Summer is “Over”


It’s getting busy!

Last week we had Alison O’Donoghue here to film her upcoming class (details soon!), and this week Lynn Whipple is here filming “Big Bold Blooms 2” — both wonderful to work with, and inspiring, too!

I woke up early this morning, anxious to create after watching Lynn create all day yesterday:


I also recently entered Lilla Rogers’ “Global Talent Search” contest… mostly for fun and the challenge (and with the hope of making the Top 50 finalists). Our assignment was to design a napkin, cup and saucer in our style, and incorporate at least one word in the design:



Unfortunately I didn’t make the Top 50, but you can see the finalists HERE (and congrats to all of you!).


A Few Recent Kid Drawings




I’ve been working on a series of drawings in this style as part of the year-long “Yellow” class — I’ve had the busiest summer, so I haven’t got as much done as I had hoped, but here are a few!

I also wanted to remind you that we are having a 20% off sale of all self-study classes to newsletter subscribers. Click HERE to subscribe and receive the code via email within 24 hours. Sale ends Sunday, August 21.


Online Class Sale & Magazine Giveaway!


Hi everyone… a “housekeeping” post!

I have been featured in this summer’s “Where Women Create Business” publication! (Thank you, Jo Packham & Stampington & Company!)

Stampington is providing two copies of the magazine to give away… please comment here for a chance to win one of the copies; I will pick a winner randomly on Thursday, 12noon PST! Hi! The winners were #17 and #50!


Also, if you are a newsletter subscriber, we are holding our annual sale — 20% off all self-study online classes. Click HERE to subscribe and receive the discount code (sale ends August 21).

Thanks, everyone!

Back to the Drawing Board




It’s summertime for many of us and busy, busy! It’s hard to be indoors when the weather is lovely.

But it’s also time in the Yellow class to buckle down and work on our second series. During this current session we are tasked with making a commitment to a certain set of parameters: media, subject matter, etc.

But this takes a bit of exploration first, of course, so I’ve been enjoying my table time!

I hope you are all having a wonderful month.


Moving & Childhood Artwork

I spent the last four days in California helping my mother go through things, pack, and get rid of stuff in anticipation of her move to a residential home this fall. She was a great sport about the whole thing and it was a bonding time for us!


I was secretly hoping to find some hidden box of art from my childhood (though I wasn’t very hopeful, as I had never seen any). Unfortunately there was no box, but we did unearth this little painting done at an art camp when I was 11 years old:


All of us in the class painted the same thing as I remember, so I’m afraid it doesn’t tell much about me as a child, except that I was pretty good at following directions!

In four days we filled 48 boxes and 20 trash bags, and there’s more to go!

This has inspired me, upon return, to try to clear out my own stash of stuff in anticipation of a forthcoming move (date TBD, but forthcoming nonetheless!).

In one day I’ve filled one bag.



Kids Art Week 2016 – FREE!

“Kids Art Week” FREE!
with Carla Sonheim
One-Week Class; 5 Video Lessons

Class Dates: July 25-29, 2016
Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

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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. All you need are some basic art supplies and less than an hour a day!

… and, it’s FREE!


Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: Paul Klee Name Paintings (Crayon & Watercolor)
Lesson 2Dubuffet Figures (Crayon & Watercolor)
Lesson 3Motherwell Paper Bag Collages (Collage)
Lesson 4Hundertwasser Houses (Markers)
Lesson 5: Picasso Dogs (Collage & Crayon)

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Sample images:






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Supplies Needed:

Tempera or acrylic paint, markers, crayons, watercolors, pencils, brown paper bag, watercolor paper (or other stiff paper), imagination and sense of fun!

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It’s Free! Sign your kids up today!


Click HERE for more info and to sign up.

In-Person Workshop in Mexico Open for Registration

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Lynn Whipple and I are teaching in San Miguel, Mexico in February 2017!

!Fiesta Flores! A Week in Flowers
February 17-25, 2017

The workshop is presented by Kathie Vezzani of Bellissima Art Escapes. Kathie creates well-rounded, pampered experiences, including finding the BEST restaurants and food, walking tours of the area, artist visits, and even cooking classes!

But the main event is five full painting days… and FLOWERS! I will be teaching many of my “Flower Crazy” techniques and Lynn will be teaching “Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting,” one of our most popular online classes to date. (I’m so looking forward to painting alongside Lynn too!)

If an event like this interests you, please click HERE for more information.

Thank you, Kathie, for having us again!


Fairy Tale Summer


Hi Everyone!

Fairy Tale Summer — our last class of the summer* — begins this coming Tuesday, June 21!

We are re-running an edited version of the year-long class from 2014, “Year of the Fairy Tale.” Assignments will be modified slightly for the summer session for a “doable” class, but you will have forever access so you can revisit the lessons anytime (and do the full assignments if desired). This is the last time this course will run live.

Class dates are June 21 – August 11, 2016; we will illustrate 8 fairy tales, one each week; each fairy tale includes both a drawing assignment (Tuesdays) and a mixed-media assignment (Thursdays).

Just $149. Click HERE for details and to sign up!

P.S. Previous “year of” participants can join again at no additional cost… email me to get on the list: carla [at] carlasonheim [dot] com.

* except Kids Art Week, July 2016 

Teacher Update: Stephanie Hargrave & Alison O’Donoghue

Hi everyone!

Every few months I ask our teachers what is new in their worlds… here are updates from Stephanie Hargrave and Alison O’Donoghue!




Stephanie writes:

I’ve been the artist in residence at Einstein Middle School since March working on a 40 foot collaborative encaustic piece that will be installed as a permanent piece in the school in July. The project is entitled Biology & Botany, and will have the work of over 50 middle school students embedded into the wax.  It was made possible by a grant from the Shoreline / Lake Forest Park Arts Council Artist in Schools Award, and an award from the Shoreline School District with materials purchased by the Einstein Middle School PTA.
Shows coming up:
Pratt Window in the TK Building, June, Seattle
Confluence Gallery, Group Show, Twisp
Shift Gallery, Group Show, August, Seattle

A photo from the school project:


And some recent encaustic paintings by Stephanie:

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Stephanie’s Online Classes (available now as self-study classes):
Intro to Encaustic Painting – $125
Creating a Modular Encaustic Painting – $85



Alison writes:
News with me is that I am busy painting and drawing and will be showing in the following art Festivals this year.
Salem Art Fair July 15-17th Salem, Oregon
Bellevue Art Fair July 29-31 Bellevue, Washington
Art in the Pearl September 3-5 Portland, Oregon
Along with I have been painting in acrylic I have been exploring ink and watercolor drawings. I am attaching images of new paintings and drawings.
I look forward to teaching another online class as well!
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Alison’s class (available as a self-study):
Birds on Birds in Acrylic Painting – $85


Thank you, Stephanie and Alison!


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