Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

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2017 Art Classes and Workshops (Cold Wax and Encaustic)

I have been teaching art for adults and children (I am licensed in the state of Virginia to teach art Pre K- 12) privately and through the Studio School in Roanoke, and 310 Art Gallery at the Rivers Edge Art Complex in Asheville, NC.

Please contact me by email in regards any questions, classes you'd like to take with me, or if there are classes you are interested in for your art club, or group. I would be happy to come to you!


Be sure to also check the Studio School and 310 Art Gallery websites  for details and updates!
The Studio School

(Click Studio School and 310 Art Gallery above for a direct link to that site.)

  • ON CALL CLASSES - (This is an open schedule; as soon as I have four people with interest, I will schedule a class. Call or email if you are interested.)                                                                                                                                                                 For beginning and advanced students desiring to work with Encaustic, Encaustic Monotype, or Cold Wax, in my home studio or yours. These are one-day or two-day classes and studio time for those who desire to paint with beeswax, hot or cold.  Gina will touch on a brief history of encaustic painting, discuss safety, basic tools of the trade, waxes, pigments, and, techniques (stencils and masks, incising lines, revealing layers, image transfer, collage, and adding texture). The class includes most supplies. Each participant will be able to complete 3-4 pieces. *NOTE: If you have had the intro class in hot or cold wax and want to further your skills, we can work on more advanced techniques using various tools and  techniques. Call or email for more info!

Please contact me by email in regards to private lessons, workshops and classes. I teach a variety of classes and workshops in my studio, at the Studio School, 310 Art Gallery in Asheville, N.C. or location of your choice.

Workshops at 310 Gallery in Asheville, NC:

Secret Messages-Wabi Sabi Mixed Media Mashup (Acrylics) with April 12 &13, 2017

Wed and Thurs, April 12th 10-3 and April 13th 10-1
If you would like us to provide paints and heavy gel medium and collage papers, bring an extra $20 to class the first day. PLEASE let us know if you are requesting materials.This is a great way to create enchanting, Mystical Mixed Media pieces! The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Embrace the ‘flow’ of something beautiful during the class. Excellent class for beginners! Bring at least four cradled wood boards  8" X 8"  - 1 ½” to 2” deep, your acrylic inks (alcohol inks work great too!), a Small container of  heavy matte gel medium (not gloss), Collage papers in natural tones (natural papers, vintage printed, ephemera, pattern paper, handwritten paper… your choice!)

Wax, Paper, Thread! With Gina Louthian and Erin Keane, June 3, 4, 2017

June 3rd and 4th, 10-4
“Go with the flow” with mark making and merrymaking in wax! Explore unconventional tools to create unique textures and designs on a diverse sampling of papers. Learn techniques for personal expression in wax, paper, thread, and sew your pages into a simple yet beautiful bound journal.

Encaustic Pendants Coming In 2017 FULL
Friday June 6thth, 2017, 10-4
Fee includes all wax, bezel setting, solder, soldering irons and soldering setups an other items needed!
Participants will create one fine premade bezel piece and up to three soldered pendants, 1” wide and up to 3” long.  Use wax, metal and small inclusions you may wish to bring such as dried flowers, small inspirational words, bits of collage/decorative papers, or small charms. Learn fantastic skills and have fun in this exciting new class at 310 ART. (Extra materials will be available for purchase should you wish to create more.)

Please contact me directly by email in regards to private lessons, workshops and classes. I teach a variety of classes and workshops in my studio, at the Studio School, 310 Art Gallery in Asheville, N.C. or location of your choice.

Children’s Classes at The Studio School

Children’s Art Classes  BOTH SESSIONS CLOSED
New Sessions will begin in the Fall of 2017
* Please try to enroll 2 weeks prior to class so materials can be ordered. 

Different methods and materials will be taught each day in projects that encourage children to express themselves, to make independent choices and evaluations of their work, to develop fine motor skills in age-appropriate ways, and to approach their art-making with a sense of fun and appreciation of art. Each session of Exploration is different, but frequent activities will include activities working from still life, photographs, images from art history and/or independent themes and ideas, students will be introduced to specific drawing and painting fundamentals and techniques. These include line drawing, value, shape, pattern, texture, shading, highlighting, color perspective and collage. While experimenting with an exciting variety of artist’s tools, media and techniques, students will learn to explore and trust their creative instincts.
Sign up on the Studio School webite. 

Adult Classes at The Studio School

Encaustic: Comprehensive Encaustic Techniques/Open Workshop
2 days: Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $225 (waxes and tools provided)
A great place to start your encaustic journey!  Gina will have waxes and tools, and will provide demos and instruction for all levels. This makes the class perfect for beginners and advanced students.  If you have had the class before, this is a great time to use the encaustic studio, or develop new techniques. Bring your own wooden panels 8” x 10” or smaller. 

Explorations in Mixed Media and Collage and Open Studio
4 classes: Mondays, April 24–May 15 • 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. • $110.00
In this class we will use various mixed media and collage techniques to create art. We will also explore elements of art and composition. Gina will demo and offer individual feedback and guidance. Bring your own collage materials (ephemera, decorative papers), mixed media (watercolor, acrylic, inks, etc), and gel medium. Gina will also have some materials to share. All levels welcome! 

Cold Wax Alchemy/Open Workshop
2 days: Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $200
Come join us in the exploration and diversity of the cold wax medium used with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and many more techniques. Learn the basics of using cold wax for a myriad of artistic pursuits. In the 2-day intensive  workshop we will learn various methods of using the cold wax. We will learn how to use cold wax as a surface treatment for completed paintings and collages, incorporate mixed media (including photographs), add wax with brushes and brayers, wipe on, scratch on, scratch off, and making textured patterns, to name a few of the elements of this versatile medium. Upon registration you will get a supply list and info. I will be glad to answer any questions prior to the workshop that you may have. Bring a bag lunch. Beginners and advanced students welcome! (some supplies included)
(One day options available with approval of the instructor.)

Encaustic: Photos, Drawings & Image Transfer Techniques/Open Studio
Date to be determined. $100.00
Transferring photographs, images, and drawings onto wax gives crisp magical look or a beautifully rustic effect depending on a few simple choices. Gina will also show you how to transfer drawings and drawings directly onto your wax. We'll use a torch to fuse these so if you're not familiar with using one you'll learn that too. (Heat guns are available if the torch is not for you.) Beginners and advanced students welcome. (waxes and tools provided) Bring your own images (laser copies) and cradled wood panels. (Materials list furnished upon enrolling. Some minimal pre-class prep-work involved.)
*Open Studio-Studio work time and coaching for advanced students.

On Call Classes :
Interested students should contact Gina directly via phone or email. She will then work with everyone’s schedule to set dates for classes. Lougael@

Beginners welcome. Email Gina with questions or images if needed.


Cold Wax Instructor's Guide

Some of the other classes I teach are:

  • Making Altered Books

  • Cold Wax Alchemy

  • Soldered Silver Pendants-Coming Spring 2017

  • Encaustics, Beginning, Advanced, and  Encaustic Printmaking

  • Children's Art Classes, group or individual

  • Art Critiques and Individual Study (Private Lessons) 

If you don't see something listed or if you have a specific interest, please contact me.
If you desire private lessons,  I can schedule a class at my home studio or your location.
I love to travel and would love to teach for your group!
Hourly/Daily rates will be quoted upon inquiry.

Reviews and Comments:

"Gina is one of the shing star instructors from which I have had the pleasure of gleaning a lot of information in a fairly short block of time.  Her demeanor is exciting, cheerful, and filled with human kindness.  She is among one of the most creative artists I  know and always going in a new direction. I wish Gina all the success she deserves."  Beverly White.  Salem, VA

"Gina's classes are packed full of demo's, discussion, hands on technique,and plenty of supplies to use at your leisure. 
 With most all of the supplies included I didn't mind venturing into a new media without spending extra for supplies. The end result, I am hooked and have meet yet another amazing instructor. When's the next class?" Penny S., VA.

"Oh, what FUN!  I learned so much in Gina's class on Cold Wax.  She is very knowledgable and makes learning a pleasure.  Can't wait to take another workshop with her."  Barbara Norman Lashley

"I've travelled far to take classes, and I have to say Gina is a jewel of an instructor right here in the Roanoke Vally. I'm very excited to get this instruction right here at home!" G. C.


If you don't see something listed or if you have a specific interest, please contact me.
If you desire private lessons,  I can schedule a class at my home studio or your location. 
Hourly/Daily rates will be quoted upon inquiry.


Anonymous said...

My grandson loved Gina's children's art classes at the Studio School this Fall. His art techniques and finished pieces were wonderful! I highly recommend Gina to teach Art to anyone interested, no matter their level of skill.

Gina Louthian-Stanley said...

Thank you! I enjoyed having him in class!