Abstract by Design

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  • with Ivy Newport
  • April 16-18, 2021
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    On-Site Accommodations 
    Complimentary Airport Shuttle
    April 16-18, 2021
    Abstract by Design Workshop

    This 3 day workshop will focus on creating beautiful, expressive, soulful, mixed media abstract art. You will leave with at least two pieces, ready to hang in your home, sell or give as a gift.

    Day ONE - Wild & Wonderful Layers

    We will begin the day choosing our color palettes for our two abstracts. Then we will play with some thumbnail sketches and compositional explorations. I will explain the elements of composition and the aesthetic principles involved in artmaking.

    Then we will begin to collage, layer media and express ourselves with mark making, patterns, writing, and color. These first layers will be impulsive, intuitive and full of movement.  Wild, expressive and free! Your inner child will delight in the process. You will literally be imbuing the painting with your energy - magical to be sure! We will work both pieces simultaneously in a beautiful flow.

    DAY TWO - Pathfinding & Problem Solving

    The second day we will work together to identify the strongest parts of our pieces. We will again discuss composition and put these principles to work in our paintings. Learning to analyze our work is key to successful painting and strengthening our self-trust and intuition.

    Learn where the eye travels on the canvas and create pathways into your art so as to draw in your viewer and create visual delight and mystery.

    Together, we will quiet areas of the work and emphasize others, bringing cohesion, balance, and harmony to the pieces. We will add stunning finishing touches to bring the work to completion. 

    In addition to learning many mixed media techniques and expanding your color knowledge, you will walk away with a greater understanding of composition and the editing process of painting.


    On our final half day together we will finish up any remaining work and then have a group discussion and reflect upon on both our art and our experience.

    About the teacher

    Ivy Newport

    Ivy is a published artist, art instructor and creative guide. Her online collection of artistic workshops have served thousands of students internationally and she prides herself on giving devoted care and support to her student body. She spent most of her childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia and received private art education from a well known Australian artist as a young girl of 8 until her family was relocated to America when she was 16. She went on to finish high school in Connecticut and attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, receiving her BFA in Illustration. After graduating she relocated to Austin, Texas where she was employed to create and implement an elaborate art education program at a local Montessori school. Life then took her to New York City, where she was employed by the Whitney Museum of Art working in the President’s office and assisting both the President and the museum’s Trustees. Finally a move to Portland, Oregon led her into the interior design business as a design assistant. A few years later, she owned and operated her own successful Interior Design company. She left this fast paced role to become a mother to her two girls. While at home, Ivy engrossed herself in creative discovery and began to passionately shoot photography and author a blog. These endeavors ultimately led her to the online creative community - which inspired a fruitful and gratifying career as an Art Instructor - teaching both online and in person. Her domestic and international workshops offer rich and expansive creative experiences, with a focus on personal growth and renewal. Ivy’s artistic message is to guide others to their creativity and nurture those special gifts in each of us. She strongly believes that every soul is creative and finding ways to express that creativity is paramount to joy and healing. She has been published in several magazines including, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, and Artful Blogging.

  • 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