Teaching 

I offer workshops, classes, and private lessons. If you are interested in private lessons, please contact me. 

 

Currently I am teaching two classes at the Oregon Society of Artists in SW Portland. Please note that OSA requires in-person class participants be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are optional.

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VELVET, LACE, AND FUR: HOW TO PAINT REALISTIC TEXTILES

IN-PERSON CLASS

July 24 - September 11, 2022

Sundays | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

All Levels | Painting (oils) 

 

Have you struggled to successfully render clothing, drapery, and textiles? In this series of standalone workshops we will focus on how to realistically paint velvet, plastic, lace, patterned fabrics, fur, and embroidery in oil. During the eight classes your instructor, Kelsey Birsa, will take you through the basics of light, shadow, texture, and color to accurately represent a variety of textiles. Come have fun and learn all the tips and tricks! You can sign up for the whole series, or register on a per-day basis. Beginner to advanced students are welcome.

 

 

Week 1: Basic Fabric Folds: light, reflective light, and 3D rendering 

Week 2: Velvet and Satin 

Week 3: Clear and Translucent Fabric: plastic and more 

Week 4: Lace 

Week 5: Patterned Fabrics Pt. 1: how to paint patterns with glazes 

Week 6: Patterned Fabrics Pt. 2: how to paint patterns with glazes 

Week 7: Fur and Feathers  

Week 8: Embroidery, Embellishments, and Jewelry

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A MODERN APPROACH TO OIL WITH MIXED MEDIA

IN-PERSON CLASS

July 19 - September 6, 2022

Tuesdays | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

All Levels | Cold Wax, Collage, Painting (acrylics/oils)

 

Learn how to layer oil, acrylic, and mixed media with stunning effects. The focus of this class is to expand your visual language and ability to incorporate various painting and mixed media techniques in to one artwork. Through class exercises, presentations, demos, and mutual learning we will explore artist concepts of color, composition, surface, and abstraction. Students will receive individual feedback throughout the class according to their unique project needs.

 

Each class will feature various demos such as gold leaf, collage, oil glazing, and layering mixed media that you can incorporate into your current practice. Painters of all mediums and experience levels are welcome.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

I provide private oil painting instruction at $50 per hour. You are welcome to bring a friend to share the costs. I teach at your location and at your level.