Beginning Drawing Classes- Gina Louthian-Stanley

I have been teaching an Absolute Beginner’s Drawing class for the past 6 weeks. I wanted to share these image from some of the students.

For most, it is their first attempt.


Vera Dickerson and Yupo

Here are a few images from the day one class, Abstractions on Yupo!

David Eakin and Gouache!

The Studio School was very fortunate to have David Eakin come for a day and demo in using Gouache!

Thanks David!

Congrats to the Studio School! Perry Kendig Awards Nomination!

Congrats to the Studio School for being nominated for the 2019 Perry Kendig ward for and Arts/Cultural Organization 2019!

Well deserved!!!!


Here is a brief history of the award.

In 2013 The Perry F. Kendig Awards, an annual program that has recognized excellence in arts and culture for more than 25 years, found itself without a home, Hollins University and Roanoke College came together to keep the tradition alive in appreciation to the Roanoke region’s cultural community resources. In addition, Hollins University and Roanoke College hope that in presenting this annual program it will build an even stronger arts and culture bridge between the campus environment and community at large.


The late Perry F. Kendig served as president of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts. Since 1985, The Perry F. Kendig Awards program has recognized exemplary individuals, businesses and organizations that support excellence in the arts. In addition, these awards have served as an important advocacy program for the community to realize and appreciate the vital role arts and culture play in economic development and education in our schools, while providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening the Roanoke region’s cultural identity.

The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards program strives to: Showcase the quality and diversity of artistic excellence throughout the greater Roanoke region, Recognize outstanding support of arts and culture, and celebrate exemplary arts and cultural organizations.

Award Categories

One award will be presented in each category only (for a total of three (3) awards).

  • Individual Artist (of all disciplines – dance, literature, music, media arts, visual arts and theatre)
  • Arts and/or Cultural Organization
  • Individual or Business Arts Supporter

Please see the FAQ section for more information on the nomination process.

*Roanoke Regional Chamber defines the Roanoke region as the counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke, and the cities of Salem, Roanoke and the Town of Vinton.

Kudos! Jane Winders Frank!

And the Trees Began to Dance, watermedia, was accepted in The Central Virginia Watercolor Guild exhibition at The McGuffey Center in Charlottesville, VA. The show is up during Sept.

Jane Frank has 2 pieces in The Society of Layerists in Multi Media exhibition, Do You See the Arch? in St. Louis, Missouri.
Angels Under the Arches, mixed media  

Enshrined, mixed media

“Getting to know Clay Board” with Jane Winders Frank

“Getting to know Clay Board”

Here are just a few of the fabulous works from Janes class.

Consider This. Light!

Studio School Newsletter June 2019

Our Easel Society Newsletter is now the Studio School Newsletter. The publication will now be published on this site two times a year.

It is in hopes of adding more interesting articles and adding more content. If you have information to share for the newsletter, images from your classes at the Studio School, or other information, please submit that content to:

Gina at

Studio School Newsletter June 2019

Interesting Article From Art Biz Success- Alyson Stanfield



Lack of confidence is something all artists struggle with at one time or another.

In episode 024 of the Art Biz Podcast, artist and instructor Gwen Fox tackled this critical topic and gave tips for becoming a more confident artist.

This checklist was created using those insights as a starting point.


Confidence comes and then can disappear within seconds. Be aware of these killjoys that can crash your confidence party.

Limiting self-talk.
Listen for phrases that come out of your mouth such as I am bad at or I am not. Rephrase them to reflect how you want to be. Perhaps I am working on or I am becoming are better options.

Beliefs that aren’t truths.
What, in your past, has cast a shadow on how you view your abilities? Examining where your mindset originated will help you identify old stories that need to be shed.

There is no such thing as perfect, so stop trying to be perfect or believing that you’re a perfectionist. Got that? Saying I’m a perfectionist is as harmful as saying I am terrible at[whatever].

Perfectionism is a form of procrastination and will always keep you safe and small.

The inner critics.
You recognize these creatures. They say things like Who do you think you are? Fire those voices! Who let them in anyway?

The outer critics.
When you send your art out into the world, you are vulnerable to rejection, harsh words, and, perhaps worst of all, indifference. While you may glean valuable insight from those who are knowledgeable about art and judicious with dispensing that wisdom, you have to learn to trust yourself. You must learn to have faith in your decisions.

The Artist’s Confidence Checklist ©Alyson B Stanfield, ART BIZ SUCCESS


  • Self-care.
    Take care of yourself inside and out. When you are physically and mentally healthy, you feel better about yourself. You hold your head up higher, speak louder and more clearly, and take more risks that can lead to big growth.
  • Visualization.
    Visualize the future you desire and the artist you want to become. As Gwen said, “What you think about is what you bring about. . . . What you dwell on becomes your reality. . . . Your thoughts are energy so keep your thoughts positive.”
  • Goal-setting.
    Goals help you focus on the life you envision. They give you direction and remind you that there is something to look forward to, and they ensure that you make the most of this one precious life.
  • Affirmations.
    Affirmations are positive statements that reflect the future you envision for yourself. Write, read, and repeat affirmations daily, and sometimes even more frequently when needed.
  • The growth mindset.
    Understand that you are a work in progress rather than believing that you have reached your potential in a certain area. You can learn and improve in every area of your life. You can even embrace failure as a necessary step to success.

If you’d like to explore this list in depth, listen to the interview with Gwen Fox on the Art Biz Podcast.

Why Create Art?

Thank you Judy Bates for sharing this video on why we create art.