Georgetta Gancarz graduated from the School of Visual Arts and Fordham University with degrees in art, science, and education, where she also minored in art therapy.
She has been teaching painting for over twenty-five years and has received numerous art and staff awards.
Georgetta has been featured on television and her paintings have been exhibited worldwide including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum in New York City. She has paintings in many private and public collections worldwide, including:
- Santiago Germenia Profeta e Santa Lucia Vergine e Martire -- Venice, Italy
- Basilica Di S. Lorenzo -- Florence, Italy
- Convento del Servi do Maria S.S. Annunziata -- Florence, Italy
- Italian American Museum -- New York City, USA
- Saint James Cathedral -- Seattle, USA
She is the founding director and creator of the ART - POLI Painting on Location International® Academy and program, with art history, studio, and humanities classes offered in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
To date, Georgetta has written 19 books and is working on her 20th. Her books are available online and in libraries (see links below). In 2018, Georgetta developed her own publishing house and program to not only support her own publishing, but to encourage students to write and create books in multiple languages.
Georgetta loves teaching and enjoys seeing her student's progress. She tells her students, "education, passion, and hard work are the keys to success."
Georgetta's Teaching Style & Approach
Georgetta works with students in a supportive, energetic, and friendly, but professional, manner. She wants students to feel comfortable and positive when learning, so they can have the freedom to create and express themselves.
She creates a classroom dynamic based on acceptance, support, and growth through exploration and knowledge. She explains, "I believe good learning happens when you captivate the students and listen to their needs." Georgetta wants students to take the knowledge they receive in her classes and apply in their own way to their artwork. She says, "This makes the student a bit of a creative leader themselves."
Teaching several classes each quarter, she feels like the classroom is a second home. Therefore Georgetta keeps the space clean and organized, but fun and creative. She want students to feel like it is their home too. Respect for the art studio and materials are important -- this means keeping the work space clean and safe.
Georgetta offers students a materials list and handouts that describe what to look for in a good quality paint, brushes, and canvas. She does classroom demonstrations with materials, so students can see and understand the results of different supplies and techniques.
In her classes, Georgetta offers detailed instructions to guide students of all levels, from beginning to advanced. As a prolific book author on the subject of art, she provides supplemental materials from her own books as a part of the class for student learning.
She says "I'm looking forward to seeing you in my classes, helping you create your vision, or move your process to the next level."
- Celebrating 20 Years: An Interview with Georgetta Gancarz
- ART - POLI ® Program Information
- ART - POLI ® Paints
- Commissioned Art: Our Lady of Czestochowa, patroness of Poland
- ART - POLI on Facebook
- Georgetta on Facebook
- Georgetta on LinkedIn
- Georgetta on Pinterest
- Georgetta on Saatchi Art
- Seattle Times Profile: Georgetta Gancarz of Seattle
- How to Publish Your Book - new!
- Abstract Palette Knife Painting
- The American Library in Paris
- Expressionist Palette Knife Painting
- How To Exhibit, Market and Sell Your Art
- Italian Cathedrals and Cemeteries
- Italy's Treasures Part Two
- Painting for Everyone
- Painting on Location Italy
- Talking Italian
- Painting with Encaustics
- Mixing Colors
"Georgetta is an amazing instructor! She's very resourceful, supportive and enthusiastic. All of this provides a beginning student with a great sense of comfort."
"I was fortunate to have gone to some of the finest schools and had some of the world's finest instructors. But Georgetta still stands out as one of the best I've taken lessons from." -- Mouni Reddy
"Georgetta's broad knowledge and ability to teach different skill levels really helped me expand my painting skills."
"My favorite part of taking the class was the opportunity to learn from Professional Gancarz."
"[I liked the] opportunity to personalize projects, learn from the work of others, and ask questions when needed and receive expert guidance." "The teacher is very encouraging and supportive."
"Instructor had great assignments, provided feedback and suggestions to everyone equally, and is fun."
"[I appreciated] Georgetta's encouragement and support as I learned a new technique. She's one a fantastic instructor!"
"I enjoyed the opportunity to start from the very beginning with no experience, with a patient instructor. She was amazing!"
"[I appreciated] the willingness of the teacher to teach and encourage students to make new challenges." -- Diana Sanchez Diaz
"You are an extraordinary teacher!!! I was hesitant to take your class as I never considered myself artistic. Your patience, guidance and encouragement helped me accomplish some great art!"
"Thank you for your dedication to education, Georgetta!! You are amazing."
"Georgetta Gancarz is great! Lots of knowledge and energy and sweet attitude!"