Amira Rahim "Passion Color Joy" | Donna Downey Studios Inc
Amira Rahim "Passion Color Joy"
Studio Workshop

Amira Rahim "Passion Color Joy"

  • Instructor Amira Rahim
  • Date August 25-27, 2017
  • Location Huntersville, NC

Amira Rahim "Passion Color Joy" Workshop

Objective: To introduce beginner and intermediate artists to principles of successful abstract paintings including composition, color theory, and paint application. Upon successful completion of the course, students will leave with the tools to paint fearlessly and with more authority on their quest for mastering abstraction. Students will also leave with a fresh approach on acrylic painting techniques and color to help them with all genres of painting, be it abstract painting or figurative



Course Outline:

1. What is Abstraction?

- Abstract painting is non-objective, non-representational art that uses elements like design, texture, color, and composition to evoke an emotion or express a point of view

- Discuss successful abstract paintings from some of the masters (Diebenkorn, Pollock, Mitchell, OKeefe, etc)

2. Value

- Before one can understand color, one must understand value

- Create a monochromatic abstract using just 1 color and white/black

3. Composition & Design

- Discuss the basic structure of each (i.e. pattern play, color fields/color blocking, mark making, writing, and several compositional approaches that can be found in abstract art)

- Students will complete one monochromatic painting in one color of their choosing

4. Color Theory

- Introduce my understanding of color theory and my palette preferences (Magenta, Prussian Blue, Dioxide Purple, etc).

- Students will complete a few color mixing exercises to familiarize them with color harmony, warms and cools, and the color wheel

- Students will rework their initial monochromatic piece by introducing 2-3 more colors to incorporate



Friday August 25th - 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday August 26th - 10:00am-5:00pm  

Sunday August 27th - 10:00am-3:00pm


Workshops Policies : Half-day, full-day, multi-day workshops, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. Once you purchase a workshop you will be enrolled.

Due to limited class size, purchased spots for all workshops are transferable but payment is non-refundable. What this means: If you buy a class spot and are unable to attend, and if there is a waiting list of students that has formed, we will put you in contact with the first person on the list to whom you can offer your class spot. If the person on the list accepts, then that person will need to pay you for your spot and once that transaction is complete and both parties are satisfied, we will transfer your spot to the other person. If you are unable to attend and there is no waiting list, we will unfortunately be unable to provide refunds.

Emergency Cancelations : In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, the class may be cancelled. In this situation, all fees will be reimbursed to students in full.

If you would like to enroll in a workshop that has been sold out, please send an email to and you will be put on a waiting list.

Questions? Contact

Studio events are a 2-4 day immersion in mixed-media art and journaling. These creative weekends are filled with the process driven exploration of creative mediums and applications in an intimate, supportive environment, challenging students to expand their creativity through the exploration of new artistic methods and mediums.


What airport do I fly into?
Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina

Do I need to rent a car?
No, we will pick you up from the airport and shuttle you each day to the studio

Where can I park?
Parking is located along the left side of the building

Which hotel do I book?

Hilton Garden Inn (located 4 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
9315 Statesville Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28269
Phone: +1-704-597-7655

To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 3147250

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