Gini Heywood Studio

Gini Heywood Studio

5.0 (8)
8 hires on
1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

Hi, my name is Gini Heywood and 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, Herron School of Art and Design. I have a very comfortable classroom 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 the principles of art which will help you to gain more freedom and independence: Composition, Values, Color Edges and various brush work. I can help all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced and on any subject, which you will see, if you visit my website. My goal is to give you so much understanding that you can work on your own, enter contests, sell—if you so desire (I love to share).  Please, visit my website at: I do 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 it 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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8 Reviews


  • Barbara Amezcua

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

  • Nancy Jordan

    Gini is very knowledgeable and knows how to help anyone achieve their goals. She is patient, kind and soft-spoken. Her class is laid-back and everyone can work at their own pace. I am a beginner in oil painting and Gini has helped me fall in love with it. I’m very grateful.

  • Kat Campbell

    Wonderful teacher, and wonderful environment. It is the best painting experience I've ever had!

  • Sharon Rogers

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

I really want to get to know you as a person, as well as a student. To do so, this means, I would like to view your previous work, if any.

In the first session, for Beginners, you will start with a basic Still Life. This is the time-honored, classic method used by the Masters for centuries to quickly and effectively introduce all the essential Principles of Art to their students. We develop the illusion of depth in black and white (value) first before proceeding to color. I 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 demonstrations and assistance. 

For Intermediate and Advanced, my goal will be to help you develop yourself more, perhaps 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. In short, you will become a better artist.

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

I earned my BFA 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. Fortunately, he survived and we work together in the arts. He with his children’s books, which he writes and illustrates, and I with my paintings and Commissions. 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.

My pricing is simple:  $40 for one 3 hour session or $140 for four 3 hour sessions. I try to keep my prices reasonable because I love teaching, making friends and helping others.

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, for the last seven years.

What types of students have you worked with?

Really nice ones!!!!!! (I have been richly blessed - they have all become my dearest friends and family.)