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.

2022-23 Art Classes and Workshops (Cold Wax and Encaustic, etc.)

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!

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

Children's Classes-Please contact me. 

Location:  The Studio School, Roanoke, VA

Teen and Adult Classes Offered

Upper Level Towers Mall  

  • Adult Classes​​:

  • Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studio Workshop                                                                                                                                                    2 days, Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15, 2023 10:00 AM-4:00 PM                                                                                               Explore the endless possibilities of painting with cold wax and oil! Take an intuitive approach into the many uses of luminous cold wax with oil paint, pastel, mark-making tools, brushes, scrapers and more. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, form and depth. We will create orginal pieces and explore effects possible with the oil and cold wax medium by using it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages (including copied photos), and incorporate mixed media by adding oil and cold wax with various ‘found’ tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners. For previous cold wax participants, Gina will offer critiques, and be there to assist in developing your visual journey. *Bring your oil paints,  Multimedia board, or recommended 8” x 8” birch boards, gessoed boards, or clayboard panels, palette paper, wax paper, paper towels, Wet Ones, and a 12” palette knife or icing spreader. Gina will bring a plethora tools to share and furnish one 4 oz.jar of cold wax and Arches oil paper and blue painter's tape. There is a materials list with other items that will enhance your experience.  Lunch breaks included. (Needs 4 to make) All levels welcome! Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration,

  • Independant Studies in Mixed Media and Collage and Open Studio                                                                                                                         6 classes: Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26,and Feb. 2, 2023    5:30PM - 8:00PM                                                                                                 In this class, we will use various mixed media and collage techniques to create art. Gina will begin each class with sharing art from various artists, past and present as  guides to inspire. She will introduce new materials and ways to incorporate them in your work. We will also explore elements of art and composition. Gina will introduce many ways to collage and use mixed media, demo and will offer individual feedback, critiques, and guidance. Bring your own collage materials (ephemera, decorative papers, etc), mixed media of choice (watercolor, acrylic, inks, etc), brushes and gel medium. Gina will also have some materials to share. All levels welcome! 

  • Email Gina with questions and to confirm registration,

  • Teen Classes:

    Basic Drawing for Teens-Gina Louthian-Stanley

       4 Mondays, November 14th, 21st, December 5th, 12th   5:30-7PM

       (Teens 13 and up)

       In this 4-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 (if time allows). Some time                    outside of class will be needed. 

       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. Needs 4 to make, limit 10. 


Location:  310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.



  • Cold Wax Alchemy-                                                                                                                                                                         

Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th - 10AM to 4PM                                                                                                                             Includes some materials, see below for additional supplies.

Discover the beautiful layers, textures, and marks that only oil and cold wax can achieve finding inspiration within our own marks, compositions and intuition. We will explore various techniques, working methods, surfaces, and effects possible with the cold wax medium and oil as a surface treatment to create completed paintings. Plenty of demos! All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners.

Gina will provide cold wax, some oils, samples of Arches Oil paper, birch panels, and other samples of substrates, and some shared tools.

Additional tools will be available for sale.

  • New Dimensions With Encaustic: Taking Encaustic 3D -                                                                                               July 10 and 11, 2023 (10AM to 4PM ET)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pricing includes materials, tools and equipment.                                                                                                                                           Beginners welcome. And if you have prior experience with Encaustic you can enhance your skills and go to a new level with your work!. Gina will cover safety and basics of Encaustics as needed. for all participants.A 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 - you can even to go abstract.           Gina will bring the two forms, plaster cloth, decorative papers, Encaustic Medium and pigments, oil sticks, oil pastels, and tools.                           
  • Optional - Bring your own decorative papers, ephemera, small nails, thin fabrics, found objects, dried organic matter such as seed pods small twigs and leaves, buttons, etc. Bring paper towels, Wet Ones, and Scissors.

  • Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Accordion and Bound Books with Gina Louthian-Stanley 2023

10-4 pm June 6th and 7th, 2023 
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! We will also learn three ways to create image transfers. 

Each participant will have access to sponge brushes, a variety of patterned, and fibrous papers, and two large base sheets of watercolor paper 

to collage onto, gel medium, permanent waterproof pens, various inks, acrylics, and stains will be shared with the class. 

The bookbinding materials will also be provided. 

The first day, we will make pages and covers, the second day you will make one bound book and one accordion book. 


Please bring scissors, paper towels, and wet ones. If you have these on hand: vintage papers, ephemera, feathers, beads, charms, handwritten paper, laser copies with small images 

(3” or less to fit the base papers) You can never have enough paper!

Beginners welcome. 


AT Market Gallery

  • Coming Soon:     Contact Gina for more info!  

Some of the other classes I teach are:

Making Altered and Handmade Books 

Cold Wax Alchemy

Soldered Silver or Encaustic Pendants

Encaustic, Beginning and Advanced, and  Encaustic Printmaking

Art Critiques and Individual Study (Private Lessons for adults and children individually or groups.) ___________________________________________________________________________________

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. 
"Thank you for helping me develop my vision in printmaking!" A.S.
"I walked away from your class with work I enjoyed creating, and will hang it in my home. I also love your teaching style." P.T.
"You have encouraged me to step outside the box by presenting options on how to move forward, thank you!" A.D.
"I could watch your demos all day! I have learned so much!" S.M.


ON CALL CLASSES - (This is an open schedule; as soon as I have two-four people with interest, I will schedule a class. Call or email if you are interested.)   Call or email for more info! I am here to help you reach your creative goals!

  • If you desire group or private lessons or mentoring,  I can schedule a class at my home studio or your location. 
      Hourly/Daily rates will be quoted upon inquiry.
      Please contact me by email in regards to private lessons, workshops and classes. I teach a variety of classes and workshops in my studio Roanoke, VA. or location of your choice.

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.



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!