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

21 Lessons – $38.25 $45

This 21-lesson drawing workshop is aimed at giving you the motivation, direction, and inspiration to get your pencil moving. Taking cues from life, photos and your imagination, Carla Sonheim uses a variety of techniques and materials to help you free your individual creative self through the act of drawing.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description

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.

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.

Class Itinerary:

  • Day 0 – Eyes Closed Drawings
  • Day 1 – Wrong-Handed Drawings
  • Day 2 – One-Liners
  • Day 3 – Haiku Drawings
  • Day 4 – Blind Contours
  • Day 5 – Contour Drawings
  • Day 6 – Cheater Blinds
  • Day 7 – Scribbly Drawings
  • Day 8 – Blob Hunting
  • Day 9 – Picasso Dogs
  • Day 10 – Blobimals
  • Day 11 – Pencil Sketches
  • Day 12 – Eraser Drawings
  • Day 13 – Vine Charcoal
  • Day 14 – Side-Only Charcoal
  • Day 15 – Figure Drawing – Gestures
  • Day 16 – Figure Drawing – Longer Pose
  • Day 17 – Figure Drawing – Ink Studies
  • Day 18 – Abstracted Faces
  • Day 19 – Abstracted Minutia
  • Day 20 – Random Pick Drawings
  • Day 21 – Create an Assignment

Each day of the class will include:

  • A detailed assignment via the “Draw!” blog.
  • A short video demonstrating the techniques used in the assignment.
  • Flickr group to share your work with like-minded individuals from all over the world!

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.



For the first 10 lessons we will be working smaller, so any paper around letter-size (8.5″ x 11″ U.S.) will work great. I go through a lot of paper, so I find that white “card” or “cover” stock from the office supply store works great. I happen to like this Georgia-Pacific brand from Walmart, but honestly, any kind of paper will work! You can also purchase drawing paper pad at any art supply store.

During the last week we will work a larger (11″x14″ is the size I like to work with). Something like this will work well (but again, if you have other paper already on hand, it will probably work great!)

Carla Sonheim

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.

Nuts & Bolts

  • 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.
“Carla helps her students release their inner critic, and what emerges is a whimsy and freedom that makes for truly original artwork.” — Adrienne
“This class seemed to free me up to be able to do quick and silly drawings as well as more intense ones.” — Chess
“I love the many approaches to drawing we've done and the different looks we can get from just switching methods” — Marge