Brothers,” and more!
We had the best year! And by request I’ve edited down the content a bit and am offering this class again, this time as an 8-week class. Each week you will receive both a sketchbook assignment and a technique-based, mixed-media project via professionally produced videos (8 weeks = 8 fairy tales)!
If you were part of “Year of the Fairy Tale” and would like to join the fun this summer at no additional cost, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I will put you on the list!
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Class Itinerary
Week 1 – The Frog Princess
Tu: Drawing Your Princess Character
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor & PanPastel)
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Week 2 – Blondine, Bonne Biche & Beau-Minon|
Tu: Draw 100 Flowers
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor on Yupo paper)
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Week 3 – The Princess & the Pea
Tu: Composition Exercise
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (acrylics)
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Week 4 – Little Red Riding Hood
Tu: Storyboard Exercise
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (oil pastels & acrylics)
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Week 5 – The 12 Brothers
Tu: Draw a Prince
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor, gesso, charcoal)
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Week 6 – Cinderella
Tu: Design a Dress
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (collage)
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Week 7 – The Magic Horse
Tu: 100 Horse Drawings
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (acrylics)
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Week 8 – The Lily & the Lion
Tu: Draw the Story
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (crayons & markers)
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How will this work?
First, my goal for all my classes is that students create art that is true to their own style (as opposed to expecting art look like mine). The techniques taught are just starting points and you will incorporate them into your own existing style and what will come out will be fresh and new.
Also, I strive to make sure that every online lesson includes both techniques and the opportunity for personal growth and self expression. “Fairy Tale Summer” will be an online community where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other.
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For each of the 8 weeks you’ll receive:
• a PDF with that week’s Fairy Tale/Reading Assignment
• a Sketchbook Assignment (each week we’ll pick a focus: the figure, the face, animals, etc.)
• a Step-by-Step Mixed-Media Project (we’ll work with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, graphite, collage….)
• Professionally Produced Instructional Videos
• Instructor Feedback: I will be active in the Facebook Forum and available M-F… I will do my best to comment on each post; however, if I miss you due to volume, please just shoot me an email! ????
Our virtual “classroom” includes a private blog and closed Facebook group.
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New to online classes? Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” page, and here are some recent comments from students:
“In my opinion, you are a gifted instructor, who actually makes art fun, and I look forward to learning more from you.” — Jo
“Your style of teaching is warm, genuine and clear.” — Sheri
“Carla and her co-teachers inspire not just making art but also a sense of community among the students, of whom many have been making art for quite some time and others are new to it. This sense of community shows itself in the way everyone shares art — within a closed group on Facebook — and comments in a wonderful, supportive way.” — Corinne
AND specifically about the this class:
“I’m really having a blast in this class. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s frustrating, it’s very satisfying… learning so much and loving seeing all of the amazing work being posted and loving learning these new techniques. Thanks, Carla!” — Helen
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• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in!
• Registration fee is good for people living in a single household (a great class to do with your kiddos!)
• If you have any questions at all, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.
• If you’d like a feel for the supplies you will need for this class, click here.
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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email immediately. I will log you in to the class with your Paypal email address unless you indicate otherwise.

Thank you again and I hope you can join in!
Carla Sonheim

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Y is for Yellow – 3-payment plan

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Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in “Y is for Yellow!” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $10 processing fee the day you sign up, and then three installments of $66 each over two months. The first $66 should automatically happen the day after you register. Then, the next two payments ($66.00) will occur 30 and 60 days later.
Please make sure your Paypal ducks are in a row (boxes checked, money available, etc.) to help keep emails between us to a minimum. Thanks!
Thank you so much again!
Carla

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Y is for Yellow – 2-Payment Plan

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Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in “Y is for Yellow!” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $10 processing fee the day you sign up, and then two installments of $99 each over two months. The first $99 should automatically happen the day after you register. Then, the final payment ($99.00) will occur 30 days later.
Please make sure your Paypal ducks are in a row (boxes checked, money available, etc.) to help keep emails between us to a minimum. Thanks!
Thank you so much again!
Carla

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Imaginary Creatures Discount Code for Alumni

Hello!
Thank you so much for your past participation in “Imaginary Creatures.”
We have re-created this class with our current filming standards and would love to have you join in again! For 25% off, type

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in the ETX box at checkout.
Note: This password is case sensitive.
(For those who have previously purchased Imaginary Creatures only. Thank you for understanding.)

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Fingerpainting : Fingerprinting

Fingerpainting : Fingerprinting
A Three-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class with Carla Sonheim
Painting, Acrylics • $25

Now available as a self-study class.

 

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Fingerpaint like an adult!

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One of the goals of all of our classes is to encourage you to find techniques, approaches and subject matter you ENJOY. And oftentimes this involves helping recover a more child-like, spontaneous approach to creating… and nothing says “kid” more than fingerpainting!

Join me for this fun exploration of flowers, figures and animals using the following three items: paper, acrylic paint, and your fingers!
One benefit to fingerpainting as an adult is you can bring your grown-up sensibilities to the process.
We’re going to have lots of fun with this one!
xoxo
Carla
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Your itinerary:

Lesson 1: Fields & Flowers
Fingerprint color fields and then flowers from life.
Tuesday, September 8th

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Lesson 2: Figurepainting
Loose, expressive gesture drawings to warm up and then painting figures with your fingers!
Wednesday, September 9th

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Lesson 3: Let’s Get Messy!
Start with a mess and end up with a messy (but wonderful) end result.
Friday, September 11th

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Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions! Please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I’ll get right back to you!

Supplies?
For this class you will need one mixed-media sketchbook or 8 sheets of watercolor paper, acrylic paint, and a small piece of vine charcoal.

Warning Note: Using any kind of paint directly on your skin may have health risks. I always use a barrier cream but for more protection you should use gloves. We want you to be safe and if you have any health concerns check your labels carefully and protect your skin. 

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Wordplay Painting – with Lynn Whipple

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“Wordplay Painting”
with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.

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Hello Hello!!!
A giant, warm welcome to Wordplay Painting.
I am so excited to share with you the many wonders of infusing our artwork with compelling, meaningful and irresistible words!
We will begin our class by finding and preparing a few used books and turning them into what will become our Art Books.
Think of your Art Books as small laboratories for exploration, inspiration and play. There we will use words as inspiration, as graphic elements, as lists, and as the subjects of small paintings and drawings. We will also work, much as a writer might, by considering things such as composition, editing (room for the eye to rest), titles, and character development.
We will explore through prompts poetry and personal handwriting as well as make one larger piece that will combine the techniques we have gathered along the way. Even our book covers will act as canvases!
I look forward to spending time with you and delving into the rich set of possibilities that we will find together when focusing on working with words in our work!
All my best!
with love, Lynn
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You will create:
Word Paintings…

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List Paintings…
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Poem Paintings…
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Character Paintings…
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Book Cover Paintings…
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… and Pulling-it-all-Together Paintings…
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Class Itinerary
Lesson 1: Word Paintings
We will start by playing with different ways to write words, exploring how to seep personality into each word by “drawing letters” and using spacing and pacing of letters within a word. You will choose a word or two as the main subject of several small paintings… a simple way to elevate a word with your personal style. Have fun!
Lesson 2: List Paintings
We will begin with a fast, but grounded writing prompt and then you will serve them up in a new way on fresh pages of your Art Books by making two different “list paintings.” Combine paint, pencil, water-soluble crayon, ink, pastels and markers in a variety of ways so that each line of your list has a personality of it’s own, yet it works together as a whole.
Lesson 3: Poem Paintings
Words are so much fun. For Lesson 3 you will pick out a few words that speak to you, paint around your chosen words and “edit out” all or most of the other words on the page, leaving interesting edges and shapes. We will do 3-5 of these and create a simple “sight maps” by drawing and directing the eye from word to word. The Haiku is another great rhythm or structure we can use with poem paintings… a Visual Haiku.
Lesson 4: Character Paintings
Every good book has interesting characters in it. We will create characters in two ways, embracing the “flaws” in both cases (most characters have layers of interesting traits, qualities, and lovable flaws that they show and don’t show, but are evident in some way). In the first exercise we will start with words, and the second you will complete your painting by incorporating your character’s name in the composition.
Lesson 5: Book Cover Paintings
So often you hear you can’t tell a book by it’s cover, though a clever title and interesting image can certainly help pull you in. I will share a lettering technique and we will combine collage, painting and drawing on your Book Cover Paintings. Come up with a title for your book and use those words as a graphic element in your design.
Lesson 6: Putting it all Together
Welcome to Lesson 6! This should be fun as we look through the pages of our Art Books and pull some favorite pieces, parts and ideas to create a final, larger piece! I guess we could loosely call this a Book Review 🙂 Think about a main character and a title to use in this piece and ways of using words and text as storytelling and design elements. Using parts of used books in your work can add texture, color and interest. Weaving words into our work adds an extra and often personal layer, and in this lesson we will pull it all together.
(And on a final note, it’s nice to think that you may have saved an interesting used book from the dumpster, giving it a new life as your Art Book and by being a valuable part of your artwork.)

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Supplies Needed
– 2-3 used books that speak to you. One larger book in the 10×12 inch range or more would be great
– white or cream paint (acrylic paint, flat house paint or gesso works well)
– water soluble crayons and/or water soluble colored pencils
– #3 pencil, or soft lead pencil or graphite stick
– colored pencils
– pastels
– Tombow markers assorted colors (looking for a marker that will bleed through paint, sharpies will work also)
– brushes, small tipped, medium and larger (one inch is great)
– rag
– black ink and white ink with eyedropper and dip pen
– gel medium
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– scraper for gel medium, credit card will work as well
– watercolor set
– basic acrylic paints
– plain copy paper

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Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.
Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”
Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com and her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/lynnwhipple

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• During the weeks of class, you will receive an email each Tu-W-F from Lynn with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click HERE.

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Scissors, Paper, Rock

Scissors, Paper, Rock
A 3-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class with Lynn Whipple
Drawing, Watercolor, Mixed Media • $25

Now available as a self-study class.

 

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Love Nature? Love Art?

Then join Lynn Whipple for a summer celebration of nature through drawing, painting, cutting, collaging, documenting, photographing, rearranging and gift-giving!

Each lesson you will outside and gather both inspiration and your “pieces and parts” to use in the assignments. Inspiring shapes, colors and possible combinations are everywhere in the outdoor world. Muse artists for this class include Andy Goldsworthy, Opal Whiteley and  Tim Hawkinson (his giant rock bear is super cool)!
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Your itinerary:

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Lesson 1: Journaling with Nature as Our Muse
Tuesday, August 11th
Looking deeply we will appreciate the amazing design found in the great outdoors. After some drawing exercises, you’ll alter your objects with paint and pencil and attach them to your journal pages (like a naturalist making notes)!

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Lesson 2: Nature Ninnies
Wednesday, August 12th
Today you will alter images with found outdoor objects using a smart phone or camera to document. This is fun and fast; you will capture the image and start again! Goal: Make great unexpected combinations and laugh.

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Lesson 3: Rearranging Beauty = Free Gifts
Friday, August 14th
Playing with pattern and pieces and parts found in nature, we will combine things together in a fresh new way. Document with your camera or phone, add some writing or paint if you wish.  As a bonus we will taste the joy of leaving a little something anonymously out out in the world as a free gift for a lucky passerby. 

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Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions! Please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I’ll get right back to you.

Supplies?
For this class you will need pens, pencils, journal, washi tape, acrylic paint, rag, scissors, old photos or found images, smart phone or camera, and found natural objects such as twigs, flowers, grass, leaves, rocks and more.

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Welcome, Art Teachers!


Hi!
Welcome to our website…. and thank you for stopping by! Please click the link below to check out our online classes. Each class has a promo video which should give you a good idea of what the class will be about. Your code:

15% off code: ETX15

To receive your teacher discount, please enter the code above in the “Apply ETX” field at checkout. Thank you so much!
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FREE! Kids Online Art Class – 6 Lessons


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“Kids Art Week” FREE!
with Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple & Diane Culhane
One-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.
Sign Up for Kids Art Week
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Carla Sonheim, author of “Drawing Lab,” would like to invite you and your kids to join us for a week of creativity and fun. Carla is joined by artist-teachers Lynn Whipple and Diane Culhane and they have created six video lessons for kids of all ages. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!
… and, it’s FREE!
Sign Up for Kids Art Week
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Schedule:
Class Itinerary
Lesson 1Picasso Dogs with Carla
Lesson 2Crayon Resist Night Sky with Diane
Lesson 3: Leaf Printing with Lynn
Lesson 4: Nature Faces with Lynn
Lesson 5: Oil Pastel & Paint with Diane
Lesson 6Modigliani Portraits with Carla
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Tempera or acrylic paint, markers, crayons, watercolors, pencils, oil pastels, imagination and sense of fun!

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Who we are:
Collectively, Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple, and Diane Culhane are professional artists and educators who teach all ages.

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• Each day during the week of class, you will receive an email with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, we are always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available forever.
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• FREE! Sign up today!
Sign Up for Kids Art Week

QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click HERE.

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Meet Karine Swenson

Hello! I met Karine Swenson about 10 years ago when we were both living in Salida, CO. Karine now lives in Joshua Tree, CA (and I in Seattle), so I miss our long talks at her gallery about art and life! She has two classes with us: “Intro to Abstract Painting” and “Elements: Building Blocks of Painting” (a NEW class beginning May 12, 2015!). Karine is a smart, insightful instructor and I know you will enjoy her classes! — Carla

Meet Artist Karine Swenson from Silly U on Vimeo.
 
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Karine Swenson grew up just outside of a town called Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills. The closest neighbor was a mile away. Reared in this environment, Swenson’s connection with the natural world was strong. After receiving her BA in painting from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she moved to Colorado. She has spent most of her life in small towns that sit right next to the last remaining bits of wilderness. From the mountains of Colorado, the ocean surrounding Maui, Hawaii and now the desert near Joshua Tree, California, she feels the most at home out in nature. In the studio, her second home, she can explore her relationship with the natural world. Her oil paintings are reflections of this relationship. Swenson has been a full time artist for the past ten years.
See more wonderful art at Karine’s website: www.karineswenson.com.
And here is a selection of recent work:
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“Nothing in Common.” Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
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“Mental Meanderings.” Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
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“Priority.” Security envelopes, oil and graphite. 16 x 20 inches. 
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“Somewhere Between.” Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.
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“Confrontation.” Oil on canvas, 35 x 40 inches. 
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“Ready, Set, Go.” Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches. 
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Karine’s CV:
Selected Exhibitions 
“Seeing Spots” – Solo Show – Twentynine Palms Gallery, May 2015, 29 Palms, CA
“Walk on the Wild Side” – Solo Show – Metro Galleries, March/April 2015, Bakersfield, CA
“Real and Imagined” Solo Show – Metro Galleries, April/May 2013, Bakersfield, CA
“Portraits,” Joshua Tree Public Library, February – September 2012, Joshua Tree, CA
“From the Desert to the Sea,” Metro Galleries, April/May 2011, Bakersfield, CA
“Circle of Quiet”, Solo show, Red Arrow Gallery, March 2011, Joshua Tree, CA
“Augustana Art: Then & Now,” Eide-Dalrymple Gallery, Oct. 2010, Sioux Falls, SD
Hwy 62 Art Tours, October 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
“Desert Winds”, September 2009, Spezzano Gallery, Long Beach, CA
“Clarity”, Solo Show February, March 2009, True World Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA
The City of Palm Springs Annual Juried Art Show, January 2009, Palm Springs, CA
*NCAA National Juried Show, April 2007, Fort Collins, CO
AVAC Open Awards show, July 2006 and 2004, CMC, Buena Vista, CO
“From the Island” Solo show, Den Gallery, November 2005, Denver, CO
*National Juried Art Show, Cedar Key Art Center, March 2005, Cedar Key, FL
Catharsis, April 2004 and 2005, Cool Mountain Art, Salida, CO
*Drawing from Life, February 2003, Wailuku, HI
*Schaefer Portrait Challenge, January 2003, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, HI
Awards and Honors
Artist Award, Joshua Tree National Park Art Show & Faire, 29 Palms Art Gallery, December 2013
2nd place, Southland Show, 29 Palms Art Gallery, November 2010
1st place, painting, Purple Agave Gallery, Spring 2009
Representation
Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA present
Art of Framing, San Diego, CA June 2011 to November 2013
JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA 2010, 2011, & 2012
Cultureclash, Salida, CO January 2007 to May 2011
Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO 2005 to 2007
Cool Mountain Art, Salida, CO 2004 to 2006
Art Pacific Gallery, Wailea, HI 2003 to 2004
Maui Hands Gallery, Paia and Makawao, HI 2001 to 2003
Education
1992 B.A. Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD Painting and Drawing
1990 studied painting and sculpture, UNM, Albuquerque, NM

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Photo Silly Advanced – Worksheets

Photo Silly “Advanced” with Steve Sonheim
Click on each day’s worksheet. It should take between 10-20 seconds to load into your browser window. Then, print!
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Lunch Hour Art! (Bite-Sized Online Classes)

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Hello!
Welcome to “Lunch Hour Art!”
Some classes will be re-edits of previous, longer classes (such as “Year of the Giraffe” or “Flower Crazy”), and some will be new topics!
You do not need to do these at a specific time; the “lunch hour” just refers to the amount of time it might take to do each day’s lesson… about an hour!
All Lunch Hour classes are 3 lessons long and $25.
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Available as a self-study class.
Faces Mini with Carla Sonheim
New class (re-filmed content from an earlier class, “Faces 101”)

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Fingerprinting : Fingerprinting with Carla Sonheim
New class.

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Available as a self-study class.
Scissors, Paper, Rock with Lynn Whipple
New class.

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Cats! with Carla Sonheim
New class.
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Flower Crazy Mini with Carla Sonheim
(re-edited, shortened version of the original 5-week class)

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Spark Blog Buttons

Hello!
Here are some buttons to sew on your blogs if you like! Thank you so much for being here!!
xoxo
Lynn and Carla
 
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Size: 252 x 352
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton2″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton2.jpg” width=”252″ height=”352″ /></a>
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Size: 150 x 210
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton2b” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton2b.jpg” width=”150″ height=”210″ /></a>
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Size: 250 x 350
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton3b” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton3b.jpg” width=”250″ height=”350″ /></a>
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Size: 150 x 210
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton3″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton3.jpg” width=”150″ height=”210″ /></a>
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Size: 300 x 268
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton4″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton4.jpg” width=”300″ height=”268″ /></a>

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Spark Blog Buttons

Hello!
Here are some buttons to sew on your blogs if you like! Thank you so much for being here!!
xoxo
Lynn and Carla
 
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Size: 252 x 352
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton2″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton2.jpg” width=”252″ height=”352″ /></a>
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Size: 150 x 210
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton2b” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton2b.jpg” width=”150″ height=”210″ /></a>
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Size: 250 x 350
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton3b” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton3b.jpg” width=”250″ height=”350″ /></a>
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Size: 150 x 210
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton3″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton3.jpg” width=”150″ height=”210″ /></a>
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Size: 300 x 268
Code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/yearofthespark/”><img alt=”sparkbutton4″ src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sparkbutton4.jpg” width=”300″ height=”268″ /></a>

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Year of the Spark 3-Payment Plan

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Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in “2015: Year of the SPARK!” We sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $5 fee the day you sign up, and then three installments of $66 each over three months. The first $66 should automatically happen the day after you register. Then, the final two payments ($66.00 each) will occur 30 and 60 days later.
Please make sure your Paypal ducks are in a row (boxes checked, money available, etc.) to help keep emails between us to a minimum.
Thank you so much again!
Lynn & Carla

 
 

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Win "The Joy of Mixed-Media Assemblage" Online Class!

And the winner is… Lucky 13!
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teri pastorino says:

the class looks awesome. i would love to win a spot then i could use a lot of this bits and pieces of stuff i have around!
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Newsletter Subscribers Only: Win a spot in Lynn Whipple’s Upcoming Class!
Just leave a comment below telling us why you would like the class, and a winner will be picked randomly at 8pm Sunday, October 19, 2014 (PST)
(If you’ve already signed up for the class, enter anyway — you will receive a refund if you win!)
Thank you for being a newsletter subscriber!
Carla and Lynn
P.S. Class Description below.
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“The Joy of Mixed-Media Assemblage”
Instructor: Lynn Whipple
Mixed-Media, Collage, 3D
2-Week Class; 6 Lessons Total
Class Session: October 27 – November 7, 2014

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Hello and a great big GigAntic welcome to the JOy of Mixed Media Assemblage!!
Working with found objects inside a boX!
What could be more fun than combining all of our favorite things and working within a box format?? Mixed-Media Assemblage allows us to explore collage, drawing, altering photos, painting, altered found objects, storytelling, composition and more!
I would be thrilled to share with yOu all the techniques, tricks and tips that I have learned working in assemblage. It is so much fun… from finding the perfect box to laying down and collaging a background to altering photos and found objects, to attaching and gluing and to special little ways I have developed to make your work finished, framed and ready to hang on the wall.
This class is all about yOU, and using your voice to make things that make your heart sing! You will play the “pieces-parts” game, which is fantastic way of seeing how many fresh combinations that you can come up with. If you have a fabulous stash of found objects and old photos, this is the perfect project, if you need more, its a great excuse to go “on the hunt!” We will work with “found” boxes and/or cradled wood panels.
Please join us for an artistic, mixed-media romp chock full of encouragement, learning, sharing, play, imagination, exploration and most of all fun!
xoxo Lynn

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SUPPLIES
For the Supply List, click HERE.
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CLASS ITINERARY

Lesson 1: The Hunt & Preparing Your Box 
The hunt for boxes is always fun, find some additional pieces and parts while you are at it!
Lesson 2: Design Your Piece
Here is where we begin to play with your pieces and parts and make fresh combinations.
Lesson 3: Collage Your Background
Great way to begin a piece using time tested collage techniques for gluing and aging.
Lesson 4: Altering Pieces & Parts 
Time to make it your own by altering elements and making things work. Storytelling will take place at this stage as well.
Lesson 5: Gluing & Final Touches 
Let’s tweak all the little things and glue everything in place, an important step.
Lesson 6: Presentation
Let’s give it the big finish! Time to wire the back and hang your work on the wall!  Adding plexiglass will finish everything and make all you do look fantastic.
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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• Each M-W-F you will receive an email from Lynn with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download for one year if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Wednesday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click HERE.
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Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.
Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”
Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com and her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/lynnwhipple
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Woodburning for Mixed-Media Artists

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“Woodburning for Mixed-Media Artists”
with Carla Sonheim
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Class Session: Now available as a self-study class

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Hello! Please join me for my next online class, “Woodburning for Mixed-Media Artists!”
In this two-week, six-lesson class we will work with a simple woodburning tool to create beautiful marks, textures, and lines on both wood and paper. We will incorporate the unique burned mark into six different mixed-media assignments: we’ll make numerous small works on paper and 3D art blocks using markers, collage, transfers, watercolors, acrylics and gel mediums.
I am excited to share with you some techniques and projects, and look forward to see your beautiful works online. Join me!
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CLASS ITINERARY
Week 1: Woodburning on Paper
Lesson #1: Exploratory Mark-Making; Flower Garden
Lesson #2: Fusing Paper & Transfered Lines ; Collage Trees
Lesson #3: Etching Line: Modigliani-Inspired Portraits
Week 2: Woodburning on Wood
Lesson #4: Start a Series of Art Blocks
Lesson #5: Recessed lines; Scraped Paint Technique
Lesson #6: Watercolor on Wood; Finishing Tips
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SUPPLIES
Click HERE for the Class Supply List.

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• During the weeks of class, you will receive an email each M-W-F from me with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.) • The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Wednesday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click HERE.
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Wood burning is fun!

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"Cardbirds: Intro to Cardboard Relief"


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“Cardbirds: Intro to Cardboard Relief”
Instructor: Megan Hovany
Mixed-Media
1-Week Class; 3 Video Lessons
This class is now available as a self-study class.

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This introductory class will get you started in making 3D artistic creations out of cardboard, packaging, and paper.
Our project will give you the opportunity to learn and practice the techniques of:
– safe cutting
– papier mâché
– sketching and planning
– layered construction
– creating unique textures
– painting and finishing
Megan will take you step-by-step through the process of transforming mundane paper packaging into an extraordinary assemblage of form, texture, and tones, as well as adding valuable tools to your mixed-media and collage toolbox.

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Cardboard Mural Commission for the Chicago Children’s Museum (click to enlarge)
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– 16”x16” piece of hardboard (or two pieces of double-ply cardboard)
– Utility knife and extra blades
– an Olfa knife (9mm size) for smaller cuts.
– cutting mat or piece of wood
– 1-ply cardboard
– Thin carton (from cereal boxes, gift boxes, etc.)
– Brown kraft paper (from grocery bags, lunch bags, or roll)
– White glue
– Low-temp hot glue gun
– Pencil and paper for sketching
– scissors
– Acrylic paint, small brush
– Optional: Spray shellac or dull, clear Krylon for finishing
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You will complete one bird relief (subject matter is up to you, but Megan will demonstrate a bird).
Lesson 1: Supplies, Cutting & Safety, Using Papier ache to make your canvas
Lesson 2: Reference materials, sketching and ideas, cutting components, assembling
Lesson 3: Fine-tuning your construction, making changes, mounting, painting, clean-up and finishing

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
• During the week of class, you will receive an email M-W-F from Megan with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
• A facebook group will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Megan is always available to look at your work via email.)
• The class materials will be up and available for download for one year, if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Wednesday before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs – If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click HERE.
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bioshotsmlMegan Hovany is a multimedia artist, puppet designer, and cardboard art-wizard living in Chicago. She is a scenic painter and adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University. She has painted scenes and created puppets for numerous theatrical productions, was commissioned for a 40′ sculptural mural for Chicago Children’s Museum, and has received Joseph Hefferson Award nominations for two of her puppet designs for Quest.
The Chicago Reader writes: “[T]he stagecraft is breathtaking at times–especially when it comes to those puppets by Megan Hovany.” – Tony Adler review of “Drum Circle Pandora.”

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"Using Vibrant Color" with Krista Peel

One-week workshop: Drawing, Painting (+ bonus 3D!)
5 Videos – 5 Assignments
Special Price:  $45.00 $35.00



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Let’s start by saying that color is invigorating. It is tool that has the power to do no less than lift our spirits and make us happy.  If you already feel this way about color — or you’ve always been shy about it and wish to — this is the class for you!
We will start the week by working in our sketchbooks on line drawings that will easily turn into bright, rich watercolors. We’ll draw from fresh flowers…
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Next, we’ll switch to acrylics and construct some simple, bold, meaningful, colorful decorative paintings! We’ll work from fresh vegetables…
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Finally — and as a bonus lesson to really celebrate color in our lives — we’ll build a fabulous flower mobile for your studio from re-used materials including scarves, yarn, and faux-flowers:pinkflowermobile1

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CLASS OUTLINE

Day 1: Fresh Flower Watercolor
Day 2: Still Life Watercolor
Day 3: Acrylic Ombré Vegetable Painting
Day 4: Acrylic Pixel Painting
Day 5: Acrylic Blob Painting
Bonus project: Faux Flower Mobile

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.

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kristapeelKrista Peel was born in Saugatuck, MI and raised in Cheyenne, WY. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, IL in painting and drawing.
She’s lived in Casper, WY, Bloomington, IN, Chicago, IL, Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Zak.
The only thing she likes more than traveling, is painting. And drawing. And jewelry making. And science. Also dioramas, miniatures, slight of hand magic, the supernatural, roller coasters, swimming, mini-golf, discussing movies and tiki drinks. Ooh, and her wonderful baby daughter, Luna Ruby. Visit her at www.kristapeel.com
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Frequently Asked Questions

Hello! I hope the following will answer your questions, but if you have more please don’t hesitate to contact me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com. Thank you for your interest!
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I’ve never taken an online class before. How does it work?
If you are reading this post and can watch videos on vimeo.com, you can take our online classes!
Each class is a combination of professionally produced video lessons, written supportive material in the form of blog articles or PDFs, and interactions with the teacher and classmates via a closed Facebook group and/or private emails.
Once you sign up for a class, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. About five days before your class is set to go “live,” you will receive an email with the relevant urls and passcodes.
You will receive an email each lesson day reminding you that a video lesson is up and at the blog. In addition, you will receive prompt instructor feedback on all artwork uploaded to the dedicated class facebook group (or, if you prefer, emailed directly).
Video lessons are between 5-30 minutes, with the average lesson being about 13 minutes. Our video team works hard to make the videos as easy to watch as possible, which includes thoughtful editing so that you can spend more time with your art supplies. Each lesson typically demonstrates one or two new techniques and then provides an assignment for you to complete.
Students can opt to work in tandem with the group or solo; posting your lessons is entirely optional (though recommended to get the most benefit from the online community).
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What is the difference between a “live” and a “self-study” online class?
One of the best things about workshops — both in-person and online — is the community created by like-minded individuals cheering you on, sharing ideas, and generally keeping you excited and motivated. During the “live” sessions of our online classes, this community is one of the biggest benefits.
Also in the “live” sessions the instructor is 100% ready and available to answer any questions and give feedback.
In self-study classes, you receive exactly the same content, though you work on your own schedule and simply need to email your instructor alerting him/her that you have uploaded your artwork since teachers don’t check the Facebook page regularly after the live session.
Both options are popular and it is just a matter of personal preference!

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I will be away for part of the class. Can I still participate? 
Of course! The lessons go up first thing each morning (usually at 12:05am PST) and it is up to each student when they would like to view the material. In addition, all the videos and class materials are available to you forever! (Except for year-long classes, where the material is available to you for one year from the last day of class.)

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I live in New Zealand/Africa/Europe/South America/China/etc. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! The lessons go up the first thing each morning (usually at 12:05am U.S. Pacific Standard Time). When the lesson appears, you can work the material on your schedule. Instructors comment on artwork as it comes in, no matter where you live!
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Can I share the links with my friends?
Your class fee is good for participants living in a single household. So, you can share with your kids, your partner, or anyone else living with you.
Other than the above, please don’t share the links with friends or family!
If you are part of a group and would like to request a group rate, please email me!
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I haven’t drawn since the third grade. Are your classes suitable for beginners?
Yes, our classes are designed so that students of all levels find a warm, supportive, and challenging environment in which to learn and grow. In the rare case that a class is not suitable for beginners, it will be clearly stated.
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How long do I have access to the class videos?
You have indefinite, lifetime access to our classes, so you can revisit the material anytime.
“Year-Long” classes have one-year access (though, all lessons are downloadable, so if you take the time to download the material you can enjoy forever access, too).
 

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Closed Caption Tips

We have added closed captions to all of the Fairy Tale videos to date. You can view them simply by clicking the little button that says “cc” on the lower right hand corner of the video and choosing English cc.
Here are a few tips when using the closed captioning
—Closed captions can be used on Macs, PCs, Iphones and Ipads  (and possibly other tablet-like devices).
—Because of the way that vimeo is set up, it is best to watch the video from start to finish. Try not to skip around too much as the captions can become out of synch over time.
—If you are trying to view cc on an ipad or iphone, you may be unable to if you have an older generation device or an older operating system.
–Ipad users – If the video is full screen and you can’t find the cc button, there is a little speech bubble button you can find on the lower right hand corner.

–Vimeo can be a tad finicky about browsers.  Try your favorite go-to browser first, but if you have any trouble through much testing we have found the following-

Google Chrome & Safari are reliable on both PC’s, Macs, and newer OS Iphones and Ipads. PC users may notice that the cc appear smaller with Safari.
Firefox and Internet Explorer are not as compatible with vimeo. Either the subtitles are miniscule or invisible. Feel free to try your version first, but if you have problems we suggest trying a different browser.
If you have any questions or comments at all please feel free to email Matisse at  matisse@carlasonheim.com
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DRAW! Sample lesson

Hi!
This is the first “bonus” video I did for the class. It’s a silly/fun exercise (the lessons get progressively more and more “real”), but hopefully it will give you an idea of my teaching style and what you would receive each day in this 21-day class.
Each day’s video & assignment will be housed at the class blog.

Day 0 – Draw! from Silly U on Vimeo.
If you are having trouble viewing the video via this Typepad blog, try going directly to the vimeo site: https://www.vimeo.com/56873169
Here are the drawings I made during the video, and the last one is one that I “took further” by adding some pencil shading.
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Prompts were: Elephant, Tree, Bird
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Prompts (courtesy of Steve) were: Porcupine, Walnut, Fire Truck
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Even though this drawing assignment was for fun only, I still thought some of the drawings had potential! This porcupine was enhanced with a little bit of pencil shading (I used a 2B mechanical pencil).
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Junk Mail Artist's Book


One-Week Intensive Class • $35
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
This class is now available as a self-study class.

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Mixed-media painting and drawing, artist’s book, fun
This is a mixed-media-junkie’s dream project! Junk mail combined with gesso, watercolor, a little swirly technique here, some packing tape there, creates beautiful and complicated textures that you can use as backgrounds for any mixed media projects you currently have going.
In this class we’ll use our pages to create an irregularly shaped book. Then, we’ll DRAW! You will begin a drawing on one spread, with the goal of having each image connect to and work with the images from other spreads. The drawing exercises throughout the week will build up to you being able to see more creatively and embrace the “puzzle” nature of this beautiful artist’s book.
Take this class if you love textures, layers, and everything mixed media. This one is just FUN!

Here’s the scoop for this class:
• Be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (Update: If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day… but more if you want to settle into it!)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF worksheet, drawing assignment, demonstration videos and painting assignment. (Five days; five warm-up worksheets; five drawing assignments; nine videos; five painting assignments.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above, as well as special goodie bag materials and other surprises (including bug spray).
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• Prizes? Of course!!
• A perfect activity to do with your kids, either this week or over the holiday break.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Wednesday before your session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything.
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
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Thank you for your interest!
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Gelli Plate Plus

One-Week Mini Class • $25
Monotype Printmaking, Mixed Media
REPEAT SESSION: September 8-12, 2014

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Gelli Plate Plus – Monotype Printmaking Online Class from Silly U on Vimeo.
I love working with my Gelli Plate to create unique abstracted landscapes, the process of which I teach in the Introductory Class (details here). In “Gelli Plate Plus,” we’ll learn two new monotype printmaking techniques (painting on the plate and “carving” transparent layers).
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In addition, we’ll go through some old “almost-there” work one-by-one to determine exactly what they need to become a unique, finished piece of art. (Printmaking has a high “failure” rate, but there are lots of ways to save them!)
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We’ll add animals, people, and more with watercolor, gesso, pencil, marker, colored pencil, charcoal, and collage!
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Join Today! One-week, 3-video class begins September 8, 2014.

Class Outline
Monday (Video/Assignment)- Monotype Paintings
Wednesday (Video/Assignment) – Carving Transparent Images; Watercolor
Friday (Video/Assignment) – Mixed-Media Mania

Student Supply List:

  • a Gelli Plate (a product by Gelli Arts that looks and feels like gelatin), any size (I will be using an 8″x10″ size)
  • Two brayers (I like the 4″ size) (Can also just use one brayer, but I will demo with two)
  • Red, blue, yellow, black, white OPEN acrylic paint. (Alternatively, you can get a medium that extends the drying time of your regular acrylic paints)
  • Gel medium
  • small amount of white gesso (I prefer Golden)
  • small set of watercolors (cake or tube is fine)
  • a selection of paint brushes
  • Scissors, glue stick, collage
  • mechanical pencil, black ballpoint pen
  • small set of colored pencils
  • water soluble and/or permanent markers
  • Soft Vine Charcoal
  • spray fixative
  • small set of pastels (I like PanPastels)
  • Eight c. 7″x10″ sheets of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)
  • Leftover prints from previous classes
  • NOTE: Though it is recommended, you do not need to have taken “Gelli Plate Printmaking” to take this class. However you will need at least four started gelli prints to work into with mixed media, preferably on #140 pound watercolor paper (or similar).

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"Blobimal Artist Books" with Carla Sonheim

One-Week Intensive Class • $45
Drawing, painting, mixed-media, intensive

Now available as a self-study class.

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“Blobimal Artist Books” with Carla Sonheim from Silly U on Vimeo.
 
Go blob hunting with me right in your own studio!
In this class we will construct three small artist books, with “found” animals as our main subject matter.
The irregularly shaped pages of each of the three books will be constructed so that artwork from the subsequent and following pages will be peeking through… like a puzzle!
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In Book #1 Well start with layers of watercolor and then add layers of colored pencil, marker, ink, and more to create unique “blobimals” found only in your imagination:
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In Book #2 we’ll combine collage and drawing by collaging your “blob” shapes and then finishing your artist book with ink, white gesso, black paint, and a white paint pen (that’s it).
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In Book #3 we’ll combine collage, drawing, and words to create a story…
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One of my favorite “live” classes to teach, I’m excited to bring this class to you in online form.
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CLASS OUTLINE
Day 1: Watercolor Beginnings
Day 2: Bind Three Books
Day 3: Book #1: Blobimals Mixed-Media
Day 4: Book #2: Collage + Drawing
Day 5: Book #3: Story
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.
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carlabio3Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 57,000 copies!
Her two new books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books).
 
 

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Original video for the class:

 
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Year of the Fairy Tale – 4 payment plan

Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in signing up for “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale.” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $2 fee the day you sign up, and then the first installment of $49 should automatically happen the next day. Then, three more $49 payments will occur one month apart.
Thank you so much again!
Carla
  

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Fairy Tale Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you so much for your interest in “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale!”
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:
1. The class seems to have started already. Is it too late to sign up?
Of course you can still sign up! The registration for this class will remain open until November 30, 2014.
2. I haven’t drawn since third grade. Will this class be too advanced for me?
I started my drawing journey at age 30, and for that reason I try to create all of my drawing and painting lessons remembering the fragile mental state of mind that those of us coming late to drawing can have.
I believe drawing should first be an enjoyable experience (fun!). All of my drawing and painting exercises are meant to both be approachable for beginners as well as a challenge for more experienced artists to approach their work with an attitude of play and experimentation.
3. Can I download and keep the videos and class PDFs?
Yes. You are welcome to download all class materials and watch them at your own pace for as long as you like. Instructions for downloading videos will be provided at the class blog.
4. How long will I have access to the class materials?
The class content will be up available to you until January 20, 2015. (But remember, you can download the class materials for “forever” access.)
5. I’m super busy in 2014. How much time do you estimate this class will take?
This is a year-long class, but is meant to work into people’s busy schedules and is therefore not as intensive as some of my other, one-week workshops, for example.
I think the minimum amount of time per month would be 4-6 hours, and the maximum, up to 12-16 (or about 3-4 hours per week).
Each participant will have different schedules and time constraints all throughout the year, and I’ve tried to design the class so that it can be done in just a few hours, and you can learn some new techniques and do a piece or two, or you can spend much more time and illustrate 3-4 different parts of a fairy tale.
6. I will be on vacation and miss some of the lessons. Is this a problem?
No. The class is designed to run very organically to accommodate different schedules. For example, you will be able to upload your artwork for any of the lessons at any time, and you need not worry about slowing anyone down, as everyone will move through the class according to their own schedules.
7. Do I have to upload my work?
No. Uploading your work is completely optional, though I highly recommend it! The community of like-minded creatives from around the world is one of the funnest things about online classes (and you c0uldn’t find a more supportive group of people!).
8. Do I have to have a facebook account? 
While Facebook will probably be the main place participants upload work and interact, there will also be a flickr group set up for the same purpose. And, of course, uploading your work is completely optional, so you needn’t have flickr or facebook to enjoy the class.
9. Can I get private feedback on my illustrations?
Yes, just email your images to me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I will get back to you promptly, privately.
10. Can people continue to sign up throughout the year?
Yes. Registration for “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale” will close on November 30, 2014.
11. Can I get a refund after the course has started if I’m no longer interested in taking part?
No. Regretfully, refunds can be given before the course starts (January 20, 2014), but not when the course has already started.
12. Can I share the videos and PDFs with other people who are not in the class?
Class fees are good for people living in a single household; families are welcome to sign up as “one” and participate and upload work together. Beyond that, please do not share the course videos and PDFs with your friends or family members.
13. Do you offer a payment plan?

I’ve set up two payment options and hope one will work for you:

 

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Blog Buttons – Faces 101 + Gelli Plate Printmaking

Thank you so much for signing up for “Faces 101” and/or “Gelli Plate Printmaking.”
Here is a button to sew on your blogs… thank you so much for signing up!
 

FACES 101

Here is the Faces 101 button (150×216):
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File URL: https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/faces101blogbug.jpg
And the url to link it to: https://www.carlasonheim.com/faces-101-repeat-session-january-27-31-2014/
Or here is the code to copy and paste in your blog program:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/faces-101-repeat-session-january-27-31-2014/”><img alt=”faces101blogbug” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/faces101blogbug.jpg” width=”150″ height=”216″ /></a>
 

Gelli Plate Printmaking

Here is the Faces 101 button (150×208):
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File URL: https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/gelliblogbug.jpg
And the url to link it to: https://www.carlasonheim.com/gelli-plate-printmaking-repeat-session/
Or here is the code to copy and paste in your blog program:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/gelli-plate-printmaking-repeat-session/”><img alt=”gelliblogbug” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/gelliblogbug.jpg” width=”150″ height=”208″ /></a>
 
Thank you so much!
xoxo
Carla

 

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Year of the Fairy Tale – Scholarship

Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in signing up for “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale.”
I sincerely hope this scholarship/payment plan will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $1 fee the day you sign up, and then the first installment of $33 should automatically happen the next day. Then, two more payments of $33 will occur one month apart for a total of $100.
Thank you so much again!
Carla
 

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2014 Online Classes Calendar

Hello!
We are very excited to offer both NEW and REPEAT classes throughout 2014. Look for new classes from Carla Sonheim, Diane Culhane, Beckah Krahula, and more inspiring teachers in the months to come!
The schedule below will be updated every few weeks as class dates are solidified:
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JANUARY

New Class
Year-long class begins January 20
Year of the Fairy Tale with Carla – $198 – Registration OPEN
(The Registration for this class will remain open until 11/30/14)

2 Repeat Classes
Week of  January 27-31
Gelli Plate Printmaking” with Carla – $25 – Now available as a self-study class.
Faces 101” with Carla – $35  – Now available as a self-study class.
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FEBRUARY

New Class
Week of February 24-28
Gelli Plate Plus” with Carla – Registration open… latecomers welcome!
3 Repeat Classes
Two-week class, February 10-21:
One Zentangle a Day” with Beckah Krahula – $85 – Now available as a self-study class.
Week of February 17-21
Blobimal Artist Books” – $45  – Now available as a self-study class.
Between Speech & Silence” with Diane Culhane – $45 – Now available as a self-study class.

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MARCH

New Class
Two-week Class, March 17-28
“Finding Your Voice Through Abstraction” with Karine Swenson
2 Repeat Classes
Week of March 24-28
Watercolor Transfer Paintings” with Carla – $35 – Registration now open.
Junk Mail Artist Book” with Carla – $35 – Registration now open.
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APRIL

New Class
Two-week Class, April 14-25
Details Forthcoming (Encaustic!)
Repeat Class
April 7-27
Draw!” with Carla- $75
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Blobimal Artist Books

One-Week Intensive Class • $45
Drawing, painting, mixed-media, intensive

Next “Live” Session – February 17-21, 2014

dinobook
Go blob hunting with me right in your own studio!
In this class we will construct three small artist books, with “found” animals as our main subject matter.
The irregularly shaped pages of each of the three books will be constructed so that artwork from the subsequent and following pages will be peeking through… like a puzzle!
QY8058_094 copy
In Book #1 Well start with layers of watercolor and then add layers of colored pencil, marker, ink, and more to create unique “blobimals” found only in your imagination:
moosemouse

In Book #2 we’ll combine collage and drawing by collaging your “blob” shapes and then finishing your artist book with ink, white gesso, black paint, and a white paint pen (that’s it).
blobimalcollage
In Book #3 we’ll combine collage, drawing, and words to create a story…
carlablobimal
One of my favorite “live” classes to teach, I’m excited to bring this class to you in online form.
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CLASS OUTLINE
Day 1: Watercolor Beginnings
Day 2: Bind Three Books
Day 3: Book #1: Blobimals Mixed-Media
Day 4: Book #2: Collage + Drawing
Day 5: Book #3: Story
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.
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carlabio3Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 57,000 copies!
Her two new books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books).
 
 

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Faces 101

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Faces 101
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
One-Week Intensive Class • $35
Drawing, painting, mixed-media, intensive

Now available as a self-study class. 

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In this fast-paced class we will focus solely on drawing and painting the human face. We will work through dozens of different assignments that allow you to approach your subjects fast, slow, messily, neatly, realistically, abstractly — all to help ferret out your own unique and personal style.
We will draw from live models, from photos, and our imaginations. We’ll use ink, watercolor, pencil, ballpoint pen, charcoal, pastels and more. End goal: You don’t want to draw faces like me or anyone else — you want to draw like YOU!
After this week you will get closer to finding your unique style, promise! (P.S. The “101″ stands for the 101 faces you will create this week. Yes, it’s a lot. Yes, you will work hard. Yes, you can do it!)
Take this class if you want to try your hand at lots of different drawing styles and methods, love the human face, or want to start developing your own unique face “style.”

Here’s the scoop for this class:
• Think “camp” and be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (Update: If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day… but more if you want to settle into it!)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF worksheet, drawing assignment, demonstration video and paintingassignment. (Five camp days; five warm-up worksheets; five drawing assignments; five videos; five painting assignments.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above, as well as special goodie bag materials and other surprises (including bug spray).
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• A perfect activity to do with your kids.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. One week before your camp session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything. (That way, when the camp starts a week later, any mosquito bugs will be worked out!)
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? E-mail me! carla@carlasonheim.com

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Register today!

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See more online class options here.
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Paper Dolls Tutorial

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Here is a quick and fun way to make original paper dolls… a perfect thing to do with your kids or to nurture the kid inside you… because we’re never too old to play with paper dolls! Have fun!
Carla Sonheim
P.S. This tutorial was made in anticipation of my next online art class, “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale.”
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Supplies Needed
– a small watercolor set
– #12 round paintbrush (or similar)
– 8″x10″ sheet of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)
– a regular pencil
– an eraser (I like kneaded rubber erasers)
– scissors
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VIDEO TUTORIAL


Paper Dolls Art Tutorial from Silly U on Vimeo.
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STEP BY STEP

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1. Gather your supplies.
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2. Lightly sketch in an outline of your doll. Keep your hand loose, and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!).
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3. Using lots of water, mix up a color to use as the skin tones. Paint face, arms and feet. When face has had a chance to dry, get some red pigment on your brush and “dot” it into the watercolor quickly. The color should begin to spread out a bit for some nice rosy cheeks.
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4. Let dry completely.
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5. Paint in some hair; let dry completely.
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6. Cut out your paper doll, and…
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7. Play!
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© 2013 Carla Sonheim (www.carlasonheim.com)
Carla Bio:
Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and online art instructor known for using innovative techniques to help students of all levels embrace a playful approach to creating art. She is also the author of the “Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun.” Carla’s paintings have been showcased in many galleries nationwide, as well as private and corporate collections. For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists.
More Free Tutorials: https://www.carlasonheim.com/tutorials/
Next Online Art Class: 2014: Year of the Fairy Tale
Link to Carla’s Online Classes: https://www.carlasonheim.com/store/

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Year of the Fairy Tale – 2 payment plan

Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in signing up for “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale.” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $1 fee the day you sign up, and then the first installment of $99 should automatically happen the next day. Then, the final payment ($99.00 each) will occur one month later.
(Sorry about the extra $1, but that was the only way I could figure out how to spread out the payments properly!)
Thank you so much again!
Carla

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Blog Button for Year of the Fairy Tale

Thank you so much for signing up!
Here is a button to sew on your blog (150×257):
fairytaleblogbug
 
And the url to link it to:
https://www.carlasonheim.com/2014-year-of-the-fairy-tale-online-class/
Or here is the code:
<a href=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/2014-year-of-the-fairy-tale-online-class/”><img alt=”fairytaleblogbug” src=”https://www.carlasonheim.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/fairytaleblogbug.jpg” width=”150″ height=”257″ /></a>
 
(Hope it works!)
Thank you so much!
xoxo
Carla

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Year of the Fairy Tale – 3 Payment Plan

Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in signing up for “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale.” I sincerely hope this payment plan option will assist you.
When you register with this button, you will pay a $1 fee the day you sign up, and then the first installment of $66 should automatically happen the next day. Then, the final two payments ($66.00 each) should occur monthly.
Thank you so much again!

 

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2014: The Year of the Fairy Tale

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Welcome to my 2014 year-long online class:

Year of the Fairy Tale!


2014: Year of the Fairy Tale from Silly U on Vimeo.
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Class begins January 20, 2014. The class is now available as a self-study class.
“Grimm’s Fairy Tales” was my favorite childhood book, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to spend a whole year illustrating fairy tales!
If you don’t know me, my name is Carla Sonheim and I am an artist and author of several instructional drawing and mixed-media books. I’m known for my projects and techniques that help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating!
During this year-long online class, we will illustrate 8 fairy tales (the class will run in two, four-month “semesters,” with a 7-week break in between). Each month you will receive both a sketchbook assignment and a technique-based, mixed-media project via professionally produced videos.
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How will this work?
First, my goal for all my classes is that students create art that is true to their own style (as opposed to expecting art look like mine). The techniques taught are just starting points and you will incorporate them into your own existing style and what will come out will be fresh and new.
Also, I strive to make sure that every online lesson includes both techniques and the opportunity for personal growth and self expression. “Year of the Fairy Tale” will be an online community where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other. And of course, I am available to comment on all work uploaded throughout the year.
For each of the 8 working months you’ll receive:
• a PDF with that month’s Fairy Tale/Reading Assignment
• a Sketchbook Assignment (each month we’ll pick a focus: the figure, the face, animals, architecture, etc.)
• a Step-by-Step Mixed-Media Project (throughout the year we’ll work with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, graphite, collage….)
• Professionally Produced Instructional Video(s)
• Special Blog Posts exploring each fairy tale’s rich visual history, guest artists, and more
• Instructor Feedback on all uploaded or emailed work
Our virtual “classroom” includes a private blog and closed Facebook group.
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schedule
Each Reading & Sketchbook Assignment will be released 10 days before the Mixed-Media Assignment. Class begins January 20, 2014.
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New to online classes? Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” page, and here are some recent comments from students:
“In my opinion, you are a gifted instructor, who actually makes art fun, and I look forward to learning more from you.” — Jo
“Your style of teaching is warm, genuine and clear.” — Sheri
“Carla and her co-teachers inspire not just making art but also a sense of community among the students, of whom many have been making art for quite some time and others are new to it. This sense of community shows itself in the way everyone shares art — within a closed group on Facebook — and comments in a wonderful, supportive way.” — Corinne
AND specifically about the this class:
“I’m really having a blast in this class. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s frustrating, it’s very satisfying… learning so much and loving seeing all of the amazing work being posted and loving learning these new techniques. Thanks, Carla!” — Helen


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I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in fairy tales this year, and hope you will join me!
• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in (new artists will have the option of also joining a separate facebook group especially for beginners!)
• Registration fee is good for people living in a single household (a great class to do with your kiddos!)
• If you have any questions at all, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.
• BONUS! The first 50 people to sign up will receive a set of 8 digital fairy-tale-inspired greeting cards (PDF) suitable for printing and sending.
• If you’d like a feel for the supplies you will need for this class, click here.
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SIGN UP TODAY!


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GIVE A GIFT
Do you know someone who would like this class? Gift a class, and I’ll send you a downloadable gift card to give to the recipient.

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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email immediately. I will log you in to the class with your Paypal email address unless you indicate otherwise.

Thank you again and I hope you can join in!
Carla Sonheim

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Flower Crazy with Carla Sonheim

Five-week workshop: Drawing, Painting and more!
15 Videos – 15 Assignments
$100. Available NOW as a self-study class. 

• Watercolors • Mixed Media Paintings • Collage • Board Books • and More! 

5-Week Painting Class
with Carla Sonheim

 

Hi, I’m Carla Sonheim. It’s cold and rainy in my neck of the woods, but NOT here inside my studio!

If you want to take the cold weather into your own hands with gesso, watercolor, and a healthy dose of flower fun, join me for an extended five-week long play time.

Over the past 15 years I’ve developed my own unique way of working with watercolors alone and combining them with gesso and other media that result in luminous, rich painted surfaces.

These techniques can be taken to paper, wood, and canvas, and we’ll work with all three surfaces during the course (plus a few other surprises!).

Some of the things we’ll play with:

watercolors
white gesso
pencil
permanent markers
watersoluable markers
colored pencils
white ink
cardboard
wood

This painting class (which will also include both drawing and collage assignments) builds week-by-week, so that by the end you can take your new-found tips, tricks, and flower love to your journals, paintings, altered books, and even your furniture, if you like!

I have been somewhat of an online class junkie 😀 in the past year and must say [Flower Crazy] is the best one I’ve ever done!” — Anne

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With your sign-up you will receive:

• 15 professionally produced instructional HD Videos

• Weekly step-by-step photo tutorials at the blog

• Daily inspirational posts (M-F)

• Daily drawing assignments (optional)

• Dedicated flickr site where you’ll receive encouragement and feedback
from me and your fellow travelers

• Password-protected blog,which will serve as our meeting place (when not over at flickr)

• Unlimited access to the class material (That’s right! Once you’ve paid,
the class will be up and available for you to access “forever.”)

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• Your itinerary:

Week One: Watercolor Crazy
markers and pencils
watercolors made easy
layering, dry brush, and experimental mark-making
flower vocabulary

Week Two: Gesso Crazy
gesso on watercolor
watercolor on gesso
texturing 101
rub and buff

Week Three: Wood Crazy
preparing the wood
white out
gesso on wet watercolor
layers and layers

Week Four: Collage Crazy
making your own fodder
collage first
collage last
troubleshooting

Week Five: Flower Crazy Board Books (and other fun stuff)
preparing the books
going nutty
installation idea
fabric tips
and more!

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Register today!

 

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Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions! Please email me at carla@carlasonheim.com and I’ll get right back to you!

Supplies?
Click here for your full supply list.

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Gelli Plate Printmaking – Introductory Class

This class is now available as a self-study class.
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This class is now available as a self-study class.
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The monotype printing process is something that got me really excited about art over 20 years ago. You never know what you’re going to get, and I love the myriad of textures and patterns!
The new, inexpensive product called “Gelli Plate” allows you to create beautiful monotypes without a press, using materials anyone has in their studio.
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When I posted these online recently, artist Christine Phelps asked: “These really take the Gelli Plate from a crafting to fine art level! Do you have a class brewing?”
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Yes! “Gelli Plate Printmaking” is a quick, technique-based, $25 class and includes three professionally produced videos demonstrating how to achieve beautiful results with minimal supplies.
What you need is:
— a Gelli Plate (a product by Gelli Arts that looks and feels like gelatin)
— a brayer
— acrylic paint
— scissors
— paper
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One student wrote:

“Wow!! I’ve done monotype printing before and even played a bit on the gelli plate, but this was game changing!”

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Warning: Gel printing is addictive!
(Note: All my classes have indefinite access, the videos and class materials will be up and available to you “forever.”)
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Blog Buttons for Summer Art Camp 2013

Thank you again so much for signing up for 2013 Summer Art Camp!
If you would like to put these Blog Buttons on your blogs and websites, please link them back to the Summer Camp Main page:
https://www.carlasonheim.com/2013-summer-camp/
Then, send me an email and I will enter you in the blobimal original drawing giveaway (and thank you SO MUCH for helping spread the word about these online classes!)
Here’s a general one:
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And here are some more specific ones:
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Box Journaling


“Box Journaling”
with Carla Sonheim

One-Week Intensive Workshop: Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media, Story
5 Videos
$35. Available NOW as a self-study class.
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“Journaling” is defined as expressing your thoughts and feelings, usually in written form. “Art Journaling” continues your story with visual art including collage, drawing, painting, and mixed media.
“Box Journaling” will take it one step further, by adding a 3D elements to your journals. This is where SCRAPBOOKING-meets-COLLECTING-meets-ART JOURNALING-meets-THRIFT STORE SHOPPING-meets-MIXED MEDIA.
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A box journal could represent an object, a character, a memory, a moment in time, a special trip… just about anything.
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It could be personal, fictional, or just plain silly.
During the class we will be collecting, arranging, constructing, painting, collaging, designing, sculpting, and writing.
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“Wretched Girl” is an example of a semi-autobiographical box journal about high school, friends, enemies, and hormones.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.

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carlabio3Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 57,000 copies!
Her two new books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books).
 

SIGN UP TODAY!

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"Riding Bareback: Digital Photography"


One-Week Intensive Workshop with Steve Sonheim: Digital Photography
5 Videos – 5 Assignments
$45. Available NOW as a self-study class.
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This workshop is designed to turn your digital camera into a natural, comfortable tool in your hands, and give you the confidence to step away from “Auto.”
In this “technical” class we will demystify the principles of exposure, ISO, aperture, shutterspeed and focal length to clear a path for more artistic photographic expression.
Who should take this class? Anyone from beginnner to intermediate with a digital camera (rangefinder or DSLR). This is a good starting point for anyone who wants to go beyond snapshots.
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CLASS OUTLINE

Day 1: Exposure
Defining what “correct exposure” is, what your camera is doing behind the scenes and how you can take control.
Day 2: Aperture and Focus
Understanding the  importance of depth of field and how to control it.
Day 3: Shutter Speed and Motion Blur
Exploring the possibilities of exposure and blur with long and short shutterspeeds
Day 4: ISO and Low-Light Photography
How to balance quality and light sensitivty to get the best possible shots.
Day 5: Focal Length and Lens Choice
How distance and lens zoom affect the look and feel of your images.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.
stevebioSteve Sonheim is the author of the forthcoming book, “Creative Photography Lab: 52 Fun Exercicses for Developing Self-Expression with Your Camera” (Quarry Books, due August 1st). He has been a commercial photographer for twenty years. He has a BS from Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, and believes photography should be more of an expressive act than a technical act. He tries to incorporate that philosophy into his work, which these days includes hotels and luxury resorts, people, and food.
 
 

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SIGN UP TODAY!

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Blobimal Artist Books

One-Week Intensive Class • $45
Drawing, painting, mixed-media, intensive

Next “Live” Session – February 17-21, 2014

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Go blob hunting with me right in your own studio!
In this class we will construct three small artist books, with “found” animals as our main subject matter.
The irregularly shaped pages of each of the three books will be constructed so that artwork from the subsequent and following pages will be peeking through… like a puzzle!
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In Book #1 Well start with layers of watercolor and then add layers of colored pencil, marker, ink, and more to create unique “blobimals” found only in your imagination:
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In Book #2 we’ll combine collage and drawing by collaging your “blob” shapes and then finishing your artist book with ink, white gesso, black paint, and a white paint pen (that’s it).
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In Book #3 we’ll combine collage, drawing, and words to create a story…
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One of my favorite “live” classes to teach, I’m excited to bring this class to you in online form.

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CLASS OUTLINE

Day 1: Watercolor Beginnings
Day 2: Bind Three Books
Day 3: Book #1: Blobimals Mixed-Media
Day 4: Book #2: Collage + Drawing
Day 5: Book #3: Story

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.

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carlabio3Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 57,000 copies!
Her two new books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books).
 
 

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SIGN UP TODAY!


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Gelli Plate Printmaking

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Note: Even though the “live” class is over, it’s never too late to sign up and work at your own pace!

The monotype printing process is something that got me really excited about art over 20 years ago. You never know what you’re going to get, and I love the myriad of textures and patterns!

The new, inexpensive product called “Gelli Plate” allows you to create beautiful monotypes without a press, using materials anyone has in their studio.
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When I posted these online recently, artist Christine Phelps asked: “These really take the Gelli Plate from a crafting to fine art level! Do you have a class brewing?”
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Yes! “Gelli Plate Printmaking” is a quick, technique-based, $25 class and includes three professionally produced videos demonstrating how to achieve beautiful results with minimal supplies.
What you need is:
— a Gelli Plate (a product by Gelli Arts that looks and feels like gelatin)
— a brayer
— acrylic paint
— scissors
— paper
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One student wrote:

“Wow!! I’ve done monotype printing before and even played a bit on the gelli plate, but this was game changing!”

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Warning: Gel printing is addictive!
(Note: All my classes have indefinite access, the videos and class materials will be up and available to you “forever.”)
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The Art of Silliness 4 – Worksheet PDFs

Hi!
Below are links to PDFs of the drawing worksheets for The Art of Silliness 4. Click on a link, and it should take between 20-30 seconds to appear in your browser window. Then, print, and complete!
Let me know if you have any questions.
Carla
Note: There are “large” and “small” versions. Those of you with slower internet connections might have more luck with the small ones!
 
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Journal and Purse PDF files

May 1, 2013
Hi Journal and Purse People!
Here is another PDF with four images that you can print onto transfer paper (or directly onto fabric if you wish).
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See you in a few days!
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April 2013
Thank you again for being here!
Here are the files that you can print onto t-shirt transfer paper (or directly onto fabric) to use in your journals and purses. Before class begins May 13, I will upload a few more designs, so check back!
Carla
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Directions: When you click on the above link, it will take about 20-30 seconds to load in your browser window. Once it appears, print onto t-shirt transfer paper or fabric sheets.
 
 

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Ragamuffin Scrap Animals

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This class is now available as a self-study class. Sign up anytime and work at your own pace.

I LOVE to sew! But I hate pins, and over the years (bit by bit) I’ve said “goodbye” to pins and even patterns, preferring to “eyeball” things, both when sewing by hand and using the machine.
Rules for Rags-to-Stitches
1. Use recycled or reused fabrics whenever possible
(yard-sale clothes, thrift-store sheets, sale socks…)
2. Use whatever color thread is in the machine.
3. Embrace imperfections in sewing and execution.
4. Don’t plan things out. Let your intuition tell you which
fabric/colors/ribbon to put down next.
5. It’s square enough.
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RAGAMUFFIN SCRAP ANIMALS

$35
• One-week class
• Five instructional videos
• Indefinite Class Access
• Instructor feedback
In this class you’ll make an owl, a pony, and an elephant. Note: You do not need a sewing machine to take this class, but there are a few times I do use the machine in the videos (but can be substituted with hand sewing).
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I love making these animals, which take between 45 minutes and 2 hours to make, depending on the complexity. I anticipate the class will keep you busy for about an hour each day.
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The Art of Silliness 5 – Worksheet PDFs

Hi!
Below are links to PDFs of the drawing worksheets for The Art of Silliness 5. Click on a link, and it should take between 20-30 seconds to appear in your browser window. Then, print, and complete!
Let me know if you have any questions.
Carla
Note: There are “large” and “small” versions. Those of you with slower internet connections might have more luck with the small ones!
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Give a gift of classes, books, cards, or prints!


 
Thank you for visiting!
Gift Packages include a print, a gift card, and the book or online class of your choice mailed directly to your recipient. Prices below include Priority Mail shipping in the U.S. only. (International customers: please email me for postage estimates.) Order by Friday, December 14th for delivery by the 24th.


 

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BOOKS


1. The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone + PRINT (Includes shipping.)


2. Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

3. Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

 

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ONLINE CLASSES


1. 2013: Year of the Giraffe Online Class (begins Jan. 1, 2013) + PRINT & CARD (Includes shipping.)

2. Draw! 21 Days Towards Freeing Your Creative Self Online Class (begins Jan. 10, 2013) + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

3. Imaginary Creatures Online Repeat Class (begins Feb. 11, 2013) + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

3. Faces 101 Online Repeat Class (begins Feb. 25, 2013) + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

3. Flower Crazy Online Repeat Class (begins March 4, 2013) + PRINT (Includes shipping.)

 

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CARDS


1. Set of six (6) Rudolph Cards, 4″ x 5.5″ with white envelopes. (Includes shipping.)

Note: If you would like to order more than one set of cards, I will refund the $5 postage fee for each additional order.

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PRINTS


1. 8″x10″ signed print.  (Includes shipping.)

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Thank you again for visiting, and email me with any questions: carla[at]carlasonheim.com

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Happy Holidays!


 
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Click the above link to access the PDF of the above page of tags. It should take about 20 seconds to appear on your screen, then print! You can print as many times as you like for personal use.
Thank you for your encouragement and support this year!
Carla Sonheim

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Draw!

21 Days • 21 Demonstration Videos • 21 Assignments

Next “live” session begins April 14, 2014.

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Whether you draw realistically, stylistically, or hardly at all, this 21-day workshop will give you the motivation, direction, and inspiration to get your pencil moving.

 
Drawing is fundamentally a language of creativity that we speak naturally as children, and often lose touch with as adults. I believe that anyone can benefit from drawing and that simply making marks on paper is in itself freeing and invigorating.

Making that first mark can be the hardest part, so we will start with exercises to help you shed your inhibitions, loosen your hand and eyes, and simply have fun filling the blank page.
From there we will progress to drawing from life, from photos, and imagination using a variety of techniques and materials. Each assignment is designed to help you free your individual creative self through the act of drawing.
Each day of the class you will receive:
• A detailed assignment via the “Draw!” blog.
• An email with the drawing inspiration of the day.
• A short video demonstrating the techniques used in the assignment.
• A Flickr group to share your work with like-minded individuals from all over the world!
• Instructor feedback.

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“Carla helps her students release their inner critic, and what emerges is a whimsy and freedom
that makes for truly original artwork. Each of us discover in her classes that we really are artists,
and that our visual style is uniquely our own.” — Adrienne

 
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Photo Silly 1 – Worksheets

Photo Silly 1 PDF Worksheets
Note: We have uploaded both “large” and “small” files, so that those with slower internet connections can still easily view the material. Once you click on a link, it should take between 10-30 seconds to load onto your screen.
 
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The Art of Silliness Book

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The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone

Published November 2012
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From the back cover:
A popular teacher and illustrator shares quirky, lively, interactive exercises to awaken the creative spirit in anyone.
Carla Sonheim is an illustrator and creativity workshop instructor who’s beloved for her innovative projects and techniques designed to help anyone discover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. The goal: to get participants simply to play, for as little as ten minutes a day, with pen and paper, thoughts and images. It’s amazing to discover how a shot of silliness—creating like a kid does for just ten minutes—can positively inspire your outlook, your “real work,” and more.
Fully interactive and illustrated with Carla’s charming drawings throughout, The Art of Silliness will delight the child in everyone.
PRESS:
• 10/20/12: Interviewed for an article for www.psychcentral.com: “Four Silly Sketching Exercises to Spark Your Creativity.”
• 10/29/12: Interviewed on KUOW Seattle Public Radio “Weekday” Show. Listen here.
• 10/30/12: Interviewed for The Chicago Tribune.

To purchase a signed copy directly from Carla:
$16.00; includes free shipping in U.S.

To Purchase online:
from amazon.com
from Barnes & Noble
from Independent Bookstores
Also available in Kindle and Nook formats.

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Photo Silly Light – Worksheets

Photo Silly “Light” with Steve Sonheim
Original Class Dates: January 9 – 15, 2012
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A Quick Portfolio

Here are samples of some of my drawings and paintings. I mainly work in watercolor, but often add pencil, charcoal, pastel, collage, and more. I tend to stick to people and animals and, more recently, flowers. This is just a start. I tend to work quickly and small, so the amount of pieces I have amassed in the past ten years is kind of large.
Email me (carla[at]carlasonheim.com) if you would like to see more!

Animals:

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People:

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Flowers:

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The Art of Silliness 3 – Worksheet pdfs

Click on the links below and a pdf of each day’s worksheet should load in about 5-10 seconds onto your screen. Once loaded, print!
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Watercolor Transfer Paintings

One-Week Intensive Class • $35
Painting, Mixed Media
CLASS DATES: March 24-28, 2014

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In this class we’ll experiment with this easy and quick technique that creates some of the loveliest watercolor textures I’ve seen… if you love the intricate patterns found in a single rock, for example, you will love this class.
Using only t-shirt transfer paper and watercolors, we’ll first just play with brush techniques, working in layers and experimenting with fabric. (Watercolor on fabric? Yes!!) Later in the week we will add other media to the mix: charcoal, ballpoint pen, and pastel to add even more texture and depth to these unique paintings.

And use cut and torn bits and pieces of the painted transfers to create fun and unique pieces of art:

We’ll also work with “plates” to create multi-layered paintings:

Here’s the scoop for one-week camp sessions:
• Think “camp” and be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day.)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF drawing worksheet, daily assignment and demonstration video. (Five camp days; five warm-up worksheets; assignments; five videos.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above.
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• A perfect activity to do with your kids.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. The week before your camp session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything. (That way, when the camp starts, any mosquito bugs will be worked out!)
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
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Supply List: 
– Several watercolor brushes – brushes that you have on hand, medium to large, round or flat
– Small set of watercolors (cake or tube is fine)
– One 30” x 40” sheet of hot press, 140# watercolor paper, torn down to eight 7.5” x 10” pieces; save remaining paper for extra paintings.
– One package (6 or 12 sheets) of regular t-shirt transfer paper for white fabric (recommended: Avery T-Shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers)
– white paper for drawing exercises (can be regular computer paper)
– ballpoint pen
– small set of water soluble markers (can be cheap)
– parchment or tissue paper (to protect your iron)
– iron
Optional items (I will demo these things but are not necessary to participate in the class):
– white cotton fabric or t-shirt
– soft vine charcoal
– chalk pastels
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Cereal Box Paper Dolls

One-Week Intensive Class • $35

Now available as a self-study class. Sign up anytime and work at your own pace!

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Drawing, mixed media, silliness
Available now as a Self-Study Class. 

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Here is the key to your earthly pursuits.” — Carl Jung

It’s fun to play with paper dolls! In this class you will create set of stand-up paper dolls and a unique, interactive artist book using cereal boxes as your substrate. Your paper dolls will fit into the pockets of the folded book structure, which becomes the backdrop for your characters when folded out. Fun! You will create your characters based on a fairy tale, a fable, your family, or your imagination. (Can’t draw? No problem! We’ll spend the first day doing fun drawing exercises to build your confidence and get your ideas flowing.)

We’ll also explore other ways to house your dolls, including altering an old book:
And on the last day you will receive tips and tricks for photographing your 3D project by Guest Teacher Steve Sonheim.

Here’s the scoop for one-week camp sessions: • Think “camp” and be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (Update: If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day.)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF drawing worksheet, daily assignment and demonstration video. (Five camp days; five warm-up worksheets; assignments; five videos.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above.
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• A perfect activity to do with your kids.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. The week before your camp session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything. (That way, when the camp starts, any mosquito bugs will be worked out!)
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos. • Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla[at]carlasonheim.com
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Supply List:  – 3 medium-sized cardboard cereal boxes (you can flatten, but don’t cut down yet) – mechanical pencil – pink or red water soluble marker – white paper for drawing exercises (can be regular computer paper) – a #12 round watercolor brush (or similar) – a ½” flat brush (or similar) – brayer (to lay down gesso) – small white cotton rag – white gesso – small watercolor set (cake or tube is fine) – fine line white gel pen or paint pen – scissors – gel medium (to use as glue) – ribbon or string (to tie book closed) – spray fixative Optional items (I will demo these things but are not necessary to participate in the class): – small set of water soluable crayons – heat gun – white FW acrylic ink – a couple of Copic markers (or any alcohol-based marker) – an old book to alter

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Faces 101

One-Week Intensive Class • $35
Drawing, painting, mixed-media, intensive

Available as a self-study class.

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In this fast-paced class we will focus solely on drawing and painting the human face. We will work through dozens of different assignments that allow you to approach your subjects fast, slow, messily, neatly, realistically, abstractly — all to help ferret out your own unique and personal style.
We will draw from live models, from photos, and our imaginations. We’ll use ink, watercolor, pencil, ballpoint pen, charcoal, pastels and more. End goal: You don’t want to draw faces like me or anyone else — you want to draw like YOU!
After this week you will get closer to finding your unique style, promise! (P.S. The “101″ stands for the 101 faces you will create this week. Yes, it’s a lot. Yes, you will work hard. Yes, you can do it!)
Take this class if you want to try your hand at lots of different drawing styles and methods, love the human face, or want to start developing your own unique face “style.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here’s the scoop for this class:
• Think “camp” and be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (Update: If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day… but more if you want to settle into it!)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF worksheet, drawing assignment, demonstration video and paintingassignment. (Five camp days; five warm-up worksheets; five drawing assignments; five videos; five painting assignments.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above, as well as special goodie bag materials and other surprises (including bug spray).
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• A perfect activity to do with your kids.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. One week before your camp session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything. (That way, when the camp starts a week later, any mosquito bugs will be worked out!)
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? E-mail me! carla@carlasonheim.com

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Junk Mail Artist's Book

One-Week Intensive Class • $35
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
Repeat Session: March 24-28, 2014

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Mixed-media painting and drawing, artist’s book, fun
This is a mixed-media-junkie’s dream project! Junk mail combined with gesso, watercolor, a little swirly technique here, some packing tape there, creates beautiful and complicated textures that you can use as backgrounds for any mixed media projects you currently have going.
In this class we’ll use our pages to create an irregularly shaped book. Then, we’ll DRAW! You will begin a drawing on one spread, with the goal of having each image connect to and work with the images from other spreads. The drawing exercises throughout the week will build up to you being able to see more creatively and embrace the “puzzle” nature of this beautiful artist’s book.
Take this class if you love textures, layers, and everything mixed media. This one is just FUN!

Here’s the scoop for this class:
• Be ready for a week jam-packed with creativity! (Update: If you do all the assignments each day, I estimate it will take about 1 – 1.5 hours each day… but more if you want to settle into it!)
• Each day you’ll wake up to a morning peptalk email with links to your daily schedule, warm-up PDF worksheet, drawing assignment, demonstration videos and painting assignment. (Five days; five warm-up worksheets; five drawing assignments; nine videos; five painting assignments.)
• A password-protected blog dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and will be our meeting place for all of the above, as well as special goodie bag materials and other surprises (including bug spray).
• A flickr group will be created for each session so you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, I am always available to look at your work via email.)
• Prizes? Of course!!
• A perfect activity to do with your kids, either this week or over the holiday break.
• The class materials will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
• Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Wednesday before your session begins, you will receive a “test” email to make sure you can receive/view everything.
• What you will need: You will be able to read acrobat pdf files and view videos.
• Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
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Easy Tombow Rabbits

Easy Tombow Rabbits


Hello!
This activity should take only about 10-15 minutes, depending on how many rabbits you draw. The supplies you will need are:

  • Black Tombow(TM) Pen (#N15)
  • About 8 – 5″x7″ pieces of watercolor paper (hot or cold press)
  • #12 round watercolor brush
  • Optional: black Micron pen, size 01

(Note: If you do not have these items on hand, don’t worry! Use any watersoluable marker, any paper, and any brush, and do your best. If you like the process, THEN go out and purchase the nicer stuff!)
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BUNNY POWER: Easy Tombow Rabbits

STEP 1
This is a V.I.S. — Very Important Step. Take about two minutes and go to the following link, and just LOOK. You don’t need to draw anything, but just look at photos of rabbits for about two minutes. Googly Rabbits.

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STEP 2
Now take your Tombow marker and draw a simple outline of a rabbit. You can draw from your imagination or from a reference (your choice). Keep it simple!

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STEP 3
Dip your watercolor brush in clean water, and tap off a little of the excess, either on a paper towel or the side of the water container. (You want your brush “loaded”, but not “too loaded.” You will probably need to experiment with a few rabbits before you get the hang of it.) Start painting on the line, being careful to leave the outside edge of the line intact:

A quick demo of the whole painting process:

Tips while painting:

  • you will probably need to re-wet your brush several times.
  • work fairly quickly so that the water doesn’t have time to dry before you get the whole inside of the bunny painted.
  • even though it is a “black” marker, when wetted down the colors will separate into pinks, light blues, etc.
  • Leave some white spaces.
  • Take extra care around the eyes (see Step 3b)
  • If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just stop, let dry, and go to Step 5.

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STEP 3b
Here is a slower demonstration of the painting process. Take care around the eyes, as shown.

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STEP 4
Let dry completely. In some cases, this is the last step… your bunny is done, and doesn’t need anything else!

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STEP 5
Sometimes, though, you may need to go back in to your drawing, either with your Tombo marker or other fine-tipped black marker, and re-draw any lines that may have been obscured by the painting step:

You can even add other details:

Done!
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Photo Silly Classes

5 Digital Photography Classes with Steve Sonheim • $35-45
Available now as Self-Study Classes. 

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In 2011 and 2012, Steve Sonheim held five popular online classes, which you can access now as self-study classes:
Photo Silly 1
Photo Silly 2
Shoot Your Art
Photo Silly Light
Photo Silly Advanced

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PHOTO SILLY!

1.  Fun and Silly Assignments. A daily assignment to get you out shooting and thinking like a photographer.
2. Your Camera.  Nuts and bolts talk to help you get more comfortable with — and get more out of — your digital camera.
3. Photo Fundamentals. What it comes down to: Light and Composition.

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Here’s the scoop:
• Every day for the length of the session, you will receive a link to a new PDF worksheet that will look kind of like this (click to enlarge):

• You will receive an daily e-mail from Steve where he will further explain concepts that might not fit on a worksheet (including answers to questions from you!).
• Your daily assignment will have you photographing people, places and things… the whole nine yards and then some.
• A “Photo Silly″ flickr site will be created so you can (optionally) share your photographs and get feedback from your fellow students, as well as enjoy and learn from others in the class.  (However, if you are shy about posting your photos, Steve will be available to you to look at your work via email.)
• Steve will be available the entire two weeks by email to answer ANY questions you have. (All Q&As will then be posted on the class blog so everyone can benefit!)
• Steve is an experienced photographer and teacher, and aims to help his students begin to develop their own unique photography “voice.”  He writes, “This class is about looking at the world a little differently through your digital camera, and bringing more photography into your art, and more art into your photography.”
• Requirements: Any digital camera that you can download images to a computer and a basic photo-editing program. (Steve suggests either a trial [free] version of Photoshop Elements or Picasa by Google, also free. These are both easy to use and he will be giving instructions for both as we go along.)
• This class for anyone with a digital camera, a computer, and a willingness to take some chances.
 
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This class was outstanding! Thank you so much for your time, energy, organization, and for offering this wonderful class from a great perspective. I have some obsessive-compulsive nature when I am challenged — and the Photo Silly direction took me away from some of this behavior — I stretched my abilities — and really got out there and had some fun! I loved this class, the assignments, and they took be far beyond my expectations! THANK YOU THANK YOU!      — Mary Ann
Gotta say this class was way more than I expected. Great class, big thank you’s to you and Steve. I really learned a lot about my camera(s) and gained a lot of confidence – knowing I can capture what I see in my little frame. Looking forward to the class on Photographing Your Artwork – that sounds perfect – and PhotoSillyShop and any more silliness you are dreaming up.    — Diane
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Photo Silly 1 with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 14 Worksheets 

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Photo Silly 2 with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 14 Worksheets 

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Shoot Your Art with Steve Sonheim
One-week class,  3 assignments, demonstration video

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Photo Silly Light with Steve Sonheim
One-week class, 7 Worksheets 

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Photo Silly Advanced with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 10 Worksheets 

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About Steve
Steve has been a professional for 20 years and has a BA in Applied Commercial Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He currently specializes in hotel and resort photography. He has taught photography classes at Wheaton College, and has had gallery shows with his abstract imagery.





 
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The Art of Silliness

Drawing Worksheets for Adults • $25 each session

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Each class is the same, but different! In other words, the same basic concepts are covered
in each session, but each class is comprised of completely different worksheets. See below for class description.





The Art of Silliness
(A Creative Workshop For Everyone!)

• Each day there is a new pdf worksheet, which you can download, print, and complete!

• Worksheets may include one (or more) of the following: drawing exercises (can’t draw? YES YOU CAN!), writing prompts, vocabulary words, drawing games, puzzles… (just to name a few). FUN!

• Here is a SAMPLE of a worksheet:

(Non-threatening and easy!)

• Our goal: to get you to just PLAY, just 10 minutes a day, with pen and paper, thoughts and images. (You will be surprised how a shot of silliness like this will positively inform the other goings-on in your day, including your regular artwork.)

• Most handouts will have an “Extra Credit” section, in case you want to spend MORE than 10 minutes that day creating like a kid.

• Speaking of kids… this is a perfect class to do together with your children!! Each household can download as many sheets as they like.

• TEACHERS!!!! If you do this online class, you are welcome to photocopy the worksheets for use in your classrooms.

• A blog dedicated to the class has been created and is the place for you to post comments, questions, and/or links to your finished Activity Pages.

• A class flickr site where you can (optionally) share your worksheets, drawings, artwork, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others.

• The class material will be up and available for download until “forever,” if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).

• Here’s what people have said about the Silly Series:

“I want to say that your online Art of Silliness drawing workshop caused something
of a paradigm shift in my perspective on drawing, more specifically, my ability to draw. I draw all the time now.
No big deal, no worries, no “I’m not having fun this is too ugly”, none of that.
I am now and forever more a person who draws. Because of you.” — Jennifer W.

“The Best X 3: Best drawing class I’ve taken on-line or off-line.
Best teacher who made drawing fun. Best time spent that brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. — Judith W.

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