My teaching experience includes teaching in the public school system (I am licensed in the state of Virginia to teach art Pre K- 12) privately, through the Studio School in Roanoke, VA. (at Towers Mall), The Art Box, Lynchburg, VA., 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.)
Adult Classes at The Studio School, Roanoke, VA
Upper Level Towers Mall
Spring 2020 (Spring Classes will be held at a later date, Please email me with interest.)
Printmaking - Geli-Print
2 classes, Mondays, March 9, 16, 2019 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. • Geli plates, brayers, card stock, and deli paper provided for use).
Come learn the basics of Printmaking! Enjoy demos, use the Elements and Principals of Art to create prints, and explore making your own colorful designed monoprints, papers, and more using various provided papers and tools. Gina will show you a variety of ways, and discuss how to display them. Bring your stamps, stencils, etc, for texturing, acrylic paints, and imagination! ALL levels welcome! Contact Gina at if you have questions.
Open Studio Class in Mixed Media and Collage
4 classes: Mondays, March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13• 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. •(includes some materials)
This Open Studio Class in Mixed Media and Collage is ideal for cultivation your creative side! We will experiment with mixed media collage and a variety of ways and with a variety of materials (Gina will have some to share). Using the subject matter of your choice we will discuss processes, materials, and mediums. We will also look at composition and the Principles and Elements of Art. The focus is to begin each class with a few demos or exercises to stimulate the creative process, then to continue working to develop your own visual language. Gina is available to give individual input as needed. ALL levels are welcome! Contact Gina for a short materials list. email@example.com
Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studio Workshop 2 Days, Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M. 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 original 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, Arches oil paper, Multimedia board, or recommended 8” x 8” birch board, gesso board, or clayboard panels, an old used gift card, palette paper, wax paper, Wet Ones, and a 12” palette knife or icing spreader. Gina will bring tools to share and several materials for you to try, plus furnish one jar of cold wax. Lunch breaks included. (Needs 4 to make) Email Gina with questions,
Workshops At 310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.
Coming in 2020: Registration open at
Encaustic Pendants (Will Be Be Rescheduled) 10-4 pm
No experience needed.
Fee includes all wax, solder, soldering irons and soldering setups, one chain included, and other items needed!
Participants will create up to four soldered pendants, with the largest being 1” wide and up to 3” long. We will use wax, metal and small inclusions. For a more personal pendant, you may wish to bring such items as dried flowers, small inspirational words, bits of collage/decorative papers, lace, beads, or small flat charms. If you would like, you can enhance small 1” x 1 ½” to 1” x 3” images from your color or B&W laser printer by placing them in with the wax. 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.) Be sure to bring a drink and lunch!
Soul Totem and Shield Making-Taking Encaustic to
(On Hold, To Be Determined)
July 11 and July 12, 2020 10-4 pm
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.
A totem is considered something such as and animal or plant that s the symbol for a family, tribe, etc. especially among the Native Americans. In America today, a totem can be a carved or painted form, person; it could be a realistic or abstract 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 fodder such as decorative papers, ephemera, small rusty nails, thin fabrics, found objects, thin wire, organic matter, buttons, etc. Bring paper towels, Wet Ones, and Scissors.
AT The Art Box, in Lynchburg
Coming Soon: Contact Gina for more info! Encaustic Monotype 4 5 day Encaustic Emersion for ALL Levels (These new to the medium are welcome as Gina will cover the basics.)
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, 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, at the Studio School in Roanoke, VA, 310 Art Gallery in Asheville, N.C. or location of your choice.