Registration is OPEN! “Y is for Yellow”


“Y” is for Yellow: A 26-Lesson, Year-Long Class
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
Drawing, Painting, Mixed-Media • $198 

First Lesson: Friday, January 8, 2016



Welcome to my 2016 year-long online class:

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

In this class we will march through the alphabet as a fun way to move through our year (“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 — 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.

Let’s refine, focus, and create a body of work this year!


In this class:

• 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.)

• 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!

• 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.

• There will be 12 “light” weeks where you have the time and space to work independently on your chosen series. The goal is to complete three small series of work by the end of the year, with each participant choosing their own subject matter and media.

• 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.)

• You can view a PDF of the “Y is for Yellow” schedule, HERE.

• “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!).


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




• All levels welcome and encouraged to join in!

• Registration fee is good for people living in a single household.

• Instructor Feedback: I will be active in the Facebook Forum and available M-F for feedback. This year I will try to focus on deeper, broader feedback each day at the top of the page, so I can’t promise to comment on each submission (though I will try!)

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

• If you’d like to know more about how our online classes work in general, CLICK HERE.

• If you have any questions, please email me at carla[at]

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

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Year-Long Class… Still Coming Soon!


The artwork above was supposed to go up last Tuesday, when we had planned to get registration open for the 2016 Year-Long class. But we missed the deadline… and then, like a doctor’s office, have been unable to work it in our very full schedule the rest of this week… so sorry for the delay!

Yesterday and today, we have Diane Culhane here filming her next class (set to start later January 2016), and the day before that I needed to finish up my very last “Year of the Spark!” lesson (Lynn Whipple still has one more to go!)

Here is a detail of the Spark! lesson… a “Happiness Collage Painting” where we go back through the year and create a piece using drawings and paintings completed throughout the year as starting points:


Anyway… thank you for your patience! Registration for the 2016 year-long will now open early next week.

And in the meantime, don’t forget that Fred Lisaius has a short “Holiday Gift Paintings” class next week… just $25… and he will walk you through painting three 5″x7″ acrylic paintings. Class begins Tuesday, December 8th. Join us!


Registration Open for Fred Lisaius’ “Holiday Gift Paintings”

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“Holiday Gift Paintings”
with Fred Lisaius
A 3-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class

Class Dates: December 8-11, 2015


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!


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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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.




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“Imaginary Creatures” Online Class Begins Tuesday


I’m getting ready to send out the email to those signed up for “Imaginary Animals,” which will include links to the blog and class Facebook pages.

This reminded me that I should remind you that class begins Tuesday, November 17th!

I love this “abstract-start” way of working and enjoyed revisiting the techniques when re-filming this favorite class.

Please join me! Details HERE.

Registration Open for an All-New “Imaginary Creatures”


Imaginary Creatures
Instructor: Carla Sonheim
A 4-Lesson, Two-Week Class (+ bonus video)
Drawing, painting, mixed-media • $65
Class Dates: November 17-27, 2015

Note: This is a remake of a class created in 2011. If you have previously taken Imaginary Animals, you can receive 25% off the price of this new class by going HERE. Thank you!



Create your own zoo of imaginary creatures from random watercolor marks!

This is one of my favorite classes to teach, as all the animals created are so unique and fun.

We will draw from life, from photos, and from our imaginations. Then you’ll learn no-fail watercolor tricks to create a series of your own imaginary creatures on paper. You’ll put the finishing touches on with pen, colored pencil, marker, collage, or whatever else the piece “needs.”

Also in each lesson “real” drawing exercises to help imbue personality and life into your imaginary animals.

Each lesson day you will receive a worksheet assignment, a drawing assignment, and a painting assignment.

Then, what to do with them? Besides framing, there will be a bonus video with holiday gift ideas of what to do with your unique creations.

Take this class if you love animals, want to learn more about watercolor and layering mixed-media, or just want to explore the “random” and “play” factor in drawing and painting.



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Your itinerary:

Lesson 1
Sidewalk Cracks, One-Liners, & Mini Blob Animals
Tuesday, November 17

Lesson 2
Wrong-Handed Drawings, Blind Contours, & Abstract Starts
Thursday, November 19

Lesson 3
From Photos, Contours, & Watercolor Layers
Tuesday, November 24

Lesson 4
Drawing Textures, Details & Shading, & Mini Blob Animals
Bonus Video! Five gift ideas to make from your animal characters.
Thursday, November 26


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Please join me! For more details and to sign up, go HERE.



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