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Expressive Figurative and Portrait

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  • with donna downey
  • August 6-9, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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  • About

    Thursday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    One hour lunch break daily

    all supplies included

    students should expect to complete 2-4 pieces of art

    students may work in acrylic or oil


    • using photo references (students encourages to bring personal references to work from)
    • developing the figure using value and tone
    • breaking the cycle of painting too tight
    • broadening your brushwork
    • working with brushwork as well as palette knife and rubber scraper
    • color mixing for skin tones
    • abstracting the figure for more expressive energy
    • using shadow and light to shape the figure/portrait

    All skill levels encourage to participate in this 4 day workshop. As a teacher I meet you where you are and push you beyond what you think you can achieve. Figures and portraits are full of life and energy and it is the goal of the workshop the help you paint more expressively and with out fear.


    * 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. 

    About the teacher

    donna downey

    Donna Downey is an accomplished painter, bestselling author, instructor, and entrepreneur with a passion for nurturing the creative development of other artists. Her artist studio, located on 23 secluded, wooded acres in an idyllic setting has been an escape to many artists seeking to grow and fulfill their potential. Through her own endeavors, Inspiration to Action Retreats, mentorship opportunities, and creative development, she has helped foster the creativity and journey of countless artists. By applying proven methods and experiences, I seek to equip and empower artists to discover their full creative potential. Whether you are an accomplished artist or just beginning your creative journey, I invite you to join me and grow.

  • 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