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Pet, Animal, Birds, and Blooms Retreat

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  • with Elizabeth St. Hilaire
  • July 6-10, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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  • About

    Experiment with hand-painting, -staining, -stamping and -patterning your own collage papers through a multitude of techniques. Classroom lecture and demos will be presented for painting paper and collage application. Learn how to rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of an acrylic underpainting.

    Learn how to tear with and without white edges, how to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling, and how to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape. At the conclusion of this workshop, you will have the skills to create impressionistic, painterly collages from initial sketch to complete and ready to hang finished artwork!

    What we'll cover:

    • Transferring your reference image utilizing graphite paper
    • Painting your sketch with a full range of values
    • Hand-painting your own collage papers
    • Ripping and gluing and applying your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your underpainting.
    • How to tear with and without white edges
    • How to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling
    • How to vary the size and shape your paper brush marks
    • Signing and Varnishing your work
    ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED!!! 
     LUNCH, SNACKS, & DRINKS PROVIDED BY ON-SITE CHEF
    TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT PROVIDED
    TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM HOTEL & STUDIO ALSO PROVIDED 
    * 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.
  • 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