Story Craft

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  • with Danielle Donaldson
  • July 30 - August 2, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    On-Site Accommodations 
    Complimentary Airport Shuttle

    July 30th - August 2nd, 2020

    Thursday 10 - 4
    Friday 10 - 4
    Saturday 10 - 4
    Sunday 10 - 3

    Are you inspired by children’s book illustrations? Have you ever wanted to create and illustrate your very own character or storybook scene? I have always loved collecting children’s books filled with illustrations that captures the reader’s attention and ignites their imagination.  Join me for a workshop that will walk you through the process of writing a few inspirational snippets and illustrating a storybook page!  I will share with you some of my personal visual storytelling techniques and approaches. This course is all about learning from others and turning it into something of your very own. A necessary creative process that will help you develop good habits , refine your illustrative watercolor skills and learn new creative techniques that will help you figure out YOUR style.

    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 encourage 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!

    ****All supplies are included**** 

    * 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 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 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 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 and you will be put on a waiting list.
    Questions? Contact