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WHAT IF... The Girl with the Rainbow Brain

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  • with Danielle Donaldson
  • October 12-14, 2019
  • Lincolnton, NC

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  • About

    Join me for a workshop filled with the most important skill you can nurture to grow your art – your very own magical and one-of-a-kind IMAGAINATION.


    In our time together, we’ll learn new ways to think and be inspired by the everyday creative wanderings our big and beautiful rainbow-brains. Using my new learning method, THE WHAT-IF STORIES, I show you just how to look at our world and turn them into imagination-filled, visual stories – illustrations – that in turn, will help you grow your artistic voice.


    To begin, we’ll explore how to create intricate textures and patterns with our mechanical pencils – a satisfying meditation of sorts.  Next, get ready for some color play – bold washes with ever-so delicate ways to mingle and layer the oddest assortment of colors. Lots of pint-sized washes, glazes and line work with a combination of watercolors, colored pencil and white gouache and ink.  In the end, you’ll leave with your very own, RAINBOW BRAIN illustration, ready to mat and hang in your corner of the creative world.


    You’ll learn how to:

    • Draw intricate patterns and textures with depth
    • Choose, mix and transition watercolors with confidence
    • Paint beautiful watercolor washes with crisp, clean edges
    • Learn about adding value scale to your composition
    • Play with gouache and ink to clean up work and mix warm and cool “whites”
    • Tap into your imagination and create more unique artwork through fun exercises, prompts and challenges


    We’ll be using:

    • Watercolor and printmaking paper
    • Daniel Smith watercolors
    • White ink and gouache
    • Colored pencils
  • 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