Artist Consulting | Donna Downey Studios Inc

Artist Consulting


 artist mentoring program

  • what is an artist mentor?

A one-on-one/artist-to-artist relationship where the focus is on supporting the growth and development of an artist. A mentor provides a source of knowledge, guidance and support, focusing on strengthening an artist’s skills. Choosing to work with a mentor can advance an artist’s journey with the guidance in overcoming the challenges in achieving their goals.

When you choose an art class, or a workshop, are you looking for an instructor or a mentor?
In my experience there’s a big difference between the two.
  • Instructors vs. Mentors
Instructors are artists that teach. If you’re looking for an instructor, focus on a workshop that offers a specific set of skills (such as color mixing or figure drawing).

When choosing which workshops to take consider an instructors style. Look specifically for techniques in the instructor’s work that you’d like to learn or seek out an instructor whose art and technique you admire and enroll in a course that addresses the technique you’re hoping to master.

Workshops are an invaluable resource to artists. They offer first hand knowledge of process, tools, materials and demonstrations by other artists imparting new techniques leading you from one level of proficiency to the next.

Instructors broaden your skills, explore different media, or find new inspiration without any sort of larger directional change in your art. If you’re just looking to master a skill or to inject a little artistic energy into your work, you will probably benefit greatly just from a workshop with a new instructor.

If Instruction is not what you are looking for, you may be looking for a mentor. Lets say you want to explore deeper into your current style or medium. A mentor can lead the way for you by imparting their collective years of working knowledge, therefore, shortening the time or years it takes to reach your goals.  An artist mentor helps guide, encourage and stimulate your desire to improve your work, honing in on your potential and helping you confidently work in the direction of your career goals. We all learn by mistakes, but having a mentor can help skip over some of those mistakes.

A mentor is not a teacher, as much as they are there for supporting, recommending, making suggestions, guidance and encouragement. A mentor helps the artist improve their artwork, target their art marketing/promotion/art business side and help further achieve their other professional art career goals.

I’ve personally found that the artist instructors who had the most to offer in terms of mentoring were those who continued to push themselves to create new art in their own careers. Mentors not only guide you much like an instructor, but they also help you determine the direction you wish to achieve from your art and work with you to plan the next steps of your artistic journey.


Artist Mentoring Program Options

One-on-One Mentoring

You will need access to internet and video chat capabilities or phone if you prefer. A camera or scanner would be handy to send me images of your artwork.

available in 3 week or 6 week session options

initial consultation: ½ hour phone conversation to discuss your needs, availability and expectations from this Service. This includes agreeing a schedule and process with me as your Mentor.

first mentoring session: (one hour video chat) is designed to more specifically determine and define your goals, discuss any creative road blocks, review your time management/workflow, review your artwork & implement a course of action. This will also include suggestions for follow-up work together.

• Subsequent regular communication includes:
o Weekly phone call/video chats
o On-going email communication and feedback
o art exercises for you to practice
o Critique of artwork and on-going assessment.

Private In-Person Sessions

1 or 2 students
* Limited Sessions in 2017
  • Prior to scheduling we will discuss needs/content that you are interested in.
  • All Sessions are scheduled based on availability
  • Class fee is per person
  • Additional materials fee may apply based off of the scope of your project.
  • All skills levels welcome.
Location : Donna Downey Studios
    • 1 Day : $525 per student
    • 2 Day : $725 per student
    • 3 Day : $1025 per student
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      In-Person Workshops

      Art Business Workshop [3 Day]

      Are you looking to design & open your own online and/or brick & mortar studio? Perhaps you already have your own online shop or studio and want to grow it.

      Donna Downey Studios Consulting Workshops are designed to give you the information and training needed to succeed in today's highly competitive art market. Our workshops insure a personalized experience led by Donna and Bill Downey who have owned/operated a successful and growing art studio and online shop for over 10 years.

      This full immersion style class methodology allows you as the Artist and business owner to gain the confidence and competency to open and/or operate your art business efficiently successfully.

      This intensive workshop includes lectures on start-up, operations, management, and hands-on training in our studio. This workshop is designed for Artists, prospective business owners, and existing studio owners. Our students have a true passion and dedication for succeeding in the art industry and want to perfect their craft. 

      Business subjects include: Creating a success online ecommerce website, Concept Development, Business Planning, Business Plans, Studio Design, Studio Ambiance, Selecting Vendors, Operational Systems and Controls, Financial Projections, Marketing Your Business, Social Media and Website Significance, Developing your brand, Logo Creation, Facebook/Instagram Ads, Pinterest, Target Email Marketing, Online Workshop Development & Delivery Content, Offering Artist Workshops & Retreats, Shipping Solutions, and more.

      Custom Workshops at Donna Downey Studios [1-3 Days]

      Many studios/stores in the art & craft industry need specific information in order to grow. Some businesses want to enter into the art & retreat industry but first need information and guidance.

      Donna Downey Studios Consulting provides a "think tank" environment for your company representatives in an environment free from the daily demands of your normal company business. Here they can learn how to design your strategy. We can help develop and fine-tune a specific business strategy that meets the mission and goals of your business.

      Our knowledge of the art industry and our expertise in marketing and public relations make us the logical choice for companies looking to expand or develop their own programs. With the help of our consulting and training services, your company can improve its visibility and bottom line.

      We invite you and/or your staff to a customized 1-3 day training and business seminar at Donna Downey Studios. We will design a seminar to fit your store/studio's specific needs.

      Call us for more information at 704-560-6819

      On-Site Training & Consultation

      If you are unable to make the trip out to Charlotte, NC for our classes, don't worry, we can come to you! We are able to visit your site to either set up training and work with you and your staff one on one. 

      Learn more about our consulting services email or call 704-560-6819