Master’s Technique Oil Painting

Next workshop TBA. If you are interested in this class, please send me an email at so I can email you when I have another date scheduled. Can’t wait? We can always do private lessons in person or over Skype. Email me at for scheduling. 

Taught by a copy artist of the Louvre Museum in Paris, instructor Shelley Irish guides you step by step through creating your own classically rendered oil paintings. We take the mystery and intimidation out of the painting process and create art that looks like it was completed during the Renaissance era in Europe.

We start off by breaking down the technique into simple steps and practicing them on a small canvas. Once we’ve had some time to get to know the technique, you’ll choose whether you prefer to complete a portrait, still life or landscape painting. We copy paintings of old masters or work from an approved photograph of your choice.

This workshop is designed for those with or without painting experience. You will learn the basic Master’s Technique painting sequence and how to use modern materials to optimize your painting experience.


– One 9” x 12” canvas

– One 16” x 20” canvas

– Oil paint in black, white, burnt sienna, terra rosa, yellow ochre and cerulean blue.  

– Sand paper – 220 tooth

– Almond Alkyd non-toxic medium or Liquin original medium

– Gamblin gamvar varnish

– 5 paint brushes, 2 small (¼” width, 1 filbert with rounded edges, 1 flat with squared edges), 2 medium (½” width, 1 filbert with rounded edges, 1 flat with squared edges), large (1” width, filbert with rounded edges). 

– Palette (wood or disposable paper)

– Sketch paper or sketch book

– Sketching pencils