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Broken & Beautiful: The Art of Industrial Grunge

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  • with Judie
  • July 17-19, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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     Broken & Beautiful: The Art of Industrial Grunge

    “Destruction is also creation.” – Marcel Duchamp

    July 17th - 19th, 2020

    Friday: 10-5

    Saturday: 10-5

    Sunday: 10-4

    ****All supplies are included****

    Day 1:  Students will learn techniques to simulate worn, industrial-like textures and create a personal swatch book with recipes for later reference.

    Day 2:  Students will continue working on their swatch books and will also be introduced to industrial grunge design principles and create projects on different substrates.

    Day 3:  Students will continue working on and perfecting individual pieces.


    Join me in this broken and “oh so beautiful” adventure!  Industrial grunge is an amazing artistic journey that simulates urban industrial textures – think rust, patina, concrete, iron, aluminum, burnt surfaces, etc.  Broken, worn out or decayed structures have the most beautiful textures – making this class perfect for texture addicts and grunge aficionados alike.  Learn the secret to making texture come alive in a painting and experiment with highly contrasted textures to give your piece the ultimate wow factor.

    During the class, students will work with different mediums and learn to create their own organic looking texture pastes and how to use artistic pastes and gels, along with everyday items, to create beautiful industrial grunge effects.  Students will also learn how to imitate 3D elements such as nail heads, screws, washers and bolts for inclusion on their industrial grunge pieces.

    In addition to developing a library of grunge techniques, students will also be exposed to my methods of designing industrial grunge abstract pieces and learn how these effects can be incorporated into different art genres such as representational portraiture and florals.

    I am a self-taught artist and have been creating my entire life – working in both digital design and with traditional art materials.  I am both honored and excited to share my newest creative adventure with you!


    * NOTE : Students staying with us in our on-site accommodations will also receive continental breakfast, Chef prepared dinner, unlimited access to studios & art supplies, and on-site amenities. To inquire about on-site lodging contact donna@donnadowney.com or call 704.240.8076 for availability and pricing. 

  • 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