Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists
52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun
By Carla Sonheim
(Quarry Books, Paperback, 9781592536139, 144pp.)
Publication Date: July 2010
Carla Sonheim is an artist 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. Her innovative ideas are now collected and elaborated on in this unique volume. Carla offers a year's worth of assignments, projects, ideas, and techniques that will introduce more creativity and nonsense into your art and life. Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists offers readers a fun way to learn and gain expertise in drawing through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, yet, the readers gain new skills and confidence, allowing them to take their work to a new level.
Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and popular workshop instructor at art retreats such as Artfest, Art & Soul. She has been called a “gifted facilitator" and loves to help adult students recover a more child-like play approach to creating. Carla’s "Girls" paintings are in showcased in numerous galleries nationwide, as well as in private and corporate collections around the world. www.carlasonheim.etsy.com www.carlasonheim.wordpress.com
Book Review, “Running with Scissors” by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, www.craftgossip.com, July 7, 2010
Reclaim your inner artist
If I ever meet Carla Sonheim, I will probably not be able to suppress the urge to hug her for writing “Drawing Lab For Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun”. Loaded with a year’s worth of inspirational prompts, this book is for all of us creative types who stopped drawing right around the third grade because we decided we weren’t talented enough to stick with it. From doodle sketches to paper dolls, this book will renew your confidence and make you want a new sketch book and box of Crayolas.
Book review, Cecil Whig, “5 Things to Do This Week”, Elton, Maryland, July 26, 2010
“This book might be just what you are looking for when escaping this summer’s inexorable hear. The projects and techniques are designed to help adults recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. Find a ton of projects, ideas and techniques that will increase confidence and improve skills.”
Sonheim, Carla. Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises To Make Drawing Fun. Quarry: Quayside. 2010. 144p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9781592536139. pap. $22.99. ART INSTRUCTION
Sonheim, a painter, illustrator, and workshop instructor, uses skills learned by drawing—e.g., learning to “see” and focus, developing your “hand”—to instill the confidence to get wildly creative in mixed media. In 52 weekly projects, she finds inspiration in famous artists, childhood, and nature. One week focuses on “Your Inner Dr. Seuss,” another on drawing 100 experimental portraits. Sonheim hopes to return adults to the creative innocence of childhood. A good choice for artists of any level. - Library Journal, November, 15, 2010