Art And Expressive Journaling With Virginia McGuire

Art And Expressive Journaling With Virginia McGuire

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14 years in business

About this pro

I enjoy helping each student discover their way of artistic expression!

My undergrad was in textile arts and I was raised in a home that enjoyed art in all sorts of ways.

I have been in several shows and galleries over the years. I have enjoyed teaching women's groups, teens and children. I have been published a couple of times for writing and art. My master's degree is in counseling, I love how art can help anyone express things, integrate and heal.

*Art journaling, creating paste paper to make a journal, mandala painting and mixed media soulful expressions of nature etc. on paper or canvas are what I offer as an instructor at this site. I do not offer pottery or oil painting.

I really enjoy helping students find their artistic voice. Each develops their own style and expression. I look forward to meeting you and helping you express your style! It is amazing to see how people uncover their natural talent. 

*Art journaling, creating paste paper to make a journal, mandala painting and mixed media soulful expressions of nature etc. on paper or canvas are what I offer as an instructor at this site. I do not offer pottery or oil painting.

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Credentials

Oakboro, NC 28129
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1 Review

5.0

  • Rene Shuford

    My artist group had a wonderful experience with the Mandala workshop. Virginia was an excellent teacher and provided a wonderful community in which we could learn and share our artist personalities.



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FAQs


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

For new students whether in person or online we begin with what the student is wanting to learn and focus there. I offer suggestions on the supplies and painting area. Together we decide on a first project. We can add technique lessons as we go or we can have that as a separate part of the class. Really each student can go with works naturally for them while also learning techniques. In an online group class, I ask the student questions to get a feel for their art style and I offer a few technique examples as support. I can also create follow up technique videos.


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

I was raised in an arts-focused home in terms of painting, music dance etc., so have always enjoyed the arts in general.

I began drawing in a more focused way around age 12. Then I began to take a variety of classes. Drawing, watercolor, pottery, acrylics, mixed media, oils, I have had a variety of classes. I graduated from UNC-G Greensboro. For my undergraduate degree, I focused on textiles and apparel design, family, and psychology (1981). Since then I have been in several local shows and galleries and have taken more classes in figure drawing and art journaling while continuing with my own mixed media work. I have been published locally for writing and art. I have enjoyed working with women on their expressions in art gatherings including floral work, mandalas, various nature paintings, art journals and creative expressive drawings of women with nature some classical, some nature-themed, some have a cultural theme example: Celtic, Native American etc., also some art retreats focused on these themes mentioned or on angelic or fairy expressions with flowers or skies. 

*Art journaling, creating paste paper to make a journal, mandala painting and mixed media soulful expressions of nature, etc. on paper or canvas are what I mainly offer as an instructor at this site. These can be classes for an individual or group if you have a small group for me to travel to. I do not offer pottery, glass painting, beadwork, or oil painting at this time.


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

Thus far a basic is about 35 per hour for online sessions and in-person is about 45.00 per hour if local, yet still this can vary if I offer supplies etc. If I travel to someone the fees include distance, time, and gas. It also changes if I supply the supplies or if they already have supplies. Online group classes with Zoom or Skype are another way of teaching and I am checking into how long each class will be and how to structure a project over say a 4 session project. Or make mini-session videos on specific projects.  


How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching art in 2008 when a group of women wanted an art retreat. Women's groups have been really inspiring for me to work with, I also enjoy helping teen girls.

I then added in teaching a few individuals which is fun as well.

Couples groups are also fun and informative as the couples learn more about each other and can help each other's art to blossom.


What types of students have you worked with?

I got started teaching art in 2008 when a group of women wanted an art retreat. Women's groups have been really inspiring for me to work with, I also enjoy helping teen girls.

I then added in teaching a few individuals which is fun as well.

Couples groups are also fun and informative as the couples learn more about each other and can help each other's art to blossom.

I have worked with women and teens thus far. In counseling, I have worked with all ages.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy the seasons and nature. It is an ongoing discovery!

I also enjoy celebrating various cultures and symbology.

I enjoy helping my students discover their inspirations from flowers, or seashells, to abstract paintings or super heroes!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone supportive of your style and expression. Someone that can offer suggestions that help, yet allow your self-discovery as an artist. Also, someone that is generally kind and that can communicate well.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students might take time to see what really inspires them personally before talking with an instructor. If there are several inspirations/interests getting clear on those helps the instructor know where a good start is that is supportive and fun for the student. 


Lessons offered

Acrylic Painting Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons Craft Classes Painting Classes