Teacher News: Lynn Whipple, Cat Bennett & Krista Peel

Hi everyone!

Every few months I ask our teachers what is new in their worlds… here are updates from Lynn Whipple, Cat Bennett, and Krista Peel (all of whom have classes running or about to run right now!).





Lynn’s painting “Wild Fresh Flowers” was chosen as the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival Poster! This is truly an honor, and well-deserved, too… her recent series of flower pot paintings are truly abundantly joyous!

If you are in Denver, Co July 2,3,4 please stop by booth 153 and say hello to Lynn!

Congratulations, Lynn!

Lynn’s classes:
Wordplay Painting – $85, two-week repeat class beginning next Tuesday (5/31/16)!
Big Bold Bloom Wild Paining! – $165, now available as a self-study class
The Joy of Collage – $85, now available as a self-study class
The Joy of Mixed-Media Assemblage – $85, now available as a self-study class
Scissors, Paper, Rock – $25, now available as a self-study class.



Cat writes:
“I’ll be working in the studio all summer! In September, I’m having a show at The Arsenal Center for the Arts here in Watertown, MA with my friend Maggie Stern. This is where I teach and have my studio so it will be a lot of fun. I’ll be showing a new series of 33rpm “vinyl” records (made of wood) from my “Sun Records” series in which I try to convey some positive messages in the song lyrics which I write on the black “vinyl.” I’m also doing a series of 45’s.
Chester Vance
“After that I’ll be having a show in my studio and showing some new small Tantra Homage
paintings. In Indian Tantra painting, the art is meant to bring us closer to the sublime.
Last summer I used the basic structure of the Indian abstract Tantra paintings and
made a small meditative painting each morning. They were entirely unplanned but
really nice to do. I will do the same again this summer and it will be interesting to
see how they change.”
Tantra Group
Yay, Cat!
Cat’s classes:
Sketchbooks: Making Art a Practice – $85, now available as a self-study class
Making Art a Practice: In and Out of the Sketchbook – $125 (just finishing its live session, but available as a self-study now, too!)




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Krista writes:
–My ombre necklaces currently featured in Jewelry Stringing Magazine – Summer 2016 edition, and also the cover of March 2015 Bead Style Magazine – YAY! Necklaces!
–I’m working on a new children’s book about amazing things on this planet, and this is an original watercolor spread from it. These are things that are Blue and Purple (see photo attached)

–And we’re gearing up to start building our own home from the ground beneath our feet. The technique is called Earth Bag Building and we’re excited to design, plan and conjure up a durable, beautiful, artfully organic home from earth.

Thanks, Krista!

Krista’s classes:

NEW! Art Heist – $85, two-week class begins June 7, 2016
Using Vibrant Color – $35, now available as a self-study class


Next: Updates from Diane Culhane, Karine Swenson, Stephanie Hargrave and Alison O’Donoghue!

Easy Tombow® Rabbits – Free Tutorial

Enjoy these very EASY Tombow@ rabbits… fast and fun, they make great cards! Upload your creations to our Facebook Group page:


Have fun!



Supplies Needed

— black Tombow® N15 marker (or any water soluble marker)
— watercolor paper (or greeting card kit)
— #12 round watercolor brush (or similar)
— black permanent pen (like a Micron .05)







And here is one done with inexpensive Crayola markers:


Registration OPEN for “Art Heist” Online Class

Art Heist: A Twist on the Traditional Master Copy from Carla Sonheim Presents on Vimeo.

Art Heist: A Twist on the Traditional Master Copy
Instructor: Krista Peel Starer
2-week, 4-lesson class, mixed-media • $65
Class Dates: June 7 – 17, 2016


In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of four of our favorite artists. (As Picasso says: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”)

An enormous part of making art is absorbing and converting what others have created into your own work.  In this class we’ll steal from and re-create the works of our favorite artists. Along the way, we’ll begin to understand their processes and personal mark making, even in profound ways, like looking through their eyes.  We’ll discuss how our favorite artists have made their work; the tricks they’ve used, the shortcuts they’ve taken, and how they developed a personal art language.

The goal is to come away with some new information — information you can use to go out and do the thing we are especially suited for; recording ourselves and our world.

Here is the breakdown: I’ll choose a few of my favorite works of art to re-create and you’ll do the same. The first theft will be in cut paper assemblage, the second and third in watercolor and the fourth using acrylic. During this caper, we’ll all be sharing our favorite treasures and introducing each other to gems of new artists.

We all make art differently, from the beginner to the master. In re-creating our favorite artists’ work, we can lift some great ideas and make off with a wealth of knowledge. Are you in?

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Class Itinerary:

Week 1

Lesson 1: Stealing for Beginners, Starting in Cut Paper
You will choose a favorite piece of artwork that has a part or detail you’d like to focus on. Working from your chosen source material, you’ll zoom in and develop a cut paper collage with the elements you love from that piece.

Cut paper collage inspired by Brazilian Illustrator Beatriz Milhazes 


Lesson 2: Grabbing the Whole Treasure, a Landscape Caper in Watercolor
You will work from another favorite piece; this time — a landscape. Using an easy watercolor technique, you will lift the whole piece, edge to edge. And during this process, you will personalize it and find more idea treasures to sneak away with.

“Luna in the Meadow” in the style of Illustrator Mary Blair


Week 2
Lesson 3: Advanced Theft, Image Stealing Techniques from the Masters
This is where we get highly secret, and show you the tricks that have been hidden among artists for centuries. (You may need to take the class to find out more . . . (HOMEWORK – watch BBC special David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge)


Watercolor copy of Alex Katz‘ 1969 painting, Vincent and Tony


Lesson 4: Absconded Sculpture, 3D Taken to 2D in Acrylics
During our final grab, you will use a photograph of a favorite sculpture and transform it into an acrylic painting. You will make off with multiple ideas, including an acrylic technique called faux bois. Now it’s time to make our getaway!


3D to 2D: Acrylic painting inspired by the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth

NOTE: You will choose artists that YOU love to work from… the artists here are Krista’s picks.😀



For more information, click HERE!


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BONUS — Words Stolen (about stealing!)

“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” — Jim Jarmusch

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.” — David Bowie

“I love art, I love being thrilled by art, and I love folding these thrills into my own practice. I love stealing….I absolutely believe my best work lies ahead of me, and lies in the work I’m absolutely on fire to steal from.” — Tom Hart

“A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” — Igor Stravinsky

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing” — Salvador Dali

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.” — William Ralph Inge

“What to copy is a little bit trickier. Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” — Austin Kleon, from his book, Steal Like an Artist.

Registration OPEN for Lynn Whipple’s “Wordplay Painting” Online Class

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“Wordplay Painting” with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons; $85
Repeat Session: May 31 – June 10, 2016

Note: For those of you who have previously taken Lynn’s “Wordplay Painting” class, you are welcome to join in this session at no additional cost. Just email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I will get you on the list!



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


Click here for more information and to sign up!

You will create:
Word Paintings…


List Paintings…


Poem Paintings…


Character Paintings…


Book Cover Paintings…


… and Pulling-it-all-Together Paintings…


For more information and to sign up, click HERE!


Giveaway! Class Spot in “Ever After”

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Hello everyone!

Fairy Tale Goodness All-Around!

As I mentioned recently, I’m re-running “Year of the Fairy Tale” as “Fairy Tale Summer” over 8 weeks (June 21 – August 11), but I have some other news, too!

I am going to be teaching on Ever After 2016 this year!

Ever After” is a mixed-media art & style development course with a fairytale theme, with lessons running over four months (beginning July 1, 2016). My lesson (Jack and the Beanstalk!) will go live September 1st.




I can give away one space on Ever After 2016.  Leave a comment below letting us know why you would like to join Ever After 2016I will pick the winner randomly on Tuesday, May 10th at a 1pm PST.

Also, please sign up for my newsletter HERE! Each year we offer 15+ wonderful online classes in drawing, painting and mixed media, from artists like Lynn Whipple, Cat Bennett, Diane Culhane and more! Plus, there are over 40 self-study classes to choose from right now. Click HERE to see more.

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Here is the list of the other teachers who will be teaching on Ever After – they too will be giving away a spot on Ever After 2016 so go check them out and enter their give-aways!:)

Blog Hop Schedule 

May 2 • Tamara Laporte
May 3 • Micki Wilde
May 4 • Andrea Gomoll
May 5 • Carla Sonheim
May 6 • Annie Hamman
May 7 • Karine Bosse
May 8 • Cinnamon Cooney
May 9 • Mystele Kirkeeng
May 10 • Galia Alena
May 11 • Jane Davenport
May 12 • Rachelle Panagarry
May 13 • Effy Wild

Have a great time following the blog hop!:) xoxo

Remember, leave a comment below letting us know why you would like to join Ever After 2016… I will pick the winner randomly on Tuesday, May 10th at a 1pm PST.

The winner is: Jennifer Ropers!I am sooooooo excited for this class! Fairy tales, amazing teachers, and a focus on developing my own style….the perfect fusion for me at this point on my art journey! Thank you so much for a chance to win a spot! My fingers and toes are crossed!”

Online Class GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone!

Fred Lisaius would like to give away a class spot to his upcoming class, Big Juicy Watercolor!


In this you will go BIG with watercolor while exploring wet into wet techniques. Fred is a wonderful teacher… comment here for a chance to win a spot to his upcoming class!

The winner will be picked randomly on Thursday, May 5th at noon.

Thank you for all who entered! The winner is

jwackage, with the comment:

Oh, oh, Mr. Kotter, pick ME!
The aristic Arnold Horshak
HAHAHAHA!!! Yes, that truly dates me!


(And for more information about the class, click HERE!)

Thank you, and thanks to Fred, too!

PS… Those already signed up have a chance to win, too! If you win, we’ll reimburse your class purchase. Thank you!


“Fairy Tale Summer” Online Class Open for Registration


Fairy Tale Summer!
(An edited, re-running of 2014’s Year of the Fairy Tale)
with Carla Sonheim
8 weeks, 16 lessons • $149
Class Dates: June 21 – August 11, 2016


Hi! In 2014, I held a year-long online class “Year of the Fairy Tale.” During our year together we drew, painted, and illustrated eight different fairy tales, including “The Frog Princess,” “The Princess & the Pea,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “The 12 Brothers,” and more!

We had the best year! And by request I’m offering this class again, this time as an 8-week class. Each week you will receive both a drawing/sketchbook assignment and a technique-based, mixed-media project via professionally produced videos (8 weeks = 8 fairy tales)!

If you were part of “Year of the Fairy Tale” and would like to join the fun this summer at no additional cost, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I will put you on the list!

Class Itinerary

Week 1 – The Frog Princess
Tu: Drawing Your Princess Character
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor,  PanPastel and collage)


Week 2 – Blondine, Bonne Biche & Beau-Minon|
Tu: Draw 100 Flowers
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor on Yupo paper)


Week 3 – The Princess & the Pea
Tu: Composition Exercise
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (acrylics)


Week 4 – Little Red Riding Hood
Tu: Storyboard Exercise
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (oil pastels & acrylics)


Week 5 – The 12 Brothers
Tu: Draw a Prince
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (watercolor, gesso, charcoal)


Week 6 – Cinderella
Tu: Design a Dress
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (collage)


Week 7 – The Magic Horse
Tu: 100 Horse Drawings
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (acrylics)


Week 8 – The Lily & the Lion
Tu: Draw the Story
Th: Mixed-Media Assignment (crayons & markers)


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How will this work?

First, my goal for all my classes is that students create art that is true to their own style (as opposed to expecting art look like mine). The techniques taught are just starting points and you will incorporate them into your own existing style and what will come out will be fresh and new.

Also, I strive to make sure that every online lesson includes both techniques and the opportunity for personal growth and self expression. “Fairy Tale Summer” will be an online community where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other.


For each of the 8 weeks you’ll receive:

• a PDF with that week’s Fairy Tale/Reading Assignment
• a Drawing/Sketchbook Assignment (each week we’ll pick a focus: the figure, the face, animals, etc.)
• a Step-by-Step Mixed-Media Project (we’ll work with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, graphite, collage….)
• Professionally Produced Instructional Videos
• Instructor Feedback: I will be active in the Facebook Forum and available M-F… I will do my best to comment on each post; however, if I miss you due to volume, please just shoot me an email! 😀

Our virtual “classroom” includes a private blog and closed Facebook group.


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.” — Jo

“Your style of teaching is warm, genuine and clear.” — 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 — within a closed group on Facebook — and comments in a wonderful, supportive way.” — Corinne

AND specifically about the this class:

“I’m really having a blast in this class. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s frustrating, it’s very satisfying… learning so much and loving seeing all of the amazing work being posted and loving learning these new techniques. Thanks, Carla!” — Helen


• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in!

• Registration fee is good for people living in a single household (a great class to do with your kiddos!)

• If you have any questions at all, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.

• If you’d like a feel for the supplies you will need for this class, click here.

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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email immediately. I will log you in to the class with your Paypal email address unless you indicate otherwise.

Thank you again and I hope you can join in!
Carla Sonheim



Love fairy tales and want more? I’m also part of Tamara Laporte’s “Ever After,” with 12 teachers over four months, beginning July 1st! Click HERE for more information!




I wanted to share with you some images that I’ve been collecting so far this year… as you know we are marching through the alphabet in the “Y is for Yellow” class, and it’s become my habit, the day before the next Lesson PDF is due, to take a walk in the city and search for the letter I need:









Those deadline days can be fairly stressful, so these walking breaks have been surprisingly therapeutic!

“H” is for “Have a great day!”




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