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Expressive Folk Art Faces with Mystele

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  • with Mystele
  • November 13-15, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    Expressive Folk Art Faces

    November 13-15, 2020

    Friday 10-5

    Saturday 10-5

    Sunday 10-4

    ****All supplies included****

    In three days together, I’ll demo different ways I bring my folk art faces to life, but more importantly, I want to help you dive more deeply into who you are, what you know, what you believe, what you’ve experienced, what you like, what you see- you get the picture!- so that you create faces (and everything else) with freedom of expression and a childlike willingness to TRY for the sake of learning rather than production.

    For me, faces are about mark-making and using those marks to build something familiar to the eye rather than creating a realistic face or something that’s “recognizable”. The creative process (the doing, the making, the exploring) is the space in which you gain cumulative understanding about your authentic creative voice. Over time, you learn to pay attention to how you are feeling about the color, texture, line, shape, etc. and how everything is playing together. You learn what you like- what’syou. It’s so important to pay attention to the process and to always be willing to be a learner, to let things “fall apart” (or even make things fall apart) as you’re working in order to get to that place that is more free and authentic. I think the in-between is the best part of art making because in it you must look, listen, pay attention. It’s where you learn to remain open to possibility. Art that comes from that place, that seeking place, communicates. It speaks.

    All in all, expressive faces are a series of marks that come from your hand in your creative process, and the only rule maker for your art is you. I’m excited to share my process with you in the hopes that seeing another artist at work will ignite your curiosity and help you flourish in your own creative practice. Let’s do this thing!


    * 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