Bugs! An Online Class for Kids

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

5 Lessons – $21.25 $25.00

Meet five wonderful artists, learn something about bugs and make art with Carla! This class is suitable for kids 5+ and the projects are fun for anyone. Basic supplies such as markers, watercolors, construction paper and glue are all that’s needed and the lessons are recorded so you have forever access. Each video is about 20 minutes long.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description


Every summer we do a Kids Art Week online class, and thousands of kids of all ages have joined in! This year, we are bringing classes for kids to the school year too!

Our theme for our first class is “bugs.” I’ve been on a bug kick lately, and it made me want to learn more so I asked some artist friends to create projects for us. We have a bug scientist from North Carolina and Children’s Book Artists from as far away as Scotland who will join me via a Zoom call and share their projects, and I will demonstrate. Videos are prerecorded and about 20 minutes long; you can do them with basic supplies like crayons, markers, watercolors and a glue stick!

We will first spend time with a bug scientist named Adrian Smith. He films the coolest slow-motion videos of bugs flying. After our talk we will make some imaginary bugs with watercolor and crayons.

Next we’ll learn from two children’s book artists from Scotland, and a mixed media artist from Seattle, and draw, paint and collage bugs from imagination and photos. We’ll work on a 3-D pop-up bug world, a set of flying toy bugs, and an endangered butterfly or moth collage!

Finally, we will end with a creepy crawly that EATS bugs … tarantulas! Children’s book illustrator P. Marin has us painting mud tarantulas with, well, mud! We might even have a special guest that last lesson….

Created for kids ages 5-12, there will be a private forum to share work with other kids from all over the world. A great way to have fun via the computer with supplies easily found at home. All of these lessons can be adapted for littler or bigger kids (of ALL ages).

We hope you can join us!



Bugs! Class Schedule

Lesson 1
Flying Insects + Imaginary Bugs
Interview + Videos: Dr. Adrian Smith
Imaginary Bugs: Carla Sonheim

Lesson 2
Pop-Up Bug World
Guest Teacher: Cara Rooney

Lesson 3
Simple Flying Bugs
Guest Teacher: Hazel Terry

Lesson 4
Butterfly Collages
Guest Teacher: Lisa Myers Bulmash

Lesson 5
Mud. Splat. Tarantula!
Guest Teacher: P. Marin


Guest Teachers

Adrian Smith, Ph.D. is an entomologist and media maker. Most days, you can find Adrian working in a glass-walled research lab at the science museum in downtown Raleigh, filming insects. In his research he’s discovered curiosities of the insect world ranging from ants with 200 mph jaw movements to fly maggots that live in dead trees and use their bodies as a spring to fling themselves into the air. He is the Head of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a Research Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at NC State. Instagram: @DrAdrianSmith YouTube: www.youtube.com/AntLab

Cara Rooney is an illustrator, hand letterer and plaything maker based in Dundee, Scotland. Her work takes the form of tactile, brightly coloured interactive picture books, activity books and toys that encourage big and little people to form a fascination for nature. Cara graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2020 with First Class Honours and has since been shortlisted for Penguin Random House’s Student Design Award and been awarded a One to Watch award in D&AD x Squarespace’s Digital PortfolioShowcase. Website: www.cararooney.com Instagram: @cararoooney

Hazel Terry is an illustrator and artist who lives north of Edinburgh with her partner and their two children. She studied Fine Craft Design at York Street Art College, Belfast, Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and has recently completed her MA in Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire. Hazel was raised with a macaw, a donkey and countless cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, goats, pigs and foxes. A childhood spent amongst these wonderful creatures shaped her character and imagination. She has a wonderful blog where she features illustrators from all over the world! Blog: www.theartroomplant.blogspot.com Website: www.hazelterry.com Instagram: @hazelterryillustration

Lisa Myers Bulmash is a collage and book artist who works primarily in acrylics, paper and found objects. Questions of identity, trust and the imperfect memory now drive most of her work. The artist aims to nudge the viewer into recognizing our shared stories, especially those narratives that are usually experienced in isolation. Collage work by Myers Bulmash resides in two city art collections: Shoreline and Seattle.  She is also the winner of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, an award to support artists with children under age 18. Website: www.lisamb.com Instagram @_lisa_mb_

P. Marin is an SCBWI Honor Award recipient in illustration and the Author/Illustrator of the acclaimed Pig and Chick series.  She’s the creator of Oops and Doodles, a creative writing and illustrating program for budding artists. She spends her time writing and drawing in her reformed closet studio in Huntington Beach, California, where she lives with her husband and their son who she affectionately refers to as the Domestic Zookeeper.  Website: www.printsmarin.com Instagram:  @P._Marin

Here are the supplies you will need (but please know that in most cases you can substitute art materials with supplies you already have on hand)!

• Watercolor paper or stiff paper to paint on, several sheets
• Colored construction paper or card stock, several colors
• Markers, crayons, pencil, pen
• Set of watercolors
• Paint brushes, various sizes
• Glue stick
• Collection of scrap papers, candy wrappers, fabric scraps etc.
• Scissors
• Some dirt from your garden!

Optional: Black Ink

• 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.

“Now the kids ask if they can watch Carla Sonheim! ” — Pat B.
“Our Kindergarten class was engrossed in painting their imaginary insects and were very proud of their 3D insect creatures, very exciting!” — Hedy V.
“This was fun! And messy! ” — Deb N.