Gini Heywood Studio

Gini Heywood Studio

5.0 (11)
14 hires on
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

Hello, I am an award-winning professional oil painter. As a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America, I received my degree at one of the oldest art schools in America, The Herron School of Art and Design. My very comfortable classroom is located in Historic Downtown Mesa right next to my studio/gallery. This is not a large classroom, which allows for more personalized tutoring Monday through Friday. You will learn "principles of art", which help you to gain more freedom and independence: Composition, Values, Color Edges and various brush work. I help all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced and on any subject.

Please, visit my website at: I look forward to hearing from you and would love to be your mentor.

Thank you, Gini.

I love people and find that art makes people forget their problems. To me, art is not a luxury but a way of life and I want to share my passion with you. Knowledge is very freeing and anyone can learn this skill, with practice.

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Mesa, AZ 85201
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11 Reviews


  • Mandy Gabel

    She is teaching me to oil paint and I love it. She is a warm, smart, and enjoyable person with so much artistic talent to share.

  • Joanne Rossi

    Gini is very patient & has a very nice way about her. She is very welcoming & encouraging. I’m so glad I found her as a teacher. Her enthusiasm for painting is contagious.

  • Donna Maruta

    Very patient and creative teacher. The atmosphere is peaceful and Gini enjoys sharing her talent.

  • Barbara Amezcua

    I'm very happy with her class she is so patient.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the first session, for Beginners, you may start with a basic Still Life. This is the time-honored, classic method used by the Masters for centuries and is an effective way to introduce all the essential Principles of Art to their students. I will gently work with you very closely on this. In future sessions, as we develop, I am continually introducing to you more and more principles and techniques through demonstrating and assisting. 

For Intermediate and Advanced, my goal will be to help you develop yourself more and,  hopefully, gently help in breaking some bad habits. You will expand your artistic vocabulary in principles, techniques, and color theory for developing better compositions with more depth, meaning and feeling. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I received my BFA in Art degree from The Herron School of Art and Design, one of the oldest schools in America. And subsequently, continued my education at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. My husband and I had a graphic design business for many years, until he became ill. I am a co-founder of The Ateliers Group (an association meeting monthly) here in the valley. I have been in numerous shows, such as the “The Outstanding Women Achievers of Arizona”  and have received many awards. My  Landscapes, Still Lifes, and Commissioned Portraits are widely collected. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$40 for one 3 hour session or $140 for four consecutive 3 hour sessions, once a week, on either  Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm.

How did you get started teaching?

I first started teaching in the late 1970’s for the City of Mesa Cultural Center, before joining my husband in forming our graphic design business. Now, I have been teaching again, independently, since 2012.

What types of students have you worked with?

Really nice ones!!! Various levels of "no experience" to "advanced experience" and from 25 to 80 years old. 

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