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Oil Painting Master Class with Irene Bailey
Oil Painting Master Class with Irene Bailey

Thu, Apr 25


Arts Council of Carteret County

Oil Painting Master Class with Irene Bailey

Learn to paint portraits using oil

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Time & Location

Apr 25, 2024, 9:30 AM – Apr 26, 2024, 4:00 PM

Arts Council of Carteret County, 1702 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA

About the event


Oil Painting Class with Irene Bailey

Now with a focus on learning to paint portraits!

When:  Thursday, April 25th & Friday, April 26th

Where:  The Art Center of the Arts Council of Carteret County

Cost:  $375.00

All Ability Levels/Adults Over Age 18

Class Size Minimum 7 / Maximum 12

Registration will close one week prior to first day of class

Bring your own lunch plus a snack to share

Upon registration, please indicate if you would prefer a table or floor easel

What to expect:

This workshop will focus on the basic principles used in painting a portrait. The first day students will work from a cast, and the second day they will work from a model. Students will develop their portrait from an open grisaille to a closed grisaille, exploring the underlying abstract value pattern of the subject. In completing the portrait in color, color temperature and color value will be addressed. Instructor will demonstrate each morning how to introduce the next stage, and students will work with one-on-one instruction each afternoon.

Class Supply List (Students to provide)


Whatever you have

Silver Brush Grand Prix or Rosemary brands are recommended

Bristle Filbert # 2

Bristle Filbert #4 - at least two

plus any brushes you are comfortable with

PAPER TOWELS – Viva is a Kleenex brand and is recommended.


Gamsol in container with lid

Bring two containers to allow clean liquid to rise to the top overnight and be poured into fresh container each morning.


Walnut oil or your choice

OPTIONAL - A baseball cap, visor or hat with a brim can prove useful to reduce glare

CANVAS OR PANEL - 2 - 16” x 20” & 2 12"x16"canvases or panels – Toned (additional canvas is optional)

CANVAS TONING PROCESS: Sand canvas lightly. Use pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas, use a brush to apply one coat of Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray paint diluted with water. The mixture ratio is approximately two parts water to one part paint. To apply the tone, first cover the entire surface of the canvas with the mixture using a 2 or 3-inch wide brush. When the surface is completely covered, ensure the paint surface is smooth by lightly dragging the brush through the paint from one edge to the other across the entire surface. The finished canvas should have a uniform smooth gray finish. Do not apply paint too thick as it reduces the canvas absorbency and makes it more difficult to apply the paint evenly. It will look streaky, and should be a mid to light value gray ground.

WOODEN or glass PALETTE preferred

Large palette, at least 12” x 16”

The wooden palette must be treated, or seasoned, to prevent paint absorption. To treat, apply a coat of regular or quick-dry polyurethane. Let dry, sand lightly. Apply additional coats if needed. To season apply a thin coat of painting medium to the palette, rubbing it in. Repeat daily for about a week. It is important to treat your palette because an untreated palette will quickly absorb the paint oil.

Large glass or other non-porous palettes are also acceptable.

Paper palettes are not recommended.


Professional grade paints are preferred. Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Old Holland, Rembrant, Williamsburg or Vasari are recommended.

But not required.

* minimum required

Cadmium Red Deep

*Cadmium Scarlet

Permanent Rose

Perylene Red (optional)

*Alizarin Crimson Permanent

*Burnt Sienna

*Raw Sienna

Cadmium Green Pale

Phthalo Green

*Viridian Green

*Cadmium orange

*Cadmium Yellow Light or lemon yellow

*Cadmium Yellow medium

Indian Yellow

*Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

*Ultramarine Blue

Phthalo Turquoise

Dioxazine Purple

Quinacridone Magenta

*Titanium White  or Flake/Cremnitz/Silver White (Holbein)

About the Instructor

Irene Bailey, from Yorktown, VA, started her formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

She received her Master of Fine Arts degree, in painting, from ECU. She continued her studies with Everett Raymond Kinstler, Nelson Shanks at Incamminati, Marvin Matelson and Daniel Green.

Some of Irene’s prominent portraits include: 22 portraits on the campus of East Carolina University, two 12’ x 8’ murals in Minges Coliseum, CEOs of Minges Pepsi Bottling Group, 12 portraits in six county courthouses in North Carolina. She also has done portraits for private homes across the country.

Irene is an international award winner from the Portrait Society of America, Portrait Society of Atlanta, Oil Painters of America, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC, and the Allied Artists of America.

The Bailey Studio Art School and Irene’s gallery are located in Emerald Isle, N.C.

Irene’s goal is that every portrait projects the true personality of her subject. Her portraits are painterly yet technically precise. She strives to create a work of art which will stand the test of time.

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