How to draw Fantasy Characters: Summer Art Camp with Stephen Lursen. June 12th - June 16th.
Studio Workshop

How to draw Fantasy Characters: Summer Art Camp with Stephen Lursen. June 12th - June 16th.

  • Instructor Stephen Lursen
  • Date June 12-16, 2017
  • Location Huntersville, NC
Reserve your seat before spots run out!

Young Artist 1 Week Drawing Camp

: How to draw Fantasy Characters

Monday June 12th - Friday June 16th, 2017. 10am - 4pm everyday.


Donna Downey Studios
Instructor: Stephen Lursen


This 5 day art camp will have a primary focus on drawing. All supplies (paper, pencils, blending stumps, etc.) are included. Each class will be 6 hours long for a total of 30 hours of class time and each student will keep his or her work completed in class. lunch is not provided. Please pack a lunch for each day. Water and light snacks are available throughout the day.

Please invite other 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!

Day 1 – Start with the tiny… Today is all about fairies. Little bodies, little wings, and little sparkles of fairy dust.

Day 2 – Diving underwater… Today is all about Merfolk. Mermaids swim in mysterious environments and have such a beauty and grace about them.

Day 3 – Into the forest… Today is about your favorite half human- half beast. Centaurs, Satyrs, Minotaur, Harpies, or even Angels. Pick one to draw!

Day 4 – Deeper into the forest… Today is your favorite mashup of two animals! Have you seen fantastic beasts and where to find them? You can learn to create your own beast or combine two real beasts into one creature! I’ll teach you how!

Day 5 – What is that thundering sound? Today we draw Giants and Giant Folk! How do the proportions and perspective change to give the illusion of massive size?

Bonus Content – It’s about to get hot in here! We are drawing Dragons!!! Choose your favorite color and learn to create not only a dragon’s body, but the scales, wings, and the texture of it all. Maybe even fire! (This content will be taught at the end of each day as campers finish their daily task. This not only motivates each artist to focus, but also rewards them with really fun artwork!)


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

 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 6 hour day with breaks. 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 an hour at a time?

If the answer is yes, they are welcome and encouraged to sign up. It is very possible we may have a range from 6 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 could 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 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?

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 and you will be put on a waiting list.
Questions? Contact

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