Abstracts in Cold Wax and Oil

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  • with Jodi Ohl
  • March 12-14, 2021
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    On-Site Accommodations 
    Complimentary Airport Shuttle

    March 12-14, 2021
    10:00 - 4:00

    Morning Session will include:

    • preparing surfaces
    • learning about supplies
    • watching demonstration of techniques
    • jumpstarting projects
    • composition discussions

    Afternoon Session will include working on paper and beginning work on wood surfaces. 

    10:00 - 4:00

    Morning Session will include a variety of demonstrations and discussions on layering, revealing and concealing, and working with colors

    Afternoon Session will focus on shifting, editing, refining and developing our studies.


    Are you interested in creating a series of abstract paintings with oil paints and cold wax, but don't know where to begin?

    Join author, instructor and mixed media artist Jodi Ohl in this spectacular and fun filled 3-day workshop where you will learn the basics of painting with oil paints and cold wax! Trying something new is scary, but we will make it easy on you in this clear, step by step process that will cover everything from beginning to end.

    In this workshop, the following concepts will be covered:

    • How to paint with oil paint and cold wax.
    • Learn the process from prepping to completion.
    • Create a series of abstract work on paper and wood surfaces.
    • Create distinctly textured landscapes and other geometric patterned abstract paintings.
    • Explore layering, mark making, and some collage techniques.
    • Focus on color, value, and composition where we will be ‘planning for the unexpected”.

    Our last session will be spent examining and enhancing our compositions based on the work and discussions leading up to the finalization of our projects.

    Students should have ample time to finalize projects. Please note, cold wax and oil paintings do take up to a month to fully dry and cure. If you are traveling by plane, you may want to make arrangements with Donna Downey Studios to ship your work home that may need more time to cure. You may also want to bring wax paper to cover your work up for travel purposes as well. 

    What supplies/materials you will need for this class:

    Most supplies will be provided to you and are included in the cost of the workshop. The minimal list of supplies that students are responsible for bringing will be available for students two months prior to the workshop dates.

    * 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. 

    About the teacher

    Jodi Ohl

    Jodi Ohl is a best-selling author, award winning mixed media artist and creative instructor, originally from Dunkirk, NY, who now resides in Aberdeen, NC. Having left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations which are often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature. Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition. Published in over 36 international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, Acrylic Artist, as well as a contributor to 7 mixed media books. For three years in a row, Jodi’s paintings have been featured in the curated books featuring the best of mixed media, “Incite 2,3 and 4”. In 2016, Jodi had the distinct honor of being the featured artist in Somerset Studio magazine’s Nov/Dec issue has been a regular guest columnist for Cloth Paper Scissors over 9 years. Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity. She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and several others along the East Coast. In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US. When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Joshua and Zachary as well as other friends and family. Jodi’s first book “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink” was recently released by North Light Books and is currently working on her second publication due out in the Spring of 2020. Combining her approachable teaching and writing style, Abstract in Acrylic and Ink, is much like having a seat next to the artist at one of her popular workshops. Jodi welcomes visitors to her website Jodi Ohl (www.jodioohl.com) where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.

  • 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