My teaching experience includes teaching in the public school system since 2003 (I am licensed in the state of Virginia to teach art Pre K- 12) privately, through The Market Gallery, LLC in Roanoke, VA., 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. I am available to travel and I offer a full range of private lessons for adults and children.
Email me for more info! I am here to help you reach your creative goals!
FALL 2020 (Please email me with interest.)
I am offering a variety of online and virtual classes to assist you in your creative process and the ability to stay creative and safe as we face COVID19.
Please email me for interest. These classes will be:
Cold wax and Oil
Printmaking without a Press
Mixed Media and Collage
Art Critiques and Individual One on One Studies
"The Lay of the Land” Wabi Sabi Mixed Media "©
Mondays October 12 and 19, 2020 (plus the ongoing private fb page for critiques, etc.)
7 - 9 pm
Wabi-sabi is a concept that lies at the heart of Japanese culture—an idea that places great value on incompleteness and imperfection.
In this mini class we will explore a very intuitive and unpredictable approach to exploring and re-creating the landscape in a new and fresh way.
Two classes, plus a private facebook group where we can share our outcomes and continue to meet for questions and ongoing sharing.
Email me at for more information and a materials list.
Location: The Studio School, Roanoke, VA
Teen and Adult Classes Offered
Upper Level Towers Mall Due to COVID 19 I will be in-person
teaching January 2021, tentatively!
Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studio Workshop–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 days: January 9 and January 10, 2021 10:00 a.m.–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)
Location: 310 Art Gallery, Asheville, N.C.
Coming in Summer 2021:
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 (On Hold, To Be Determined) 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.)
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.
"I really appreciated the fact that you met me on my level of awareness and that you took the time to connect to each participant. Thank you!" T.P.
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.