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  • with Ivy Newport
  • April 3-5, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    Expressive Portraits - BLACK AND WHITE

    We will begin in black and white using charcoal and graphite to first learn more about drawing the face, proportions, angles and more. We will also embrace both our dominant and non-dominant hands and experience what each one can offer us. Using my non-dominant hand is how I begin all my expressive drawing now. It has been a revolutionary development in my work and I am amazed time and time again how students also witness something beautiful emerge from this exploration. We will also explore mark making and varying techniques to really make your work evocative!

    Expressive Portraits - COLOR

    The second day we will explore color! We will practice our color mixing and learn more about creating skin tones. Learning how to mix your paints will give you a greater understanding of color and more confidence in your painting!

    We will be layering mediums including acrylic paint, color pencil, oil pastel and yes, even some oil paint! I’m going to show you how to incorporate this beautiful medium into your mixed media work to achieve beautiful results that are approachable and fun! We will also hone our brushwork and blending techniques!

    On our final day we will continue to work on our projects and have time for a group discussion and show and tell.

    *SPECIAL ONE ON ONE CONSULTATION- I would like to also offer 30 minute one on one consultations with students who would like to discuss their creative path and receive input and advice on how and what to focus on as they move forward. For students who want to do this, make sure you bring a sample of your work or have good photos that we can review.

    About the teacher

    Ivy Newport

    Ivy is a published artist, art instructor and creative guide. Her online collection of artistic workshops have served thousands of students internationally and she prides herself on giving devoted care and support to her student body. She spent most of her childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia and received private art education from a well known Australian artist as a young girl of 8 until her family was relocated to America when she was 16. She went on to finish high school in Connecticut and attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, receiving her BFA in Illustration. After graduating she relocated to Austin, Texas where she was employed to create and implement an elaborate art education program at a local Montessori school. Life then took her to New York City, where she was employed by the Whitney Museum of Art working in the President’s office and assisting both the President and the museum’s Trustees. Finally a move to Portland, Oregon led her into the interior design business as a design assistant. A few years later, she owned and operated her own successful Interior Design company. She left this fast paced role to become a mother to her two girls. While at home, Ivy engrossed herself in creative discovery and began to passionately shoot photography and author a blog. These endeavors ultimately led her to the online creative community - which inspired a fruitful and gratifying career as an Art Instructor - teaching both online and in person. Her domestic and international workshops offer rich and expansive creative experiences, with a focus on personal growth and renewal. Ivy’s artistic message is to guide others to their creativity and nurture those special gifts in each of us. She strongly believes that every soul is creative and finding ways to express that creativity is paramount to joy and healing. She has been published in several magazines including, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, and Artful Blogging.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What airport do I fly into?

    Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina

    Do I need to rent a car?

    We offer complimentary rides (at specified times) to and from the airport and shuttle you each day to the studio. For more info, click here.

    Where do I stay?

    You can either book a room at our new studio or get a special rate with one of our hotel partners.

    To book a room at our studio, email or call us at 704-240-8076 or donna@donnadowney.com. For more info on rooms, click here.

    To book a room with a special rate with our hotel partner, see below:

    Quality Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    1550 E Main St, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-623-432-0782
    Book Here

    Hampton Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    129 Roper Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-704-736-2000
    To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 0002759994

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Purchased class spots are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, and the workshop is sold out, please email kelli@donnadowney.com to be put in contact with the first person on the waiting list. From there, the payment must be worked out between both parties. If there is no waiting list, we are unfortunately unable to provide any refund or credit.

    If you would like to enroll in a workshop that has been sold out,
    please send an email to donna@donnadowney.com and you will be put on a waiting list.
    Questions? Contact donna@donnadowney.com