***DATES UPDATED***How to draw and paint story illustrations: 6 weeks of homeschool classes (Thursdays) with Stephen Lursen. April - June 2017
Studio Workshop

***DATES UPDATED***How to draw and paint story illustrations: 6 weeks of homeschool classes (Thursdays) with Stephen Lursen. April - June 2017

  • Instructor Stephen Lursen
  • Date April - June 2017
  • Location Huntersville, NC
Reserve your seat before spots run out!

Homeschool Art Six-Week Workshop

How to draw and paint story illustrations


April 20th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, June 1st & 8th. 2017.

Thursdays 10am - 12pm

Donna Downey Studios
Instructor: Stephen Lursen


This 6-week homeschool art class will have a primary focus on drawing for 4 weeks and then painting for 2 weeks. The painting will be on an 11"x14" canvas panel and all supplies (paper, pencils, blending stumps, canvas panel, paint, instruction, etc.) are included. Each class will be 2 hours long for a total of 12 hours of class time and each student will keep his or her work completed in class.

Please invite others potential students to ensure a positive & meaningful art experience for all. Class size minimum is 6 and maximum is 20. Sign up now while space is available!

Week 1 – [4/20/17] story board exercises. How to tell a simple story using 3 pictures. A beginning, middle, and ending. Process can be repeated to improve comprehension and confidence.

Week 2 – [5/4/17] Illustrate an idea. Each student is given a passage of a story to illustrate. They must then take that passage and draw it. The student’s drawings can then be consolidated to tell the whole story at the end of class. These images will then be scanned and emailed out to all parents to have a digital version of the class’ book. (students will keep their original work from all classes)

Week 3 – [5/11/17] Students write a short story and read aloud for the class. Students will then give and receive encouraging feedback and make any desired changes if relevant.

Week 4 – [5/18/17] book is prepared with writing and is ready to be illustrated. Step 1 – pencil drawing. Step 2 – pen over drawing to strengthen contrast and permanence.

Week 5 – [6/1/17] book illustration continues with colorizing the drawn imagery using either markers or color pencils. Student’s choice but must be consistent.

Week 6 – [6/8/17] Books should be finished and are ready for reading aloud for the class. Once all students have read their books there will be a time of affirming critique. Students will talk about what they liked about each story and why.

Q: “What is the age range of the class?”

 A: At Donna Downey Studios, we believe that age has little influence over a student’s interest and ability in making art. For instance, a 14-year-old may have little interest in art and therefor lack the skills and focus required to complete a given project. While a 6-year-old, who loves art, can achieve an unlimited amount of artistic growth simply as a result of focus.

So instead of focusing on an age range/limitation, we choose to create prerequisites based on interest and ability to focus on art for the duration of a 2-hour class. As long as the student can say yes to the following questions, they are welcome in the class regardless of age. 

  • Does the student like making art?
  • Can the student focus on the task at hand for the duration of a 2-hour class?

If the answer is yes, they are welcome and encouraged to sign up. It is very possible we may have a range from 5 to 18 years of age. In the case of varying ability levels, additional complexity or simplicity will be given to the individual student to maintain a healthy level of challenge for each student's level. Those who finish faster will be given more challenging work and those who need more time to complete daily tasks will have reduced complexities within their process to ensure everyone is learning, working, and growing throughout the entire class without being bored or overwhelmed. We do not compare student's work to one another. We do celebrate growth and achievement on an individual basis. 

It is my purpose as a teacher to educate students by demonstration and conversation. To challenge the student to grow in skill, up to and beyond the point of confidence in one’s competence. To respectfully push the student to embrace whatever process is necessary to bravely embark on even the most ambitious of artistic visions. That the student would progress beyond the desire to compare one’s work to another’s and instead embrace the unique potential within. Most importantly, I strive to cultivate a love for the arts and stir up the student’s pleasure in the process of creative expression. 

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, one of the 6 classes may be cancelled. In this situation, you will be notified via email and phone call. We will work to reschedule a make up class where all customers/students can participate. If the whole group can not get together for one make up class, multiple gatherings may occur to ensure customer satisfaction.

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

Questions? Contact bill@donnadowney.com

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?

Hampton Inn & Suites (located 1 mile from Donna Downey Studios)
10305 Wilmington Street, Huntersville, NC, 28078

To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 0002759994

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

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