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Spirit Mama

  • with Danielle Donaldson
  • July 25th -27th, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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     Retreat Schedule:

    Saturday 12 - 5

    Sunday 10 - 4

    Monday 10 - 4

    ****Supplies are included****

    Spirit Mama

    Sweet, but quirky animals and their sassy mamas – what can be better than this?  Over the years, I have loved drawing spirited creatures and lovely girls.  In this course, you’ll get to see how I combine two of my favorite character types to make intricately illustrated Spirit Mamas!  Together we’ll create girls that are guided through life with their close partner, protector and happy little side-kick: their spirit animal. 

    We’ll spend a day breaking down my drawing process and basic animal shapes and defining characteristics that can be used to create a variety of animals.  On our second day, we’ll develop our characters and add dramatic hairstyles. On our last day together, we’ll create a frame-worthy spirit animal tucked in a beautiful mama.

    Throughout the course we will have a wide variety of fun exercises and engaging activities, all tailored to support you and your creative process.  While all levels of artists are free to attend, some basic watercolor experience is very helpful to ensure you get the most out of the process.

    In this workshop, we have access to Donna’s amazing studio and all the classroom supplies that come with it! This is a MIXED-MEDIA workshop with a giant dose of pencil work and watercolor.

    ·         Oh, and if watercolor isn’t your thing but you love my art, you can play with acrylic, inks, gouache, pens, etc. - this will be a true mixed-media experience!

    ·         If you have a go-to medium you love, I highly encourages you to bring your favorites like a set of pens, inks or paints. While it’s always amazing to play with all sorts of goodness in Donna’s classroom, sometimes it makes your learning curve a bit easier when you use your stuff.

    ·         Oh, and this applies to your watercolors too! A beautiful limited-palette of Daniel Smith watercolors will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own expanded palette to get the most out of the weekend!


    * 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. 


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  • 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