2020 Words & Pictures

Self-Paced Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community, 22 Video Lessons & More!

22 Lessons – $168.3 $198

This class is a fun exploration of how words play a part in our artwork. They can inspire, inform and even become art themselves. We will be hitting all aspects including illustration, comics, lettering and writing, and will have 15 guest artists working with Carla through the year.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim + Guests

Class Description

Self-Paced, Instant Access

Hi! My name is Carla Sonheim and it is my pleasure to offer each calendar year a different-themed year-long class. I am very excited to present our 2020 class, “Words and Pictures.”

There are many ways that words interact with our artwork: They can inspire each other, work in tandem with each other, enhance the other, and can be graphically incorporated into our work!

This year we are going to explore these things by making art and learning from 15 writers, illustrators and graphic novelists. But don’t worry, this is still a fun mixed-media class and I will be teaching 8 lessons throughout the year. Together we will be hitting all aspects of words & pictures including hand lettering, art journaling, sketchbooks, comics, ‘zines, illustration, paintings that incorporate words, artist books and more.

We are lucky to be able to work with some amazing illustrators including Martha Rich, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Sarajo Frieden, Kara Kramer, Andrea D’Aquino, and Cat Bennett. From these artists we will work on messy journals, facing the blank page, illustrating a recipe, idea generating exercises, mixed-media techniques and more!

We will also learn from comic artists Greg Stump, David Lasky, Austin English, Brandon Vosika, and Ozge Samanci. We will work on creating single panel comics, 4- and 6-panel comics, gag cartoons, creating ‘zines, an introduction to graphic novels and more!

In addition, we will write! We’ll learn from writers Beth Kephart, Allan Hunter and Jason Poole — even have a quick book-binding lesson with Bari Zaki!

Here is a LINK and a PDF with all of the Guest Artist Bios and samples of their work: wpaboutteacherspdf

If you love words, love art, and would like to spend a year writing and making cool stuff with a bunch of great people from all over the world, please join us!



Some Word/Picture artwork done recently:

A sneak peek of more art!

Here is a PDF with all of the Guest Artist Bios and samples of their work!

Like all of our classes, the learning always goes in both directions, and the community and things we learn from everyone out there are what make the whole experience special. We hope you can join us!


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.

Carla is the author of three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim. They live in Seattle, WA.

Guest Teachers!

We have 15 Guest Artists this year! They are (in order of appearance) Martha Rich, Andrea D’Aquino, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Cat Bennett, Bari Zaki, Beth Kephart, Jason Poole, Kara Kramer, Sarajo Frieden, Ozge Samanci, Brandon Vosika, Austin English, Allan Hunter, Greg Stump and David Lasky.

HERE is a PDF with their bios and sample artwork.

HERE is an amazon page with some of their books in one place.


Please note! The supplies listed below are the basic supplies you will need for this class. Some teachers will work with specific brands, etc., In most cases supplies can be substituted with materials you might already have on hand!

– Several sketchbooks of various sizes to work in throughout the year. 

– Watercolor paper 

– a selection of pencils and pens; various markers, paint pens, pastels — what you have is fine!

– nib pen and ink

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

– watercolors

– acrylics

– brushes

– matte medium

– glue stick

– scissors and exacto knife

– collage ephemera

– alphabet letters… craft and office supply stickers, rubber stamps, stencils… whatever you can find! (Don’t spend a lot of money, though. Thrift stores, Dollar Store, etc.)

– access to printer or copier

– This class is now available as a self-study class.

– Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.

– A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.

– You will have indefinite access to this class.

“Wonderful set of talented instructors.” — Christine W.
“The best gift I gave myself this crazy year! The lessons really pushed me to grow as an artist. ” — Emily G.
“Your workshops are really first rate! ” — Lois D.