Shelley Irish
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Shelley Irish

Shelley I.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach traditional and contemporary painting as well as creative self care lessons. Through conversation and demonstration I pull the art inside you out and give you tools to help you achieve your goals. I took many of the classes to earn my MFA online and have a rich history of learning and teaching online. I started teaching oil painting in 2006 and have taught painting online since 2013. I have taught art to students aged 7 - 90+ years old, some of whom have mental, emotional and physical disabilities.

I teach oil and acrylic painting, and technical drawing. I teach figurative and portrait subject matter, as well as landscapes and interiors. I teach traditional, abstract and surrealist techniques. I teach healing through art techniques I call creative self care.

I truly love teaching. I believe artistic practice is one of the most important and healthy things we can do for ourselves and our world. It is my honor to embark on each student's journey with you and do everything I can to give you the best learning experience possible. I am empathetic, highly perceptive and adaptable. I use warm, direct communication to communicate during lessons. I am a professional oil painter. I run my own art business and exhibit my work internationally.

To learn from me is to have a creative ally rooting for your achievement and satisfaction. I believe everyone is an artist and it is my luck and privilege to be a part of your art creation.

About Shelley I.

I teach painting classes for skill building, personal enrichment, empowerment and healing. I teach customized, individual and group lessons as well as classes like Master’s Technique, Personal Power Painting™, Paint the Funk Out!, Mythical Creature Painting and more. I take the Holistic Artistic approach to all of my classes and teach not only how to paint well, but also how take good care of yourself as a creative. I incorporate creative self care exercises into my classes so that each student not only gets a high quality learning experience in art making, but also some ways to use art to feel better.


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Michele Baber
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I have attended several classes taught by Shelley Irish. All were uniquely orchestrated with fullfilling and productive out comes. As a teacher, she has the ability to lead her students creativity in a forward direction, to uncharted awareness.
Time well spent under her tutorial. My background as an artist includes a degree from Cornish, as well as post graduate studies here and in England. I spend countless hours alone, painting, and have always benefited by the enrichment of a class by Shelley.

Posted May 18, 2021

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Art Teacher
May 2021 - Present

Kirkland Art Center

I teach online classes for skill building and creative self care.

Art Teacher
Oct 2006 - Present

Gallery Sati

This is my limited liability company I own and operate to sell my art and teach art classes.

Art Teacher
Jan 2010 - Feb 2013

Stratford Senior Living

I taught art to independent seniors and seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia.


MFA Figurative Oil Painting
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009

Academy of Art University

BA Studio Art
Aug 2001 - Jun 2003

University of Denver



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Limited Proficiency

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