Georgetta Gancarz - Art Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Georgetta's Background

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 18 books and is opening another art program in Europe. Her books are available online and in libraries (see links below).

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

I work with students on a supportive, energetic, and friendly, but professional, level. I want students to feel comfortable and positive when learning, so they can have the freedom to create and express themselves.

I believe good learning happens when you captivate the student and listen to their needs. I am not a teacher just only to give instructions, I want my students to take the knowledge they received in my classes and apply them uniquely to their work. This makes the student a bit of a creative leader themselves. I teach painting, but I also teach learning.

My classroom is really like a second home for me, therefore it is clean and organized, but fun and creative. I want my students to feel like it is their home too.

My classroom dynamic is one of acceptance, sharing, supporting, promoting, and always growing through exploration and knowledge. Respect for our studio and materials are important, too -- this means keeping the work space clean and safe.

I offer students a materials list that I created with various art materials from local stores. Students can also purchase my ART - POLI line of paints. During the first session, I give students handouts from my painting book, PAINTING FOR EVERYONE©, that describes what to look for in a good quality paint, brush, and canvas. I also do classroom demos, showing the results of different supplies.

Georgetta's Testimonials

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.


[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