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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2018-19 Art Classes and Workshops (Cold Wax and Encaustic)

I have been teaching art for adults and children for 14 years (I am licensed in the state of Virginia to teach art Pre K- 12) in the public school system, privately, and through the Studio School in Roanoke, VA. (at Towers Mall)  and 310 Art Gallery at the Rivers Edge Art Complex in Asheville, NC.


Be sure to also check the Studio School and 310 Art Gallery websites  for details and updates!
The Studio School, Towers Mall Roanoke, VA

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


Children’s Classes at The Studio School, Roanoke, VA

*** NEW LOCATION*** Towers Mall Upper Level

Children’s Art Classes  
New Sessions will begin in the Late Spring of 2018 (email for interest)
* Please try to enroll 2 weeks prior to class so materials can be ordered. 

Mixed Media Explorations in Art On Saturday
4 Saturdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
($25.00 Materials fee payable to Gina at the first class)
*Register by September 8, 2018
Different methods and materials will be taught each week 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 Messy Mixed Media 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. Ages 8-14
Email Gina for questions

Drawing for Teens (Ages 10-14)-Perspective Drawing
10:00M  - 12:00 noon
3 Classes: Saturdays, January 5. 12, and 17, 2019•

This class will focus on 1-pt, 2-pt, and 3pt perspective. We will have a class project using a perspective of choice. Students need to bring a 11 X 14 Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook, a set of drawing pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, HB, B, 2H 4H, 6H), drawing erasers, and a small set of Prismacolor Color pencils along with a pencil sharpener that will hold shavings. Gina will supply a folio of notes and other materials included in the class fee. 
Contact Gina for questions.
Adult Classes at The Studio School, Roanoke, VA
Upper Level Towers Mall

Studio School Classes 
Fall 2018 Classes
Mystical Mixed Media Mash-Up-
1 Day, Saturday October 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M.  
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 or learn a new way to break that creative funk!  Collage papers, permanent pens, various inks and acrylics will be shared with the class.  Bring four cradled wood boards 8 x 8 - 1.5" to 2" deep, scissors, and one small bottle of Liquatex gel medium matt.  (It’s suggested that you also bring natural fiber decorative papers, vintage papers, ephemera, patterned paper, handwritten paper, laser copies... your choice! You can never have enough paper!)  A lunch break will be included. Email Gina with questions,

Printmaking Lino-Cut (Part 1)-
2 Classes, Mondays, November 5, 12, 2018
5:30-7:30  p.m. 
Using relief printing techniques, learn how to create a linocut relief print by creating an initial drawing, then transferring and carving it onto a linoleum block to be printed. Relief printing is the process of carving away material on a flat surface. The remaining surface is then “rolled” with ink and pressed onto paper to make a final print. Students will get two blocks to carve for creating their own hand carved linocut relief print, 10 sheets of printing paper, two blank greeting cards with envelopes, use of inks and use of tools.  (*More paper and lino blocks available for purchase. (Part 2 will be in the Winter Session, featuring Geli-plate Printing) Email Gina with questions,
Compositional Strategies and the Elements of Art (Open Studio)
5 classes: Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 2019•5:30 PM-8:30 PM•  
Don’t know where to begin?Learn the basics of Composition and the Elements of Art using varied techniques and exercises to strengthen the ‘Artists Eye’ using various mediums. In this relaxed atmosphere, come learn the basics, explore your creative voice and develop your own visual language. We will also be critiquing famous works of art that relate to the elements. 
Email Gina for questions and materials list.

Encaustic: Photos, Drawings & Image Transfers
1 class: Saturday, February 16, 2019 •10:00 AM-3:00 PM •
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. (No, worries, heat guns are available if the torch is not for you.) Bring laser copies no larger than 4”x 6” and other images you’d like to embed. Encaustic waxes and tools provided.  Contact Gina for the materials list.  Class limit 8.
Beginners and advanced students welcome.

Printmaking - Geli-Print
2 classes, Mondays, March 4, 11, 2019 • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Gelli Plate is a tool that encourages freedom of expression using the Elements of Art. Explore making colorful designed papers, prints and more using various papers and tools. These printed papers can be used in a variety of ways, or matted and framed as they are. 
Contact Gina for a materials list.
Workshops At 310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.

Encaustic Pendants Coming June 13th, 2019- 10-4 pmFee 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.)​

Contemporary Shrines With Image Transfers,  June 15 & 16

Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 10 - 4:30
Choose a favorite family member, pet or animal, or object and lift them to a place of honor using mixed media and collage. Participants will work on a pre-gessoed, cradled wooden panel. We will focus on several types of image transfers of you subject (person, animal) and will place their image-transferred subject on the panel. 
Once transferred, you can create an interesting surface and visual frame, and using watercolor, acrylic, stencils, stamps etc. 
Gina will provide some acrylic paints, brushes, texturing materials, metallic powders, glues, decorative papers, stamps, and ​acrylic ​mediums.  Participants need to bring a pre-gessoed, cradled wooden panel (Any size 8”x10” or under and several laser copies of preferred images, I suggest bringing more than one copy of each just in case.).
If you have scissors, stamps, papers, ornate vintage wall or wrapping paper, fabric, lace, beads, Milagros, shells, etc. please bring them to give your shrine that personal touch. Also you may want to bring newspaper so the pieces can ride safely in the car. 

AT The Art Box, in Lynchburg
November 3rd and 4th, 2018
Cold Wax Alchemy - 
Cold wax oil painting mediums create luminous,glowing surfaces, capable of fine detail and subtlety, without the use of heat. We will  create original pieces and explore effects possible with the cold wax medium by using it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages, and incorporate mixed media (including copied photos), by adding wax with various 'found' tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners.*Bring oil paints, and Arches oil paper, mixed media board or cradled wood panels (David at The Art Box can guide you on the right products.) The Art Box has more info on there site. 
We will break for lunch. Email the Art Box or Gina with questions,

Some of the other classes I teach are:

Making Altered and Handmade Books

Cold Wax Alchemy

Soldered Silver Pendants

Encaustic, Beginning, Advanced, and  Encaustic Printmaking

Children's Art Classes, group or individual

Art Critiques and Individual Study (Private Lessons) 

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 Valley. I'm very excited to get this instruction right here at home!" G. C.
"I can not tell you how much I learned! Gina is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and inspired me so much!" S.R. 



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!