"Untethered" Retreat | Staci Swider - June 7-9, 2019 | Donna Downey Studios Inc
"Untethered" Retreat | Staci Swider - June 7-9, 2019
Studio Workshop

"Untethered" Retreat

  • Instructor Staci Swider
  • Date June 7-9, 2019
Pay with a Payment Plan
Reserve your seat before spots run out!

Skill Level: All Levels

Description: In the midst of working on a mixed-media painting you can feel like you’ve created chaos on the canvas. Let me show you how to turn that chaos into something beautiful. I will take you step-by-step through the creation of three mixed-media paintings; one finished floral, one finished landscape, a third which will get collaged into the other two. I’ll show you how I create a painting from start to finish, including how to build a background, define shapes, create a focal point, and add details.

Supply list:
  • 2 sheets heavy water color rag paper, full sheets 22x30
  • 1 stretched canvas, 24x24 or larger
  • Assorted brushes
  • Starter set Sennelier Oil Pastels
  • Acrylic paint, assortment of colors including but not limited to
    • Two blues 
    • Two yellows 
    • Two reds 
    • White
    • Burnt Sienna 
    • (I like Golden modern theory colors plus Burnt Sienna. Lots and lots of white.)
  • Black Grease pencil
  • something in which to rinse brushes
  • old rag for hands
  • Aileen’s Tacky Glue or similar

a note about color: If you already have a working palette of acrylic paint colors that you find comfortable, you are welcome to use those instead of my suggestions. I prefer to work with a limited palette of primary colors and do all of my mixing from that starting point.

Staci Swider has been making art forever, and she remembers making furniture for her dollhouse out of recycled materials, and clothing for her dolls. This love for design led her to study textile design in college, and later create a career as a fabric designer/stylist in the home furnishings industry. Eventually the corporate world gave way to motherhood, and freelance design replaced boardroom presentations. It was during those years that she discovered a love for paining, initially with watercolors. Currently she paints with acrylics, layering those with oil pastels and grease pencil, throwing a little collage at it on occasion, and building things just to shake it up a little. Staci’s work has been featured in many solo and group shows, and has appeared in Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines among others. Her new book is Acrylic Expressions: Painting Authentic Themes and Creating Your Visual Vocabulary, and she has a new set of four DVDs with Artists Network TV.


* 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.  

Studio events are a 2-4 day immersion in mixed-media art and journaling. These creative weekends are filled with the process driven exploration of creative mediums and applications in an intimate, supportive environment, challenging students to expand their creativity through the exploration of new artistic methods and mediums.


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 our hotel partner.

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

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