I love monotypes and I love working with Anita! In this class she makes monotype printmaking accessible to anyone… and you don’t need a press! And like all of her classes, she combines her clear teaching style with a spirit of inventiveness and freedom. We will roll, wipe, scribe, dab, fingerpaint and design in seven creative lessons!
In this class we will:
• Experiment with the printmaking process of monotype in black + white and color • Work with color and value to evoke mood • Discover new shapes + lovely, creative mark making. • Find texture to create depth of surface, space and perhaps mystery • Launch your imagination: creating prints with surprising + unique qualities
Class begins October 4th… details and sign up HERE!
Hi! I want to try your classes but I’m feeling intimidated because I don’t know how draw at all. Which of your classes would you recommend for a beginner? I was looking into “drawing workshop” and “sketching” but I’m not sure if those are for beginners. Thank you! —Julie
Thank you so much for your email!
So many of our classes are great for people who are new to drawing! It’s our hope that some of these classes allow you to really embrace drawing as something fun to do and that the results can sometimes make us laugh, sometimes not, but it’s always exciting to “see what happens!”
Here are the teachers that have drawing classes or there is a lot of drawing involved, and I’ve put them in order of “less traditional” to “more traditional.” It really depends on your learning style and you can’t go wrong I don’t think with any of them.
I would recommend picking a class that seems most FUN to you… and I recommend this in all seriousness. Choose something that seems like it would be fun to do, not what you think you “should” do first. It will all come in time.
But which class or teacher gives your stomach a little ping of excitement? That’s the one to start with, I think.
Good luck to you!! Write back if needed…
NOTE: I wanted to start sharing some of the questions and answers I get. 😀
Michèle Landsaat is primarily an illustrator and printmaker, and her fantastic paper mache sculptures really are a three-dimensional continuation of her illustrations and narrative prints.
Michèle finds that sculpting her characters informs her prints and vice versa, and it has become an integral part of her art practice. The simple, forgiving nature of paper mache is non-threatening way to reimagine your two dimensional work into three dimensions using basic materials like crumpled newsprint and flour and water. And, its fun! She will show us how to use Japanese paper to finish the sculptures and how to add line work features.
Here is the promo video:
And samples of her sculptures!
The videos are pre-recorded and will be available on the following schedule:
Lesson 1 – Tuesday, June 21 Lesson 2 – Wednesday, June 22 Lesson 3 – Friday, June 24
Lesson 4 – Tuesday, June 28 Lesson 5 – Wednesday, June 29 Lesson 6 – Friday, July 1
Week 1 Lesson 1 – Sketch Your Designs & Make Paper Mache Paste Design your figure… will it be an animal, a person, or…? Some drawing tips and considerations. Make a bunch of quick sketches and prepare your paste, too.
Lesson 2 –Wire, Crumpled Paper & Masking Tape Today you will work on building the initial form of your figure. Shape with wire, using your sketch as a guide, and add multiple layers of crumpled newsprint and masking tape until you are satisfied. Smooth your surface as you go.
Lesson 3 – Editing Your Form; First Paper Mache Layer Cut away and build up places to help shape your form. Add ears and other details with paper and tape. Add your first layer of paper mache with newsprint. Let dry overnight.
Week 2 Lesson 4 – Second Layer & Hanging Hooks Cut away any lumpy areas and create hooks for hanging; then add your second layer of paper mache using Japanese paper.
Lesson 5 – Drawing Features & Third Layer Draw or paint a variety of features to choose from using the media of your choice. Michele will demo using gel pen, colored pencil and acrylic paint. Let these dry overnight. Also, add your third and final layer of paper mache. Let dry overnight.
Lesson 6 – Applying the Features Adhere features to final layer using paste or glue stick. Take your time with this last important step, which will determine the personality of your finished sculpture!
EDIT: The winners have been chosen! The following were randomly picked: Cynthia, Katrin, Anne Schwankhart, JoAnna Crone and Susan Sutcliffe. Congratulations, and thank you, everyone!
We are GIVING AWAY We have given away five copies of Laurie Rosenwald’s brand spanking new creativity book, “How to Make Mistakes on Purpose!” We are working on a class with her which will now run in September.
To enter, please leave a comment here at the blog by Sunday, April 3rd, and we will randomly pick five winners on Monday. International entries welcome.
I wanted to just give a rundown of the things that have happened here at Carla Sonheim Presents these first three months of 2022! Here are the top 10 things (with some art I was able to make along the way):
1. January 4, 2022. Our 2022 Yearlong Class began! This year we have 12 guest teachers teaching wonderful projects, and part of the class is me responding to the guest lessons and doing a Zoom session where we might “take it further.” Also, we are working all year on a folded-out “map,” which incorporate bits and pieces from each of the guest teachers.
2. January 11, 2022. Lesson 1 of the yearlong class featured our first Guest Artist, Starheadboy. We painted stickers to place all around town and created acrylic paintings in his style.
3. January 26-27, 2022. Lewis Rossignol flew to Seattle to film his new Procreate class!
7. March 8, 2022. Our third yearlong Guest Artist went live! Stacy Milrany invited us all to go for a walk, observe carefully and curiously, and then make a series of small works inspired by the ideas gleaned from the walk. Super fun.
9. March 21, 2022.Sketchbook Revival began! For the fourth year we are sponsoring Karen Abend’s free event… my lesson was “Stylized Zoom Portraits” and I’ve just loved what everyone has created! It’s not too late to join the fun. Click HERE! (And it’s totally free.)
10. March 21-23, 2022. We filmed the incredibly talented Laurie Rosenwald (whose class will go up forsale in the next few days).
Phew! We’ve been busy. I hope you have had a creative start to the year, too!
All in all, 2021 was a bit of a bumpy road for Steve and me, both physically and mentally. That’s okay, we all have those! But the loopy year nudged me to slow down in 2022 and try to reconnect with my artwork for its own sake a little bit more. I can already feel a renewed excitement!
AND… I get to learn this year from the 12 artists that are part of the yearlong class, and do the lessons myself in order to respond to them in preparation for our Zoom sessions.
Last night I made this batch of stickers a la Starheadboy, our Lesson 1 artist. His lesson was wonderful, I thought… very encouraging and full of wisdom… and, well, stickers!
We also got a lesson on Starheadboy’s unique way of painting in acrylics.
Here is more artwork from Starheadboy, and you can see more here and here.
I am excited to be working this year with Seattle artist Stacy Milrany! I have yet to meet Stacy in person, but we’ve spoken on the phone about her guest lesson for next year’s Yearlong Class and she just exudes positive energy and creative ideas. I love her work and can’t wait for her lesson; we plan to film in February!
Most of my work is inspired by observations of ordinary daily life—sometimes the beautiful, sometimes the bitter, sometimes the mundane—just documenting the truth as I see it and remember it.
I work in a variety of media and especially appreciate those which provide an inherent degree of imperfection and surprise.
My style has probably developed from an appreciation of candor, color, storytelling, and absurdity. Along with my love of watching human behavior and how we move through this world together—as one giant herd of crackpots.
For those of you who have already signed up for the 2022 Yearlong Class, thank you! This year we will have 12 full mixed-media lessons from 12 guest artists… plus Zoom sessions to explore the lessons further and draw and paint together in community! Students of our yearlongs are the nicest people around. Please click HERE for more information and to sign up!
Our first one in 2013 was “Year of the Giraffe”; I just thought it would be fun to spend a whole year during giraffe-related projects! And even though the themes have changed over the years, the idea is always the same: Spend some time every month with each other doing assignments, sharing work and just drawing, painting and collaging!
This year we are asking 12 very special Guest Artists to teach the main lessons. You might know a few of them from past classes like: Henrik Drescher, Andrea D’Aquino and Julie Paschkis. But most of them will be teaching with us for the first time like: Katherine Streeter, Scott Menchin, Yvetta Fedorova, Wu Wing Yee and “Starhead Boy” — plus some surprises and a few yet to be discovered! Reaching out to these illustrators and artists is one of my favorite things to do and I love that we get have lessons from people I have always admired.
I’ve asked the Guest Teachers to create a mixed-media lesson which will include both a warm-up and a main project, and you can expect lessons in acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing and illustration, collage, paper cutting and more! In addition, I have project planned that we will work on together all year long (and will be introduced in the first “Welcome” video January 4th).
A few days after each lesson we will meet via Zoom where I’ll share work inspired by that month’s lesson, demo some drawing and creativity exercises, and then we will continue working together on the month’s assignment or the special project. (It’s also a time to ask any questions and get feedback on works in progress.)
If you’ve taken a yearlong class from me before, you know roughly what to expect! And if you haven’t, I hope you will consider joining our group of like-minded creatives from all over the world!
Carla (and Steve)
Nuts & Bolts
• Guest Artist Lesson Videos will be available the second Tuesday of each month.
• Zoom Work Sessions with Carla will be on the second Friday/Saturday of each month: 5pm PT Fridays and 11am PT Saturdays and will be recorded for those who can’t attend the live event.
• Community Forum. We will have two private forums (Facebook and Padlet) to share our work and be inspired by the work of others.
• No art experience necessary… really! Just jump right in.
Looking through old sketchbooks is my favorite way to break a creative block and it is here that I often find little nuggets of gold: rough characters, doodles and even blobs that can become the start of something new. In this class we will use those starts as stepping stones to create a narrative that can develop into a series of paintings, comic strip, picture book, graphic novel, you name it!
But no worries if you don’t have extensive sketchbooks — we will start the course with some sketching techniques to get you started. Then we will learn ways to simplify and pose characters so they can be drawn again and again, work on techniques in ideation, and then move step by step towards a story. By the end of this class you will have at least one final illustration and, I hope, lots of fun getting there!
Here are some of my illustrations!
Lesson 1 – Finding Your Character In this lesson we will learn some sketchbooking techniques and pick a character you would like to develop further. We will then break down this character into simple shapes and play with proportions.
Lesson 2 – Posing Your Character We will bring volume to the simple shapes we broke down and explore how to use these shapes to create a variety of poses.
Lesson 3 – Color Studies & Shading In this lesson we will clean up our character design, experiment with color and create a small completed watercolor piece.
Lesson 4 – Mind Mapping & Thumbnails Today we’ll do a mind-mapping technique to help us think outside of the box and break away from the first idea.
Lesson 5 – Final sketches We’ll clean up our thumbnails and develop finalized sketches to help inform the story of our final piece.
Lesson 6 – Final Piece Create a final narrative illustration with watercolor and colored pencils.
Nuts & Bolts
– The videos for this class are pre-recorded and will be released on the following time table:
Lesson 1 – Tuesday, November 9 Lesson 2 – Wednesday, November 10 Lesson 3 – Friday, November 12
Lesson 4 – Tuesday, November 16 Lesson 5 – Wednesday, November 17 Lesson 6 – Friday, November 19
Sometimes I receive emails from people new to our site saying they are complete beginners, and which painting or drawing class would be the best to start with.
This is always a hard question to answer, as we are different from many art websites in that we don’t distinguish classes as “beginner” or “advanced” really… almost all classes are suitable for both beginners and accomplished painters alike!
We like to think of it this way:
Imagine going to a movie about Mozart’s life with a friend who knows a lot about Mozart, whereas you know next to nothing. You both go to and enjoy the same movie but for different reasons… you will enjoy learning about his life and career, while your Mozart-knowledgable friend will know the broad strokes already perhaps, but appreciate some of the inside jokes, smaller details, and overall “reminder” of why they love Mozart in the first place. Both “levels” enjoy the movie :).
So I usually ask a few questions to help narrow down which classes to take:
• What are you interested in drawing painting? Abstract? Animals? People? Nature? • Do you know what media you would like to try? Watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, collage, pencil? • Can you list three classes that look most fun to you, and send them to me? Then perhaps we can narrow down a first class!
If you would like help deciding on a class for you, please do email me and I will try to help!