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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  Market Gallery, LLC in Roanoke, VA., The Studio School in Roanoke, VA. (at Towers Mall), 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 and mentorships for adults and children. 

Email me for more info! I am here to help you reach your creative goals!


  • For 2024/2025 (Please email me with interest.)

I am offering a variety of online,  private classes, and mentoring at my home studio to assist you in your creative process.

I also travel and host online classes for those who cannot travel to my studio. 

Email me for more info! I am here to help you reach your creative goals!

Please inquire by email for dates and various offerings.  

The classes  available are from the following:

  • Encaustic (beginning and advanced)

  • Basic/Experimental Drawing (multi-media)

  • Cold wax and Oil (beginning and advanced)

  • EcoPrinting-Cyanotype

  • Printmaking without a Press(geli, lino, and encaustic)

  • Mixed Media and Collage (including WabiSabi)

  • Art Critiques and Individual One on One Studies/Mentoring (contact me for pricing)




Location:  The Studio School, Roanoke, VA

Teen and Adult Classes Offered

Upper Level Towers Mall  

Adult, Teen , and Children's Classes​​:

  I am back the Studio School in February 2024 with all new day classes!

  Please email me for interest and more information via my contact page. 


Compositional Strategies and the Elements of Art (Open Studio time)- Gina Louthian-Stanley

6 classes: Thursdays, Feb, 1,-March 7, 2024 - 9:30 am-12:00pm 

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. 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. Great for starting your creative journey or add to your current toolbox. Please email Gina to let her know you registered,,a materials list supplied upon registration. (Gina will share a few supplies each week.). Email Gina for questions.

Spring 2024 Classes


Mixed Media Madness-

To be scheduled. 


Mixed media and collage are about freedom of expression and ‘play’. This class will look at different approaches to each with painting, drawing, incorporating ephemera, decorative papers, and found or recycled materials. We will experiment with collage and a variety of mixed materials (Gina will have some to share), using both abstract and figurative imagery. The focus will be on pushing  your pieces way past your comfort zone, let them get ugly, allow them to change direction,then working to develop your own personal visual language with a dynamic outcome.  All levels welcome! Email Gina for a short material list and with questions,



Cold Wax and Oil Painting—
2 days: May 4-5 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

Discover the beautiful layers, textures, and marks that only oil and cold wax can achieve finding inspiration within your own marks, compositions and intuition using non-traditional ol techniques. We will explore various techniques such as working methods, substrates, drying times, opaque and transparent color, pigments and powders, blending, color schemes, glazing, solvent reduction, transfer and printmaking techniques, creating textures, adding collage and more.  Plenty of demos and individual discussions. A great class for beginners and those who want a refresher with advanced options. 

Gina will provide cold wax, some oils, tools, and R&F pigment sticks for class use, samples of Arches Oil paper, birch panels, various mark making tools and other samples of substrates. Additional tools will be available for sale. 

Email Gina for a short material list and with questions,

Summer 2024 Classes

Cold Wax Alchemy Intensive Workshop-

3 classes: August 10, 11, and 12 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. •(Includes some materials)
Discover the beautiful layers, textures, and marks that only oil and cold wax can achieve, finding inspiration within your own marks, composition and intuition using non-traditional oil techniques. We will explore various working methods, substrates, drying times, opaque and transparent color, pigments and powders, blending color schemes, glazing, solvent reduction, printmaking techniques, creating textures, transfers, and collage. There are plenty of demos and individual discussions. A great workshop for beginners and those who want a refresher with advanced options and plenty of time to work. Provided: Cold wax, some sample oils, tools, R&F Pigment samples, 2 sheets of Arches Oil Paper, and 1 cradled birch panel and a free gift bonus of 2 tools to keep. 

Additional wax and tools will be available for sale. 

Upon registration, email Gina for the materials list and to confirm registration.



Wabi Sabi- Creating Intuitive Landscapes

2 classes: Coming soon! • 

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 and learn a new way to approach surface design and bring a new perception and energy to your work. We will also do a few image transfers. Excellent class for beginners or learn a new way to break that creative funk! Some decorative collage papers, permanent pens, various inks and will be available. You’ll need to bring at least 3 to four  5” x 5” to 6” x 6” gallery wrapped canvases, scissors, and one small/ medium sized bottle of Liquatex or Golden, gel medium matt and four to six 1/2-inch foam brushes. Upon registration, 

email Gina for the materials list and to confirm registration.


Ongoing: Sign up here:

Painting with Fire 2024-2025! I will be back and this time I will be exploring

Intuitive Nature! Garden Inspirations. (30 minutes)

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These lessons will focus on the use of thumbnail sketching and viewfinder technique, specifically for observing and considering nature at a variety of scales. We will begin in the garden looking at the flowers and foliage creating thumbnails in our sketchbooks inspiration. 

Lesson One: We will then take those thumbnails and we will add color using collage and a variety of materials. (30 minutes)

Lesson Two: 

Intuitive Nature - Part 2

From the ‘Thumb’ to the Substrate. (1 hour)

We will return to our sketchbooks from Intuitive Nature Part 1 and choose an image(s) and create on to the substrate using encaustic mediums and pigments along with mixed media and a plethora of tools to create and enhance our pieces to create the cultivation and evolution of our own botanical visualizations. 

A year-long course that is devoted to studying best practices in Encaustic painting. 

26+ world renowned Encaustic artists sharing their knowledge and expertise on all aspects of this wonderful medium plus you get to peek into

their practice and see what is behind the scenes and what inspires them. Plus a look at their studio setup!

Over 50 hours of tuition for one low price of $289.


Classes delivered each Wednesday approximately 12 noon EST as prerecorded video and once they are available you can watch whenever you wish.

Lifetime access to all classes. Weekly classes are approximately 60 mins or longer.

Work along, at your leisure or just watch, and jump in when you are ready.

There will also be basic instruction videos as a bonus, if you need to get a little of the basics before you get to the fabulous fancy stuff. It has more to offer than just Encaustic!



follow the link to sign up for my online course.

I will be teaching two lessons called, New Dimensions in 3-D with Encaustic. You will learn how to prepare a substrate and a plethora of techniques to create your own voice on the structures you build. (link)


New Dimensions With Encaustic: Taking Encaustic into 3D 

Coming in 2025                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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 

October 10th and 11th, 2024   10am-4pm

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 (link)

Coming Soon:     Contact Gina for more info!      

Reviews and Comments:


"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 without fear, 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.

"Gina is one of the shining 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

  • 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.

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