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

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85.00

Meet six fabulous artists with very different styles and personalities in interviews with Carla and then make projects inspired by their art along with Carla in a workshop setting. Sessions are about one hour long and are recorded with “forever access.”

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description



Please join us for a 6-lesson online class where I’ve asked six artists I admire — two children’s book illustrators, two mixed-media artists and two gallery artists — to join us for a live-streamed interview. Then we will have a mixed-media work session and project from Carla INSPIRED BY the featured artists (Aram Kim, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, Mystele Kirkeeng, Liz Tran, Lewis Rossignol and Della Wells!).

Each lesson should be about 1.5 hours long and will be streamed live and recorded each Tuesday and Friday for three weeks starting July 7th…. the first half hour is earmarked for the artist interview and the second hour for the lesson. We will create it so that you can easily work alongside Carla if you like. Each session will be available in your account with forever access (in case you can’t make it to the livestream). No special app or signup will be needed.

And as always there will be a private Facebook group to share your work and the opportunity for feedback from the instructor and our vibrant creative community.

I hope you will join us for this new kind of class!



Here is the schedule!


Week 1

Lesson 1
Featuring: Aram Kim
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 6pm PT
NOTE: Now that the livestream class is over, all videos are now instantly available.


Lesson 2
Featuring: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 12pm PT


Week 2

Lesson 3
Featuring: Mystele Kirkeeng
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 6pm PT

Lesson 4
Featuring: Liz Tran
Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 12pm PT


Week 3

Lesson 5
Featuring: Lewis Rossignal
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 6pm PT

Lesson 6
Featuring: Della Wells
Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 12pm PT


Featured Artists

Aram Kim is a writer and illustrator as well as a designer of picture books for children. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in Queens, NY, happily surrounded by diverse food and culture. By day, she is a senior designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. By all other times, she writes and illustrates her own stories. Website: www.aramkim.com.

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is the author and illustrator of Papa Brings Me the World, Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest; My Travelin’ Eye; and Same, Same but Different, for which she won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and the South Asia Book Award. She lives in Taos, NM. Website www.jennysuekosteckishaw.com

Mystele Kirkeeng. Out of the darkness of depression, Mystele found her voice as an artist and teaches classes, creates paintings and mixed media “make-ings” from her studio outside of Chicago. Her love of  her childhood home in Texas still inspires the colors and texture in her art today. Website: www.mystele.com.

Liz Tran is a Seattle-based artist focusing on painting and installation. Website: www.liztran.com.

Lewis Rossignol is a Portland, Maine-based illustrator specializing in combining hand drawn and collaged imagery. His sketchbook-based body of work is an invitation to peer into someone else’s visually magnetic home and inner world. Website: www.lewisrossignolart.com.

Della Wells was born in 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a self-taught artist. As a child, she invented stories and characters based on her mother’s recollections of growing up in North Carolina during the 1920s through the 1940s. Wells used these stories to escape the uncertain realities created by her mother’s mental illness and her father’s rage and eventually used them to inspire the collage art she creates today. Read more about her HERE.


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)!

• pencil (I use a mechanical pencil)
• colored pencils
• markers and ink pens, assortment
• watercolors, any kind
• watercolor brushes
• a bunch of watercolor paper (I prefer a hot press, but any kind will work!)
• sketchbook or a bunch of drawing paper
• small set of oil pastels
• crayons
• glue stick
• black ink (can also use watercolor or acrylic)
• acrylic paints
• white gesso
• gel medium (gloss and/or matte)
• brayer

• This class will be live streamed at 6pm PDT each Tuesday for three weeks and 12noon PDT on Fridays. Class dates are:

Lesson 1 – Tuesday, 7/7/20
Lesson 2 – Friday, 7/10/20

Lesson 3 – Tuesday, 7/14/20
Lesson 4 – Friday, 7/17/20

Lesson 5 – Tuesday, 7/21/20
Lesson 6 – Friday, 7/24/20

• 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.

• Here is the full schedule:

Week 1
Mon, April 13 – Lesson 1
Wed, April 15 – Lesson 2
Fri, April 17 – Lesson 3

Week 2
Mon, April 20 – Lesson 4
Wed, April 22 – Lesson 5
Fri, April 24 – Lesson 6

Week 2
Mon, April 27 – Lesson 7
Wed, April 29 – Lesson 8
Fri, May 1 – Lesson 9

Week 4
Fri, May 8 – Lesson 10

“It has been a breath of fresh air, as well as an infusion of adrenalin!!! I love your warmth and calm manner, as well as the generous way in which you share your artistic secrets with us. ” — Carole K.
“It really has pulled me out of my doldrums and provided the encouragement and support to try new things.” — Barb S.
“I love that you chose artists with such different practices and styles. So glad I signed up! Thank you!” — Meryl S. A.