2021: Carla’s Yearlong Class

 Lifetime Access, Online Community, 24 Video Lessons & More!

24 Lessons – $168.3 $198

We are so grateful to be able to continue the tradition of yearlong classes! 2021 will be about Mixed Media, Sharing, Working Together and Finding Inspiration and Hope in our creative lives. I want this to be an abundant year for all of us.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description



This is our 9th yearlong class! Over the past eight years we’ve drawn and painted giraffes, illustrated fairy tales, looked for the “spark” with Lynn Whipple, worked from daily prompts, collaged with Lynn and Anne Marie Grgich, worked on a series in “Y is for Yellow” and, most recently, combined words and pictures!

This year’s class has three main parts.

The first will be a monthly Mixed-Media Lesson via recorded video from my studio. To me, mixed media is mostly about experimenting! And not just experimenting with materials (which we WILL do!), but also with concepts, styles and ways of expressing ourselves. The goal for each assignment is that it will be fun to do and also maybe give you some new tools and ideas to take into your next piece. We’ll work with watercolor, ink, colored pencils, markers, fabric, ribbons, thread, photography, acrylics, charcoal, pastels and etc. and etc.!

The second part will be a monthly Zoom Work Session where I will lead you through one or two warmup drawing exercises and then we will all spend an hour creating together in real time. Imagine sitting all together at a coffee shop, all doing our own thing together. It is surprisingly fun to work alongside each other even virtually!! (These will be recorded and accessible later if you need to miss.)

The third part of the class is about finding ways to stay motivated and inspired. We are constantly changing as people and as artists, and one of my biggest challenges is to keep myself feeling like I’m capable of making something NEW. This is where we need to reach outside of ourselves, so in this class I will be bringing Guest Artists to interview and maybe some studio visits when we can travel again. This is similar to what we did in our (feat.) class. We will also be talking about other sources of inspiration: books, the world around us and even our inner lives. I really want to create a master list of sources of inspiration based on what we can all bring to the table, a sort of “stone soup” of motivation!

I anticipate this to be a busy and ABUNDANT year of creating! I’m really looking forward to it, and hope you can join in!

Carla (and Steve)

Update! Guests so far this year: Della Wells, Henrik Drescher, Camilla Engman and Pam Garrison.


Nuts & Bolts

Lesson Videos will go live the first and third Fridays of each month.

• Zoom Work Sessions will be on the first Friday/Saturday of each month, there will be a 1.5 hour Zoom session. Two calls are scheduled: 5pm PT Fridays and 11am PT Saturdays. Click HERE to check your time zone!

Community Forum. We will have a private forum to share our work and be inspired by the work of others.


Important Information!

1. Scholarships available HERE.

2. For the first time, all the recorded video lessons will include Closed Captioning.

And HERE is a printable PDF with the full schedule, including Zoom calls.



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 will have 12 guest artists throughout the year, which will include children’s book illustrators, contemporary illustrators, painters and mixed-media artists.

Please note! The supplies listed below are the basic supplies you will need for this class. Sometimes I might work with specific brands, etc., and I will let you know about those ahead of time as I am able. However, 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

– watercolors

– acrylics

– brushes

– matte medium

– glue stick

– scissors and exacto knife

– collage ephemera

– access to printer or copier

– and maybe a Gelli® Plate! I seem to prefer the 8″x10″ size… but this is optional… there will be alternate techniques shown.

Nuts & Bolts

– This is an ongoing workshop throughout 2021. The first lesson goes live on Friday, January 8, 2021.

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

– You will have indefinite access to this class.

– Thank you for being here!

“I love seeing how all of the lessons are informing my art practice. Thank you, Carla Sonheim!” — Ruta S.
“Thank you Carla Sonheim for inspiring me to keep trying new things!” — Paige C.
“Thank you Carla for making us meet all these lovely people.” — Heleen D.