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 three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim.

Steve and Carla offer online classes in drawing, painting and mixed-media with a variety of talented teachers. To see our class offerings, click HERE.

Carla lives in Seattle, WA.

email: carla[at]carlasonheim.com


Mission for our Classes:

• TECHNIQUE & CREATIVITY. We strive to make sure that every class includes both innovative techniques and the opportunity for personal growth and self expression.
 • COMMUNITY. Because of our “live” format, each class becomes an online community where students can share their work, their thoughts, and can encourage each other.
 • INSTRUCTOR FEEDBACK. In addition, every class member has the opportunity to have their work commented on by the instructor, who is also available by email for the duration of the class.

“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.” — Kelly H.


Artwork by Carla 


Here are samples of some of my drawings and paintings. I mainly work in watercolor, but often add pencil, charcoal, pastel, collage, and more. I tend to stick to people and animals and, more recently, flowers. This is just a start. I tend to work quickly and small, so the amount of pieces I have amassed in the past ten years is kind of large.