Imaginary Animals LIVE! – A Workshop Via Zoom

3+ Hours of Instruction; Lifetime Access via Recorded Zoom Video

1 Lessons – $45

Hi everyone, I’m excited to offer a LIVE workshop on Imaginary Animals via Zoom! This 3 1/2 hour get-together is a chance to share your work, ask questions, meet other artists and make cool creatures!

Saturday, July 24, 2021  9am PST

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description


A Live Workshop via Zoom
Saturday, July 24, 2021 9am PST  (Last day to sign up: July 31, 2021)

3.5 Hours – $45

Hello! In this live workshop we will make a whole slew of “blob” imaginary animals from random and found patterns — trash! sidewalk cracks! ginger roots! — that we turn into finished characters. I really love working this way because the process leads the way, and I come up with fantastical animals that I would never think of on my own. I first started making animals from sidewalk cracks in 2005 and have taught several classes over the years — and even wrote a book about it! It’s been over 15 years and I always come back to them… and I think I apply the basic principle to most of my other work as well!

We will get together via zoom for 3.5 hours on Saturday, July 24th at 9am Pacific Time. The class follows our basic format with some demos and assignments followed by break-out groups and then getting back together to share and comment. I really enjoy this format because it’s as close to teaching in real life as you can get without actually being there!

Please join us! You don’t need any drawing experience or even practice drawing animals… that’s the magic of it. The supplies you’ll need are fairly simple: watercolor, colored pencils, white ink, a graphite pencil and some charcoal.




Class Itinerary

9am – Welcome!
9:15am –  10 Blob Drawings
10am – Drawing Blast from Photos
10:15am – Abstract Watercolor Starts
10:45am – Break
11:00am – Finding Animals, Shading & Textures
12:15pm – Q+A and Show+Tell
12:30pm – Class Ends

Class runs Pacific Time with a 15-minute break in the middle (click HERE for time converter, but basically it’s a morning workshop for West Coast USA, an afternoon workshop for East Coasters, and an evening workshop for Europeans).


Nuts & Bolts

• Class will run live via Zoom on Saturday, July 24, 2021. 9am – 12:30pm Pacific Time with a 15-minute break in the middle (click HERE for time converter).
• The Zoom link and instructions will be sent within 24 hours after signup.
• If for some reason you can’t make the live session, a video recording will be sent within 48 hours after the end of class.
• This live workshop is based off of exercises from my second book, “Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim.”
• Scholarships are available! Email for more information.



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.


Note: You can substitute any of these supplies with things you have on hand!

– sketchbook or ten 5″x7″ sheets of mixed-media paper

– One sheet of #140 hot press watercolor paper, about 11″x15″

– watercolors

– #12 round watercolor brush or similar

– colored pencils, including white (and, if you like the bright-colored samples, fluorescent orange)

– charcoal pencil (or other charcoal); one or two colored chalk pastels

– white paint pen or white acrylic ink and nib pen

– mechanical pencil

– pens and markers of your choice

– optional: stump

Nuts & Bolts

– This is a one-time workshop via ZOOM on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 9am PT. It will be recorded for future viewing.

– You will have indefinite access to this class.

– Thank you for being here!