The Imaginative Face Workshop with Ardith Goodwin | Donna Downey Studios Inc
The Imaginative Face Workshop with Ardith Goodwin
Studio Workshop

The Imaginative Face Workshop with Ardith Goodwin

  • Instructor Ardith Goodwin
  • Date September 8-10, 2017
  • Location Huntersville, NC
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The Imaginative Face With Ardith Goodwin



Class size limited....

Workshop Description...

For many of us, learning to paint a face with symmetry and realism was either a daunting task or a huge goal. It came with fear and trepidation because…. It’s a face! The idea that we could paint a face with emotion, in a different pose than straight forward, or with a creative voice unlike any other was a bit out of the question. Not anymore!

The Imaginative Face workshop is filled with fun, unorthodox techniques that show you how to take the idea of painting a predictable face and creating a unique, one of a kind face based on emotions, altering the facial features, and learning how to change the position of the head on its axis. 

I will teach you how to engage your own creativity to create a painting around a character that you design with personal and imaginative traits. You will also learn how to take a wrecked painting and turn it into a powerful portrait using an altered photo reference, mixed media, and collage.

This workshop will take the fear out of faces and replace it with the fun of realizing altering the painted face is all about freedom, learning to adapt with intuition, and finding out the fundamentals of the facial form that will create dramatic impact for the viewer. It will also give you a ton of insight into how valuable your own creative voice is and how to tap into that when you approach the canvas.

At the end of our time together, you will be carrying with you a rather full bucket of new skills as well as several finished portraits. More importantly you will gain the knowledge of how to create this way again, and again, and again! 


When one considers the life of a creative, they must consider the journey that Ardith Goodwin has walked. Despite years of challenging medical issues, Ardith took her love of imagination, writing, and a drive as an auto-didact to teach herself how to paint, how to manipulate a marking tool, and how to move a line with color and passion. Being raised in the Deep South impacted her creativity a great deal and she taps into that source through her paintings and writings. Her vivid imagination combined with her love of figures has evolved into a body of work wrapped around a magical world: The Land of Ardithian, as well as an energetic span of complete abstraction and sports art.

As an artist, Ardith views her scope of focus a bit differently than most. Mastery of craft to her is using her technical framework across any subject matter, but primarily figures, abstracts, and sports.  It doesn't come from painting the same thing in the same palette many different ways. Instead, she uses fractured line, dynamic movement, transparent layers, complexity, and story, to create a visual language that for her, transcends subject matter. Combined that with a vivid imagination and her passion for color, this colorist chooses not to limit her chroma scope but expand on it, always pushing her use of color, or lack of it, to new heights.

Ardith combines her love of writing and educating with a self-taught passion for art and has been a professional artist for the past 15 years. Despite facing life changing orthopedic challenges, Ardith holds true to her faith and the belief that no matter what challenge life throws her way, nothing will quench her spirit to continue creating, sharing, and inspiring. With joyful determination, she shares her love of art with children and adults through local, national, and online classes and actively promotes the lifestyle of moving through life as a creative.  

Event Schedule........

Friday Sept 8th 2017
10:00am - 5:00PM workshop 
12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch provided at the studio

Saturday Sept 9th 2017
10:00am - 5:00PM workshop
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch provided at the studio

Sunday Sept 19th 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch provided at the studio

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 Cancellations : In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, the class may be cancelled. In this situation, all fees will be reimbursed to students in full.

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?

Hilton Garden Inn (located 4 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
9315 Statesville Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28269
Phone: +1-704-597-7655

To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 3147250

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