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.)

CLASS LISTINGS:


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

*** NEW LOCATION*** Towers Mall Upper Level
* Please try to enroll 2 weeks prior to class so materials can be ordered. 

Studio School Summer Classes 2019
 Children’s Classes

Absolute Basic Drawing for Children
6 Saturdays August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, September 7th.  
10:00 am-11:30 am  
In this 6-week class, we will explore exercises and very basic fundamentals and techniques of drawing, encouraging us how to ‘see’. We will begin with contour and gesture drawings, value studies, form, negative and positive space, and perspective. 
Students will need to bring an 11” x 14” drawing sketchbook. The Canson or Strathmore 300 to 400 series is preferred, a set of drawing pencils (H, B, 2B, 4B, 2H, 4H), a white hard rubber or kneaded eraser, paper stumps (tortillions), a ruler, and a pencil sharpener that holds shavings. Gina will supply other items as needed and a folio of notes. Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration. Lougael@cox.net Needs 4 to make, limit 10. Older teens welcome. (Colored Pencil Drawing to follow this course in the Winter). Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration so she order materials. Lougael@cox.net 
Needs 4 to make, limit 10.​

Adult Classes at The Studio School, Roanoke, VA
Upper Level Towers Mall

Studio School Classes 

Adult Classes

Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Accordion and Bound Books-
2 Days, Saturday June 22thand June 23th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M.  
This is a great way to create enchanting, mystical mixed media works and fold and bind them into small books or journals!  The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".   Learn a new way to approach mixed media collage!  Each participant will get a packet of collage, patterned, and fibrous papers, and base sheets to collage onto. Permanent pens, various inks, acrylics, and stains will be shared with the class. Bring scissors, paper towels, and one small bottle of Liquatex or Golden gel medium, matt.  (If you have these on hand, vintage papers, ephemera, handwritten paper, laser copies with small images (3” or less.)... your choice! You can never have enough paper!)  A lunch break will be included. Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration so she order materials. Lougael@cox.netNeeds 4 to make, limit 15. 

Absolute Basic Drawing for Adults-
6 Mondays 5:30-7:30 pm August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, September 2nd, and 9th.  
In this 6-week class, we will explore exercises and very basic fundamentals and techniques of drawing, encouraging us how to ‘see’. We will begin with contour and gesture drawings, value studies, form, negative and positive space, and perspective. 

Students will need to bring an 11” x 14” drawing sketchbook. The Canson or Strathmore 300 to 400 series is preferred, a set of drawing pencils (H, B, 2B, 4B, 2H, 4H), a white hard rubber or kneaded eraser, paper stumps (tortillions), a ruler, and a pencil sharpener that holds shavings. Gina will supply other items as needed and a folio of notes. Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration. Lougael@cox.net Needs 4 to make, limit 10. Seroius older teens welcome on approval. (Colored Pencil Drawing to follow this course in the Winter). ​

Cold Wax Alchemy - Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 days: Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7, 2019
10 AM to 4 PM.

Cold wax oil painting mediums create luminous,
glowing surfaces, capable of fine detail and subtlety, 
without the use of heat. We will look atactual examples of various working methods,and create original pieces and explore surfaces
and effects possible with the cold wax medium and oil.We'll use it as a surface treatment to createcompleted paintings, collages, and incorporate mixed media (including copiedphotos), by adding wax with various 'found' tools. All skill levels would benefitfrom this class, especially beginners.
Bring only your oil paint, and wood panels (or Arches oil paper).
Contact Gina when you sign up, and for more info. Lougael@gmail.com
Lunch breaks both days. 

Compose Yourself!  Compositional Strategies and the Elements of Art (Open Studio) 

classes: Mondays, September 23, 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4  •5:30 PM-8:00 PM• 
Supply fee payable to Gina the first class (for all materials needed, papers, paints, brushes, canvases, and scratchboard/tools, and other various materials, and a folio of class notes.( Prices are on the Studio School Website))
Don’t know where to begin creating? Learn the basics of Composition and the Elements of Art by learning the Elements using different mediums and techniques.  In this relaxed atmosphere, come learn the basics of composing works of art, explore your creative voice, and develop your own visual language using a variety of mediums. We will also be discussing and critiquing famous works of art that relate to the elements. 
Email Gina for questions and materials list. Lougael@gmail.com

Contemporary Shrines, Image Transfers and Mixed Media Magic- Gina Louthian-Stanley
3 classes: Mondays, November 11, 18, 25   5:30 -8:00 PM 
Most people immediately connect the word “shrine’ with something either religious or contemplative.  For this class, a shrine is a self-contained expression of a single thought or theme. (Family, pet, or even a thought or idea.) That’s a pretty broad definition that leaves the door open for a variety of interpretations. 
Choose an image of a favorite family member, pet or animal, subject or object and lift it to a place of honor using mixed media and collage. Participants will learn various ways to create image transfers, and design a textured Shrine base using a Wabi-Sabi technique with natural fibered papers and ephemera. Once transferred and designed you will be able to take these components and construct your personal shrine. Gina provides the ‘arch’ and base panel which measure  6” x 6”, decorative papers, paints, inks, brushes and adhesives, and more. 
Bring your own good contrast laser (toner, not inkjet) copies of your choice of images no larger than 4” x 6”, some need to be 2” wide. Recommended highly: Personalize your work further using your personal items, your own stencils, etc 
(stamps, small beads, mosaic pieces, and collage materials, or small objects you may choose to bring.) Email Gina for questions. Lougael@gmail.com
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Workshops At 310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.

Encaustic Pendants Coming 2020- One Day- 10-4 pm

Fee includes all wax, solder, soldering irons and soldering setups, one chain,  and other items needed! Participants will create up to  four 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, small laser copy images, 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,  Coming in 2020                            Two days-10 - 4:00

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. 
ALL NEW CLASS:
Soul Totem and Shield Making-Taking Encaustic to 3-D With Gina Louthian-Stanley 
Two Days :  10-4

Beginners welcome or even if you have prior experience with Encaustic you can enhance your skills. Gina will cover safety and basics of Encaustics as needed. 

totem is considered something (such as an animal or plant) that is the symbol for a family, tribe, etc., especially among Native Americans or a carved or painted form, or a person or thing that represents an idea.  


In this workshop we will dive right in exploring the sculptural possibilities of plaster cloth, wax and encaustic making a totem and shield which best represents your personal idea or creative desire.  Rigid and absorbent when dry, plaster cloth makes a wonderful support for dimensional encaustic work. Once the form is created, we will apply Encaustic medium and fuse it to the sculptural composition using a variety of techniques. In the class, we will have a 12” disc and 12” rectangular shape to use as a base for the plaster cloth.  As the structures near completion, you will learn how to add found or small personal objects into the sculptures to create your ‘totem’ and discuss ways to finish and display your totem. As we create, we will contemplate our forms and their meanings to us personally, or you can choose to go abstract. Gina will bring the two forms, plaster cloth, decorative papers, Encaustic Medium and pigments, oil sticks, oil pastels, and tools. 

 Bring your own decorative papers, ephemera, small nails, thin fabrics, found objects, organic matter, buttons, etc. Bring paper towels, Wet Ones, and Scissors. 
AT The Art Box, in Lynchburg
Coming Soon- Wabi-Sabi Accordion Books 

Some of the other classes I teach are:

Making Altered and Handmade Books

Cold Wax Alchemy

Soldered Silver Pendants

Encaustic, Beginning, Advanced, 3-D, and  Encaustic Printmaking

Children's Art Classes, group or individual

Art Critiques and Individual Study (Private Lessons) 



Reviews and Comments:


"Thank you so much for your wisdom! I really feel like I walked away with a heck of a lot more than I walked in with!" Sheila M. 

"I really enjoyed this class and I learned so much!" Tim T.

"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. 

From 310 Art:
"So great to work with a true artist. Gina models the big picture thinking needed to be creative and be an original. One students who took her classes-said they were the best workshops she had ever had. Another wrote, “Great class from beginning to end.  I can’t wait to get home and begin using what I learned.  You are a lovely, patient person. “ thanks Gina 
for sharing with us @310art "

 


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.




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2 comments:

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!