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: giniheywood.com. 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.
Painting with a congenial group of people in a relaxed atmosphere with a great teacher who works with all on a one to one basis according to each one's level of skill!
Gini is the instructor/mentor everyone searches for. Her encouraging style coupled with an incredible ability to correct/direct your work and help you to see your way forward to a better painting is so rewarding! This talented yet humble artist shares all her secrets and whether you are a beginner or advanced painter, she can take you to your next level. But Ssshhh, don't tell anyone. Once the secret is out, we will have to share.
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.
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.
My pricing is simple: $35 for one 3 hour session or $125 for four 3 hour sessions. I try to keep my prices reasonable because I love teaching, making friends and helping others.
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.
Really nice ones!!!!!! (I have been richly blessed - they have all become my dearest friends and family.)