2016: “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
NOTE: Even though class has started, please join us anytime!

Price: $198.00



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.

I have found a lot of value working in series over the years; choosing and sticking with one media/subject matter for a period of time really has helped me… and I will share with you what I can about the process.

Are you ready to work hard in a fun environment? 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!). AND! Of course I will answer any and all questions, via FB or email. 😀

• 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.

• You will have access to the “Y is for Yellow” class materials for one year after the class ends (so until December 31, 2017).

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

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

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Price: $198.00

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Do you know someone who would like this class? Gift a class, and I’ll send you a downloadable gift card to give to the recipient.

Price: $198.00

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We do have a 2-payment plan, which you can access HERE.

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


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Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. She is the author of Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a bestselling book, having sold over 75,000 copies!

Two more books were released Fall 2012: Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop (Quarry Books) and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone (Perigee Books), and in 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim.

One of her students writes, “Carla just shines and is so gentle and generous that you will work hard all day and come out energised and inspired. Most importantly though, [her] class was a touchstone in my artistic journey, giving me the courage to stop resisting, and open myself to my creative voice.”

Carla lives in Seattle, Washington.

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