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"Y" is for Yellow Summer


Y is for Yellow (Summer!): A 26-Lesson Class
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media ‚ÄĘ $99
Class Dates: June 22 – August 3, 2018
Note: Even though class has started, you are welcome to join in anytime!


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“Y” is For Yellow!
(And no, we won’t paint everything yellow! ūüėÄ )

In this class we will march through¬†the alphabet as a fun way to move through our lessons (“P” is for Picasso! “C” is for Collage!), while tackling the more serious question,

“How do you create a body of work?”

As mixed-media artists we are always trying new media and experimenting with new techniques ‚ÄĒ which is awesome! But what can happen is we don’t take the time to focus long enough on the things we really love so that we can create a cohesive series that is uniquely ours.
I have found a lot of value working in series over the years; choosing and sticking with one media/subject matter for a period of time really has helped me… and I will share with you what I can about the process.
Are you ready to work hard in a fun environment? Let’s refine, focus, and create a body of work this year!
Summer Session!
In 2016 we ran “Y is for Yellow” as a year-long class. We are re-running the class over six weeks this summer, with the all of the videos for each original session dropped every other Friday… it is a lot of content! But by giving it to you all at once, you will be encouraged to¬†pick and choose the lessons that are particularly interesting to you this summer, and leave the rest for later (you have forever access!).
Lessons A – J
Friday, June 22, 2018
10 Drawing Assignments ‚ÄĘ 4 Mixed-Media Lessons

Friday, July 6, 2018
Lesson K – R
8 Drawing Assignment – 3 Mixed-Media Lessons

Friday, July 20, 2018
Lessons S – Z
8 Drawing Assignments Р3 Mixed -Media Lessons 

If you missed “Y is for Yellow” the first time, please join us now! (And if you have a busy summer, don’t worry! You can always do this as a self-study class.) If you previously signed up for “Y is for Yellow” and would like to join in this summer, email me and I will put you on the list.
As a shorter, summer program, I think participants can decide to approach it two ways:
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Focus more on the series aspect of the class. Spend the six weeks going through the stages of researching & playing, resting, focusing & deciding, working (in tandem with a few others for support and accountability), and finishing!
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Focus more on just playing in the studio with the drawing and mixed-media assignments.
There are 26 drawing assignments and 10 mixed-media assignments… so much content! But you are invited to pick and choose the assignments that speak to you the most and leave the rest for self-study later.

Please consider joining the fun… great lessons for families, too! The cost is $99 and you will have forever access to the lessons.¬†Please join us!
Carla

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In this class:
‚Äʬ†You are encouraged to focus on your favorite media. (Don’t know what that is? That’s okay, there will be plenty of techniques to try with both the drawing and mixed-media lessons.)
‚ÄĘ There will be 26 short drawing¬†exercises, one for each of the 26 lessons. These are meant to be warm-ups to give you ideas on how to face the blank page. I’ll keep them fun!
‚ÄĘ In addition, there will be 7 mixed-media lessons, 3 optional assignments, and 3 surprise lessons. They will include techniques (old and new!) in watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, and other media.
‚Äʬ†YOU will choose your three projects! Some ideas are working on an alphabet book, a children’s board book, some paintings for a show, your¬†portfolio, a small line of cards, etc.¬†(Alternatively, you can choose one larger project to work on all year.)
‚ÄĘ “Y is for Yellow” will include¬†an online community (via a closed Facebook group) where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other (one of the best things about taking an online class!).
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New to online classes? Check out the “Frequently Asked Questions” page, and here are some recent comments from students!
“In my opinion, you are a gifted instructor, who actually makes art fun, and I look forward to learning more from you.” ‚ÄĒ Jo
“Your style of teaching is warm, genuine and clear.” ‚ÄĒ Sheri
“Carla and her co-teachers inspire not just making art but also a sense of community among the students, of whom many have been making art for quite some time and others are new to it. This sense of community shows itself in the way everyone shares art ‚ÄĒ within a closed group on Facebook ‚ÄĒ and comments in a wonderful, supportive way.” ‚ÄĒ Corinne
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‚ÄĘ All levels welcome and encouraged to join in!
‚ÄĘ Registration fee is good for people living in a single household.
‚ÄĘ Instructor Feedback: I will be active in the Facebook Forum and available M-F for feedback.
‚ÄĘ If you’d like a feel for the supplies you will need for this class,¬†CLICK HERE.
‚ÄĘ If you’d like to know more about how our online classes work in general, CLICK HERE.
‚ÄĘ You will have access to the “Y is for Yellow” class materials forever.

‚ÄĘ If you have any questions, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.
Thank you again and I hope you can join in!
Carla Sonheim
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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email immediately. We will log you in to the class with your Paypal email address unless you indicate otherwise.
P.S. Here eight mixed-media projects (following are screen shots from the lesson PDFs):
B is for Picasso Blue Period Paintings (watercolor and gel medium):
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C is for Cut Contour Collages (mixed-media):
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D is for Drybrush Dares (acrylic painting):
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I is for Improv Paintings (mixed-media):
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K is for Klee-Inspired Color Grid Paintings (layering in watercolor):
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L is for Loose Landscapes (acrylic painting):
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Q is for Quintessentially You (your choice of materials):
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S is for Somewhat Surrealist (mixed-media painting):
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T is for Taped, Textured Trees (mixed-media paintings):
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Y is for Yellow Kitty (photograph and mixed-media):
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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. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 75,000 copies!
Two more books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books), and in 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim.
One of her students writes, “Carla just shines and is so gentle and generous that you will work hard all day and come out energised and inspired. Most importantly though, [her] class was a touchstone in my artistic journey, giving me the courage to stop resisting, and open myself to my creative voice.”
Carla lives in Seattle, Washington.
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"Intro to Abstract Painting" with Karine Swenson


Intro to Abstract Painting
Instructor: Karine Swenson
2-Week, 6-Lesson Class
Now available as a self-study class. 


Karine is re-running her very popular class, ‚ÄúIntro to Abstract Painting,‚ÄĚ beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018! If you have signed up for ‚ÄúIntro to Abstract Painting‚ÄĚ previously and would like to be part of this repeat session, just email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and let me know.
Have you have ever had an interest in abstract painting? Would you like to paint with more freedom or feeling?
In this class we will explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you as an artist. Karine will demonstrate drawing and painting intuitively, and share with you a few of her favorite abstract painters and help you understand some of the concepts behind non-representational painting (painting without recognizable imagery).
She will encourage you to try new things as a way to experience breakthroughs and encourage you to work quickly. You will be finding ways to develop your own way of applying paint and to compose the visual space.
During this class, you will work on many (up to twenty) small sketches and 3 to 4 paintings.
Click HERE for a list of supplies needed for this class.
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Who is this class intended for:
– Anyone who wants to explore non-representational painting
– Anyone who wants to strengthen and develop their own voice as a painter
– Anyone interested in taking risks with their painting
– Anyone who wants to have more confidence in their own way of painting
Note: It is recommended that you have some painting experience in acrylic or oil paint before taking this class; I will not be showing you how to mix paint or choose colors. The focus will be primarily composition, values, mark making, and a search for individuality.
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Class Itinerary
Week One
Lesson 1 – Tuesday
We will begin with small studies to explore drawing intuitively.
Lesson 2 – Wednesday
Today will will draw from our other senses (not sight) to help us escape the need to use recognizable imagery and to help us tap into our emotions.
Lesson 3 – Friday
Take the favorite sketch from our previous two lessons and turn them into an abstract painting.
Week Two
Lesson 4 – Tuesday
Approaching a blank canvas with no sketch. (How to work intuitively.)
Lesson 5 – Wednesday
Explore how trying new things can take you in another direction. Do you normally work small? Try working large. Push yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally do.
Lesson 6 – Friday
Choose one of your paintings from the last two weeks and “wreck it” to save it. _____________________________________________

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Karine_PortraitKarine Swenson grew up just outside of a town called Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills. The closest neighbor was a mile away. Reared in this environment, Swenson’s connection with the natural world was strong. After receiving her BA in painting from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she moved to Colorado. She has spent most of her life in small towns that sit right next to the last remaining bits of wilderness. From the mountains of Colorado, the ocean surrounding Maui, Hawaii, the desert near Joshua Tree, California, and now Santa Fe, NM, she feels the most at home out in nature. In the studio, her second home, she can explore her relationship with the natural world. Her oil paintings are reflections of this relationship. Swenson has been a full time artist for the past ten years.
See more wonderful art at Karine’s blog!

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Holiday Gift Paintings


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“Holiday Gift Paintings”
with Fred Lisaius
A 3-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class
Now available as a self-study class.
  
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The holidays are approaching and there’s no better way to brighten someone’s season then with the gift of original art.
In this class Fred will walk you through three small acrylic paintings.¬†Fred¬†is known for his stunning¬†acrylic¬†paintings. Luckily for us, he’s a very generous artist and is happy to share his acrylic techniques with us!
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Class Itinerary
Lesson 1
Supplies Overview & Paint the Backgrounds
Tuesday, December 8th

Lesson 2:
Masking Techniques
Wednesday, December 9th
Lesson 3:
Finishing the Paintings
Friday, December 11th
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6-Class Pass
Purchase our 6-class pass, where you will get 6 classes for the price of 5. You can pick and choose which classes to take! (Lunch hour classes will run monthly starting ¬†in September 2015.) Pass valid through December 31, 2016. If you have already purchased a class pass and would like to take “Holiday Gift Paintings,” email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and¬†let me know! I will put you on the list.

To purchase a 6-pass class:

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fredheadFred Lisaius¬†is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA ¬†(“Fred is perfect!”). Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections. Fred recently¬†had¬†a show at the¬†Bainbridge Island Art Museum.¬†¬†From his statement:
The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.

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Supplies?

РThree  5 x 7 inch (or about this size) gessoed wood panels.
РPaint: Student or better grade (Titanium White, Mars Black, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre)
– # 6 round acrylic brush
– ‚Äúsponge‚ÄĚ paint tool for varnish
– Paper towels
– A paper palette pad or paper plates work well .
– Acrylic varnish: Gloss or Satin recommended
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Lunch Hour Art!
This class is part¬†of our ‚ÄúLunch Hour¬†Art!‚ÄĚ series of ‚Äúbite-sized‚ÄĚ classes. (You don’t need to do them during an actual lunch hour, though!) For more info, click below:

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Faces Mini


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Faces Mini
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
A Three-Lesson, ‚ÄúBite-Sized‚ÄĚ Class with Carla Sonheim
Drawing, painting, mixed-media ‚ÄĘ $25

Now available as a self-study class.

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In this class we will focus on drawing and painting the human face. We will do nine¬†different assignments that allow you to approach your subjects fast, slow, messily, neatly, realistically, abstractly ‚ÄĒ all to help ferret out your own unique and personal style.
We will draw from live models, from photos, and our imaginations. We‚Äôll use watercolor, pencil, pastels, and colored pencils to create 50 quick faces by the end of the week. End goal: You don‚Äôt want to draw faces like me or anyone else ‚ÄĒ you want to draw like YOU!
Take this class if you want to try your hand at different drawing styles and methods, love the human face, or want to start developing your own unique face ‚Äústyle.‚ÄĚ
Note: This is a shortened, re-filming of “Faces 101,” one of my first online classes.¬†The exercises in this new version are the same… the only difference is the¬†presenter is a little more confident on camera. ūüėČ

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Your itinerary:

Lesson 1
Blind contours, wrong-handed drawing, and watercolor faces
Tuesday, October 27th

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Lesson 2
Contours, one-liners, and realistic drawings
Wednesday, October 28th
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Optional Assignment
10 scribbly faces from life
Thursday, October 29th
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Lesson 3
Shading, eraser drawings, pastel faces
Friday, October 30th
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Supplies?
For this class you will need several sheets of¬†smooth card stock or drawing paper, an 8″x10″ sheet of¬†watercolor paper (I use 140# hot press Fabriano paper), watercolors, a #12 round brush (or similar), pencil with eraser, pastels (or PanPastels), kneaded rubber eraser, colored pencils.

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Birds on Birds – Acrylic Painting


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“Birds on Birds: Acrylic Painting”
with¬†Alison O’Donoghue
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.

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Join painter Alison O’Donoghue for a super fun class in acrylic painting, “Birds on Birds.” Alison shares her unique techniques for creating a stacked, interactive, and harmonious¬†world within the bounds of an 11″x14″¬†wood panel. She will guide you expertly through six lessons¬†‚ÄĒ starting with preparing the panel with layers of gesso and finishing with varnish; and in-between, magic!
Alison¬†likes the stacking up method of composing because it allows for a lot of images within the painting without any concerns for traditional perspective (a common folk art approach around the world). Through Alison’s process of layered¬†washes and highlights, your painting will¬†glow with light and color.
Plus… BIRDS!
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A detail:
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And more of Alison’s “bird” work using these techniques (click to enlarge):
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Class Itinerary
Lesson 1 – Supplies & Preparing Your Board
We’ll go over the supplies needed for this project and prep your board for painting.
Lesson 2 – Drawing It Out
Here is a place to begin letting the ideas flow. Your birds don’t have to be realistically drawn and you can let go of the idea of right and wrong; instead do it your way. You do have a way.
Lesson 3 –¬†Painting the Simple Shapes
Create a palette of color choices ahead of time and have fun with color! It’s good to be aware of the negative spaces ‚ÄĒ or spaces between ‚ÄĒ the objects and imagery, because they are as important as the birds¬†in creating a balanced and vibrant composition.
Lesson 4 – Painting the Negative Shapes
In this lesson you will create lines around your birds by NOT painting the lines, and paint in the negative shapes of the background.
Lesson 5 –¬†Transparent Color Washes
This part is really fun, and here is where the dimension, volume, sense of light and shadow and nuance are begun. We are staining the shapes we have painted with the washes. (It may feel as though you’re ruining the painting, but you aren’t!)
Lesson 6 – Highlights and Details
In this step, my favorite step, we are adding a final¬† layer to bring out the form, as well as adding pattern to some of the shapes. Add spots, stripes, patterns or follow the form of the object to highlight the form. All of this will create depth, a push and pull and sense of shifting light that is exciting and interesting to the eye.¬†We’ll finish with a¬†nice coat of varnish to give your painting more luminosity.
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alisonbioThe artwork of Alison O’Donoghue can be described as contemporary folk art.

Partly na√Įve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life… awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two dimensional world. In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister, give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story.
In her larger work, Alison seems to have no intention of leaving a space unfilled or unpopulated as the figures become more of an overall pattern. It gives the viewer the feeling of looking at vines overtaking the world inside the painting in a kind of beautiful invasive force of nature.
Alison O’Donoghue’s contemporary folk art and patterned worlds invite us to explore visually the simple beauty, complexity, interactions and sometimes the humorously sinister aspects of everyday life.
Alison lives in Portland, Oregon. http://www.aliorange.com/alison.html

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SUPPLIES LIST:
– 11″x14″¬†smooth wood panel, gessoed and sanded then painted with two good solid coats of black acrylic.
РWhite watercolor pencil. Make absolutely sure it’s water soluble- as we will be washing away the lines with water after painting.
РAcrylic Paints: Back, white,  and a your choice of variety of opaque colors.
– An assortment of transparent acrylic paint- red, brown, yellow, burnt orange, sap green are good choices
РBrushes: A variety of sizes, I prefer sable brushes for their ability to paint larger areas and also hold a point for detail.
РVarnish: Gloss polymer
РOptional: Hair Dryer to speed drying process
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HOW IT WORKS‚ÄĒ
‚Äʬ†For the two weeks of class, you‚Äôll receive an email on¬†Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday¬†with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day‚Äôs lesson and video.
‚ÄĘ In the email, you‚Äôll also get the information about¬†how to log into the password-protected blog¬†where the class material lives and the closed Facebook group link.
‚ÄĘ The class materials will be up and available for download until ‚Äúforever,‚ÄĚ if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday¬†before your session begins, you will receive a ‚Äútest‚ÄĚ email to make sure you can receive/view everything.
‚ÄĘ What you will need: You will need to be able to read Acrobat pdf files and view videos.
‚ÄĘ Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
 
 

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Sketchbooks: Making Art a Practice


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“Making Art a Practice”
with Cat Bennett
Six-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.

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How can the sketchbook be a place of discovery and growth in our art practice?
In Cat Bennett‚Äôs 6-week course, “Sketchbooks: Making Art a Practice,” we‚Äôll use the sketchbook to explore how to make our art practice a vital one. We‚Äôll draw and paint in experimental ways, find inspirational images to include in our sketchbooks, look at where we‚Äôve been and where we might go, and consider how to grow our ideas for our art. We‚Äôll also grow our drawing skills and discover our own best strengths so we can build on them.
Each lesson includes a video with demonstrations of various drawing and painting techniques, regular assignments, and a Facebook group to share sketchbook explorations. Cat will also offer daily inspiration (Monday to Friday) with general comments on the work and some further exercises for the super motivated!
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COURSE OUTLINE
Week 1: Making Marks‚ÄĒDrawing in an abstract way to grow our creativity.
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Week 2: Drawing Nature‚ÄĒExploring different ways to draw what we see.
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Week 3: Drawing Our Daily Life‚ÄĒFinding what speaks to us.
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Week 4: Portraits‚ÄĒDrawing people and finding our own style.
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Week 5: Bringing in Imagination‚ÄĒPlaying with images and growing our vision.
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Week 6: Growing Our Ideas‚ÄĒTracing our art history and seeing where we might go.
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Each week, Cat also addresses issues we all face as artists‚ÄĒ
1. What can we do when we feel blocked?
2. How can we overcome the inner critic or feelings of inadequacy?
3. How can we find the time to make art in the midst of busy lives?
4. How do we find our own style in our art?
5. What are great reasons for making art?
6. How do we keep our art practice vital?
Participants can also share positive suggestions of their own each week regarding these questions and on the Facebook page.
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Join this class today, and spend 6 weeks together with Cat Bennett!

NOTE: Cat is offering to send a copy of her book, “Making Art a Practice” to the first 10 people who sign up! ¬†We’ve got the first 10… thank you!!

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Cat Bennett is artist and author. In her Saturday Morning Drawing Club, she teaches drawing as a way to meet the true creative self. Her book, The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind, published by Findhorn Press 2010, was a gold medal winner in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards. Her book Making Art a Practice: How To Be the Artist You Are, and her newest book, The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams: How to Create a Club for Art, are also published by Findhorn Press.

Cat worked as an illustrator/designer for about thirty years. Her illustrations have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun and Time Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Harcourt Brace and many other publications. She has also made short animations for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon TV, WHDH-TV, WGBH-TV and various non-profits. She has exhibited her art in group shows in Boston, New York, and Tokyo.
Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, LA Yoga Magazine, Yoga Magazine UK, Integral Yoga Magazine, Red, The American, Lightworker, High Spirit Magazine and others. www.catbennett.net
Check out Cat’s wonderful books (#3 is forthcoming October 13, 2015).
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SUPPLY LIST FOR THIS CLASS:
‚ÄĘ 9‚ÄĚx12‚ÄĚ (or larger) mixed media sketchbook (Canson; Strathmore, etc)
‚ÄĘ 3‚ÄĚx5‚ÄĚ pocket sketchbook (Moleskine or similar for pencils and markers)
‚ÄĘ 6‚ÄĚx9‚ÄĚ (or larger) smooth paper for pencils and markers (Fabriano, Moleskine etc)
‚ÄĘ ebony or 4B+ drawing pencils
‚ÄĘ gum eraser
‚ÄĘ steel pencil sharpener
‚ÄĘ fine tipped drawing marker (Sharpie, Micron etc)
‚ÄĘ scissors
‚ÄĘ glue stick
‚ÄĘ Set of colored pencils (Dick Blick, Prismacolor, Derwent etc)
‚ÄĘ #3, #6, #12 student grade watercolor brushes (Princeton)
‚ÄĘ Set of opaque cake watercolors (Pelikan)
Note: Whatever brands you prefer are just fine!
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HOW IT WORKS‚ÄĒ
‚Äʬ†Starting October 6th, you‚Äôll receive an email every Tuesday with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day‚Äôs lesson and video. There are 2-3¬†exercises each week which¬†you can move through at your own pace. (Cat recommends daily interaction with your sketchbook.)
‚ÄĘ In the email, you‚Äôll also get the information about¬†how to log into the password-protected blog¬†where the class material lives and the closed Facebook group link.
‚ÄĘ The class materials will be up and available for download until ‚Äúforever,‚ÄĚ if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday¬†before your session begins, you will receive a ‚Äútest‚ÄĚ email to make sure you can receive/view everything.
‚ÄĘ What you will need: You will need to be able to read Acrobat pdf files and view videos.
‚ÄĘ Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla[at]carlasonheim.com

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Fingerpainting : Fingerprinting

Fingerpainting : Fingerprinting
A Three-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class with Carla Sonheim
Painting, Acrylics¬†‚Äʬ†$25

Now available as a self-study class.

 

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Fingerpaint like an adult!

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One of the goals of all of our classes is to encourage you¬†to find techniques, approaches and subject matter you ENJOY. And oftentimes¬†this involves helping recover a more child-like, spontaneous approach to creating… and¬†nothing says “kid” more than fingerpainting!

Join me for this fun exploration of flowers, figures and animals using the following three items: paper, acrylic paint, and your fingers!
One benefit to fingerpainting as an adult is you can bring your grown-up sensibilities to the process.
We’re going to have lots of fun with this one!
xoxo
Carla
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Your itinerary:

Lesson 1: Fields & Flowers
Fingerprint color fields and then flowers from life.
Tuesday, September 8th

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Lesson 2: Figurepainting
Loose, expressive gesture drawings to warm up and then painting figures with your fingers!
Wednesday, September 9th

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Lesson 3:¬†Let’s Get Messy!
Start with a mess and end up with a messy (but wonderful) end result.
Friday, September 11th

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Join this fun class today!

Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions! Please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I’ll get right back to you!

Supplies?
For this class you will need one mixed-media sketchbook or 8 sheets of watercolor paper, acrylic paint, and a small piece of vine charcoal.

Warning Note: Using any kind of paint directly on your skin may have health risks. I always use a barrier cream but for more protection you should use gloves. We want you to be safe and if you have any health concerns check your labels carefully and protect your skin. 

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Wordplay Painting – with Lynn Whipple

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“Wordplay Painting”
with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.

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Hello Hello!!!
A giant, warm welcome to Wordplay Painting.
I am so excited to share with you the many wonders of infusing our artwork with compelling, meaningful and irresistible words!
We will begin our class by finding and preparing a few used books and turning them into what will become our Art Books.
Think of your Art Books as small laboratories for exploration, inspiration and play. There we will use words as inspiration, as graphic elements, as lists, and as the subjects of small paintings and drawings. We will also work, much as a writer might, by considering things such as composition, editing (room for the eye to rest), titles, and character development.
We will explore through prompts poetry and personal handwriting as well as make one larger piece that will combine the techniques we have gathered along the way. Even our book covers will act as canvases!
I look forward to spending time with you and delving into the rich set of possibilities that we will find together when focusing on working with words in our work!
All my best!
with love, Lynn
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You will create:
Word Paintings…

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List Paintings…
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Poem Paintings…
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Character¬†Paintings…
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Book Cover Paintings…
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… and Pulling-it-all-Together Paintings…
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Class Itinerary
Lesson 1: Word Paintings
We will start by¬†playing with different ways to write words, exploring how to seep personality into each word by ‚Äúdrawing letters‚ÄĚ and using spacing and pacing of letters within a word. You will choose a word or two as the main subject of several small paintings… a simple way to elevate a word with your personal style. Have fun!
Lesson 2: List Paintings
We will begin with a fast, but grounded writing prompt and then you¬†will serve them up in a new way on fresh pages of your Art Books by making two different ‚Äúlist paintings.‚ÄĚ Combine paint, pencil, water-soluble crayon, ink, pastels and markers in a variety of ways so that each line of your list has a personality of it‚Äôs own, yet it works together as a whole.
Lesson 3: Poem Paintings
Words are so much fun. For Lesson 3 you will pick out a few words that speak to you, paint around your chosen words and “edit out”¬†all or most of the other words on the page, leaving interesting edges and shapes. We will do 3-5 of these and create a simple “sight maps” by drawing and directing the eye from word to word. The Haiku is another great rhythm or structure we can use with poem paintings‚Ķ¬†a Visual Haiku.
Lesson 4: Character Paintings
Every good book has interesting characters in it. We will create characters in two ways,¬†embracing the “flaws” in both cases (most characters have layers of interesting traits, qualities, and lovable flaws that they show and don‚Äôt show, but are evident in some way). In the first exercise we will start with words, and the second you will complete your painting by incorporating your character’s name in the composition.
Lesson 5: Book Cover Paintings
So often you hear you can’t tell a book by it’s cover, though a clever title and interesting image can certainly help pull you in. I will share a lettering technique and we will combine collage, painting and drawing on your Book Cover Paintings. Come up with a title for your book and use those words as a graphic element in your design.
Lesson 6: Putting it all Together
Welcome to Lesson 6! This should be fun as we look through the pages of our Art Books and pull some favorite pieces, parts and ideas to create a final, larger piece! I guess we could loosely call this a Book Review ūüôā Think about a main character and a title to use in this piece and ways of using words and text as storytelling and design elements. Using parts of used books in your work can add texture, color and interest. Weaving words into our work adds an extra and often personal layer, and in this lesson we will pull it all together.
(And on a final note, it’s nice to think that you may have saved an interesting used book from the dumpster, giving it a new life as your Art Book and by being a valuable part of your artwork.)

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Supplies Needed
– 2-3 used books that speak to you. One larger book in the 10×12 inch range or more would be great
Рwhite or cream paint (acrylic paint, flat house paint or gesso works well)
– water soluble crayons and/or water soluble colored pencils
– #3 pencil, or soft lead pencil or graphite stick
– colored pencils
– pastels
– Tombow markers assorted colors (looking for a marker that will bleed through paint, sharpies will work also)
– brushes, small tipped, medium and larger (one inch is great)
– rag
– black ink and white ink with eyedropper and dip pen
– gel medium
-scissors
– scraper for gel medium, credit card will work as well
– watercolor set
–¬†basic acrylic paints
– plain copy paper

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Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”
Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.
Lynn explains: ‚ÄúI allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me‚ĶI have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd‚ĶMy hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.‚ÄĚ
Lynn‚Äôs work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnwhipple.com and her etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/lynnwhipple

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
‚Äʬ†During the weeks of class, you will receive an email each Tu-W-F from Lynn¬†with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
‚ÄĘ A¬†password-protected blog¬†dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
‚ÄĘ A¬†facebook group¬†will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Lynn¬†is always available to look at your work via email.)
‚ÄĘ The class materials will be up and available for download indefinitely,¬†if for some reason you need to miss a day (or a couple of weeks).
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday¬†before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
‚ÄĘ Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs¬†– If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click¬†HERE.

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FREE! Kids Online Art Class – 6 Lessons


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“Kids Art Week” FREE!
with Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple & Diane Culhane
One-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Now available as a self-study class.
Sign Up for Kids Art Week
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Carla Sonheim, author of “Drawing Lab,”¬†would like to invite you and your kids to join us for a week of creativity and fun. Carla is joined by artist-teachers Lynn Whipple and Diane Culhane and they have¬†created six video lessons for kids of all ages. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!
… and, it’s FREE!
Sign Up for Kids Art Week
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Schedule:
Class Itinerary
Lesson 1: Picasso Dogs with Carla
Lesson 2: Crayon Resist Night Sky with Diane
Lesson 3: Leaf Printing with Lynn
Lesson 4: Nature Faces with Lynn
Lesson 5: Oil Pastel & Paint with Diane
Lesson 6: Modigliani Portraits with Carla
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Tempera or acrylic paint, markers, crayons, watercolors, pencils, oil pastels, imagination and sense of fun!

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Who we are:
Collectively, Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple, and Diane Culhane are professional artists and educators who teach all ages.

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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
‚ÄĘ Each day during the week of class, you will receive an email with a reminder to visit the class blog for that day’s lesson.
‚ÄĘ A¬†password-protected blog¬†dedicated to each class will serve as our clubhouse and where you will find all the class materials as they are uploaded.
‚ÄĘ A¬†facebook group¬†will be created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, we are¬†always available to look at your work via email.)
‚ÄĘ The class materials will be up and available forever.
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming your sign-up. On the Friday¬†before your session begins, you will receive your class codes and a “test” video to make sure you can receive/view everything (if you can view the above video, you should be able to view the class videos).
‚Äʬ†FREE! Sign up today!
Sign Up for Kids Art Week

QUESTIONS? carla@carlasonheim.com
FAQs¬†– If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our e-workshops, click¬†HERE.

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Elements – Building Blocks of Painting


Elements: Building Blocks of Painting
with Karine Swenson
5-Week Class; 10 Lessons Total
Now available as a self-study class.

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  • Have you ever wanted to take a course learn the basics of painting?
  • Are you curious, but don‚Äôt have a Studio Art background?
  • Do you need a refresher on how artists approach painting?
  • What are the elements that make a painting come to life?

Karine Swenson’s 5-week course gives you a unique opportunity to build upon the fundamental building blocks of painting. In this accessible and welcoming course, Karine will walk you through the basics of:

Line, Shape, Form, Depth, Color, Value, & Composition

A professional artist for over 10 years, Karine has lots of experience using color and abstract expression to evoke light, movement and emotion.  If you take the time to learn how to use these tools, and put them in your own tool belt, you’ll look at painting differently by the end of 5 weeks.
And if you’re interested in trying oils for the first time, this class is a fun way to begin! (And although Karine will be using her oil paint, you can absolutely use acrylics.)
Most importantly, you will get personal feedback: You can share your work in the class Facebook group, or if you’re feeling shy, you can email it to Karine directly.
The weeks will go roughly like this:
Week 1: The Line (and all its variations!)
Week 2: The differences between Shape and Form
Week 3: Exploring Depth, Color and Value
Week 4: Value and Composition
Week 5: Composition
Lessons will be geared towards abstract painting; however, the topics will be beneficial to any artist ‚Äď even those pursuing more representational subject matter. (This class is meant to be a continuation of Karine’s¬†first abstract painting class, although you do not need to have taken¬†Intro to Abstract Painting¬†to benefit from this class.)
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Click for supply list: Elements Supply List
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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
‚ÄĘ A¬†password-protected blog¬†serves¬†as our clubhouse; there you will find all of the lesson videos and class materials. This class is now a self-study class, so all of the lessons are available to you when you sign up and you can move through the material at your own pace. (Since it was originally in a blog format, you will find the lessons in reverse chronological order… just scroll down for the earlier lessons.)
‚ÄĘ A Facebook group has been¬†created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Karine¬†is always available to look at your work via email.)
‚Äʬ†You have indefinite access to the class materials.
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours¬†with the links to the class blog and Facebook group.
‚ÄĘ Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla[at]carlasonheim.com
FAQs¬†– If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our classes, click¬†HERE.
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SIGN UP TODAY!

Or take both of Karine’s classes for 10% off! “Intro to Abstract Painting” is a self-study class and you will get the links immediately.

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Karine_PortraitKarine Swenson¬†grew up just outside of a town called Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills. The closest neighbor was a mile away. Reared in this environment, Swenson’s connection with the natural world was strong. After receiving her BA in painting from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she moved to Colorado. She has spent most of her life in small towns that sit right next to the last remaining bits of wilderness. From the mountains of Colorado, the ocean surrounding Maui, Hawaii and now the desert near Joshua Tree, California, she feels the most at home out in nature. In the studio, her second home, she can explore her relationship with the natural world. Her oil paintings are reflections of this relationship. Swenson has been a full time artist for the past ten years.
To watch a short video introducing Karine, click HERE.
See more wonderful art at Karine’s website: www.karineswenson.com.

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"Doings of a Do-o-dle" with Diane Culhane


Doings of a Do-o-dle! Online Class from Silly U on Vimeo.
Drawing, Acrylic Painting
2-Week Class; 6 Lessons Total
Now available as a self-study class.

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This class is about exploring your Do-o-dling!
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Doodle your way into a big painting!
Doodling is really just mark making… marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied.
These marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling can be an expression of your style, like your handwriting. In this class we will look at our doodles as resources; treasures from which we can create full-sized paintings.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a doodler, the exercises and techniques in this class will give you a fun way to tap into your personal style.
We will:
– Dig for treasure/doodle
– Observe & Arrange & Study
– Make folded books for doodle-ready surfaces
– Copy your images with hand/eye coordination
– Scan & enlarge your doodles
– Add color combinations with colored pencil & acrylic paint
– Create compositional grid paintings, and
– Create a Large Do-o-dle Painting!!
I hope you will join me!
Buckets of Joy,
Diane Culhane
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS: For the Supply List, click HERE.
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NUTS & BOLTS
Here’s how this online class works:
‚ÄĘ A¬†password-protected blog¬†serves¬†as our clubhouse; there you will find all of the lesson videos and class materials. This class is now a self-study class, so all of the lessons are available to you when you sign up and you can move through the material at your own pace. (Since it was originally in a blog format, you will find the lessons in reverse chronological order… just scroll down for the earlier lessons.)
‚ÄĘ A Facebook group has been¬†created for you to (optionally) share your paintings, and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. (However, if you are shy about posting your art, Diane¬†is always available to look at your work via email.)
‚Äʬ†You have indefinite access to the class materials.
‚Äʬ†Upon registration, you will receive an email within 48 hours¬†with the links to the class blog and Facebook group.
‚ÄĘ Class fee is good for participants living in a single household.
QUESTIONS? carla[at]carlasonheim.com
FAQs¬†– If you’ve never taken an online class before and would like to know more about our classes, click¬†HERE.
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SIGN UP TODAY!

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Diane Culhane¬†is a professional artist and art educator who¬†lives¬†West Seattle in a 1910 home, and works out of her studio in Ballard Building C.¬†She received her BFA from the University of Utah¬†and Master’s Degree from Seattle University.
Diane has taught for The Bellevue School District, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center, Bellevue Arts Museum and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art School for children in the summer.
Visit her website at: www.dianeculhaneart.com

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Flower Crazy Mini – Online Class


Flower Crazy Mini
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
3 Lessons

Now available as a self-study class.

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Hi! It might be cold and rainy in my neck of the woods, but NOT here inside my studio! Here we have imaginary flowers!

Take the cold weather into your own hands with gesso, watercolor, and a healthy dose¬†of flower fun… join me for this “mini” session (re-edited) of my longer painting class “Flower Crazy.”

In this three-lesson mini class we will create a greenhouse of imaginary flowers while working  with watercolors, markers, colored pencils, white ink, white gesso and pencil on watercolor paper.

Your itinerary

Lesson 1: Flower Blast
flower vocabulary with markers, colored pencils, transparent watercolor layers

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Lesson 2: Imaginary Flowers
mark-making with watercolors, white ink, pencil

Lesson 3: Flower Bursts
Fast and loose with watercolors, gesso, pencil

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Plus, there is a bonus optional drawing assignment (blog post, no video).

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Join this fun class today!

Questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions! Please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I’ll get right back to you!

Supplies?
Click HERE for your full supply list.