Welcome to my 2014 year-long online class:

Year of the Fairy Tale!


“Grimm’s Fairy Tales” was my favorite childhood book, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to spend a whole year illustrating fairy tales!

During this year-long online class, we will illustrate 8 fairy tales (the class will run in two, four-month “semesters,” with a 7-week break in between). Each month you will receive both a sketchbook assignment and a technique-based, mixed-media project via professionally produced videos.


How will this work?

I strive to make sure that every online lesson includes both innovative techniques and the opportunity for personal growth and self expression. “Year of the Fairy Tale” will be an online community where participants from all over the world share their work, their thoughts, and encourage each other. And of course, I am available to comment on all work uploaded throughout the year.

For each of the 8 working months you’ll receive:

• a PDF with that month’s Fairy Tale/Reading Assignment
• a Sketchbook Assignment (each month we’ll pick a focus: the figure, the face, animals, architecture, etc.)
• a Step-by-Step Mixed-Media Project (throughout the year we’ll work with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, graphite, collage….)
• Professionally Produced Instructional Video(s)
• Special Blog Posts exploring each fairy tale’s rich visual history, guest artists, and more
• Instructor Feedback on all uploaded or emailed work

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



Each Reading & Sketchbook Assignment will be released 10 days before the Mixed-Media Assignment. Class begins January 20, 2014.



I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in fairy tales this year, and hope you will join me!

• Cost: $198 USD

• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in (new artists will have the option of also joining a separate facebook group especially for beginners!)

• 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.

• BONUS! The first 50 people to sign up will receive a set of 8 digital fairy-tale-inspired greeting cards (PDF) suitable for printing and sending.

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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. Thanks so much!

Payment plans available on a case-by-case basis. Email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com.

The Season of Giving: A portion of all orders placed before December 25, 2014, will be donated to Rainbow Network, a non-profit organization working with the people of Nicaragua.