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Large Loose Strokes & Dynamic Colors

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  • with Elly Smallwood
  • June 11-13, 2021
  • Lincolnton, NC

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  • About

    Class description:
    In this class students will learn how to paint dynamic and emotional portraits with large loose brush strokes and dynamic colours. Three portraits will be completed, each one beginning with a charcoal sketch. On the last days students will learn how to take their own reference photos with a focus on finding compelling compositions, and will then paint a portrait from those on the last day.

    Students will work to create 3 large scale canvases.
    (Canvases and supplies included)

    Topics covered: 
    - how to draw the proportions of a face
    - mixing your colours from the three primaries
    - painting with large and bold brush strokes 
    - taking reference photos
    - creating your own compositions 

    Class Hours: 

    • Friday 10-5 
    • Saturday 10-5
    • Sunday 10-5

    About the Instructor:
    Elly Smallwood is an artist living and working in Canada. She is currently exhibiting primarily in Europe and travels internationally for exhibitions and workshops. Her art is focused on creating emotional and raw portraits of the people in her life. 

     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 kelli@donnadowney.com or call 704.240.8076 for availability and pricing. 

    About the teacher

    Elly Smallwood

    Elly Smallwood is an artist living and working in Canada. She is currently exhibiting primarily in Europe and travels internationally for exhibitions and workshops. Her art is focused on creating emotional and raw portraits of the people in her life.

  • 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