Imaginary Creatures

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

4 Lessons – $55.25 $65

Serendipity rules in this playful class where you’ll let sidewalk cracks, random blobs of watercolor, and the unexpected turns in wrong-handed drawings give birth to your wild menagerie of imaginary creatures. In this class Carla shows how to build transparent layers with watercolor and bring in finishing touches with mixed media, and in your final lesson she shows you ways you can turn these new little creatures into gifts.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description

Create your own zoo of imaginary creatures from random watercolor marks!

This is one of my favorite classes to teach, as all the animals created are so unique and fun.

We will draw from life, from photos, and from our imaginations. Then you’ll learn no-fail watercolor tricks to create a series of your own imaginary creatures on paper. You’ll put the finishing touches on with pen, colored pencil, marker, collage, or whatever else the piece “needs.”

Also in each lesson “real” drawing exercises to help imbue personality and life into your imaginary animals.

Each lesson day you will receive a worksheet assignment, a drawing assignment, and a painting assignment.

Then, what to do with them? Besides framing, there will be a bonus video with holiday gift ideas of what to do with your unique creations.

Take this class if you love animals, want to learn more about watercolor and layering mixed-media, or just want to explore the “random” and “play” factor in drawing and painting.

Class itinerary:

Lesson 1: Sidewalk Cracks, One-Liners, & Mini Blob Animals

Lesson 2: Wrong-Handed Drawings, Blind Contours, & Abstract Starts

Lesson 3: From Photos, Contours, & Watercolor Layers

Lesson 4: Drawing Textures, Details & Shading, & Mini Blob Animals

Bonus Video: Five gift ideas to make from your animal characters.




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– a 11″x15″ sheet of watercolor paper torn to four equal pieces (I use 140# hot press Fabriano paper)
– watercolors
– a #12 round brush (or similar)
– black ink pens
– colored markers (any kind will work)
– colored pencils (including white).

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.
“I believe I will be seeing creatures everywhere now!!! ” — Deb W.
“Having a blast!” — Kj A.
“I have learned how to enjoy drawing again for the sheer pleasure of it!” — Jennifer M.