2022: Carla’s Yearlong Class

 Lifetime Access, Online Community, 12 Video Lessons, Monthly Zoom Work Sessions & More!

12 Lessons – $168.3 $198

Praise for the 2021 Yearlong: “Carla, this is my first yearlong. I found it to be well balanced, incredibly informative, and  opened me to processes completely new to me. The guest artists were all fabulous. A truly wonderful year, and I have enjoyed the zoom sessions. Thank you so much!” — Sharon H.

Class has Live and Recorded components; sign up anytime!

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description


Welcome to our 10th yearlong class!

I started with the Year of the Giraffe in 2013 because I thought it would be fun to spend a whole year during giraffe-related projects, and some of you have been with us since then… thank you! We are so grateful to have this special place all year long to grow and encourage each other (we have kept the price the same since the start because we want it to be accessible to everyone).

And even though the themes have changed over the years, the idea is always the same: Spend some time every month with each other doing assignments, sharing work and just drawing, painting and collaging! This year we are asking 12 very special Guest Artists to teach the main lessons. You might know a few of them from past classes like: Henrik Drescher, Andrea D’Aquino and Julie Paschkis. But most of them will be teaching with us for the first time like: Katherine Streeter, Scott Menchin, Yvetta Fedorova, Hu Yong Yi, Stacy Milrany and “Starhead Boy” — plus some surprises and a few yet to be discovered! Reaching out to these illustrators and artists is one of my favorite things to do and I love that we get have lessons from people I have always admired.

Each of our artists/teachers will be sharing a mixed-media lesson around what excites them personally. The lessons will include both a warm-up and a main project, and you can expect tutorials in acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing and illustration, collage, paper cutting and more! In addition, I have “yearlong” project planned that we will work on together all year (and will be introduced in the first “Welcome” video January 4th).

A few days after each lesson we will meet via Zoom where I’ll share work inspired by that month’s lesson, demo some drawing and creativity exercises, and then we will continue working together on the month’s assignment or the special project. (It’s also a time to ask any questions and get feedback on works in progress.)

If you’ve taken a yearlong class from me before, you know roughly what to expect! And if you haven’t, I hope you will consider joining our group of like-minded creatives from all over the world!

Carla (and Steve)


Nuts & Bolts

• Guest Artist Lesson Videos will be available the second Tuesday of each month.

• Zoom Work Sessions with Carla will be on the second Friday/Saturday of each month: 5pm PT Fridays and 11am PT Saturdays and will be recorded for those who can’t attend the live event.

Community Forum. We will have two private forums (Facebook and Padlet) to share our work and be inspired by the work of others.

No art experience necessary… really! Just jump right in.

Scholarships available HERE.


Guest Teachers

Here are some of our amazing guest teachers!












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 we 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.

– For the Carla’s yearlong project: a large sheet of hot press watercolor paper, about 100#

General Supplies

– 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 2022. Carla’s Welcome Video goes up Tuesday, January 4, 2022 and Lesson 1 goes live Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

– Private forums 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'm loving everything about this class.” — Kim E.