Oil Over Acrylic Painting

Phil Garrett Oil Over Acrylic(1)
Phil Garrett portrait


Oil Over Acrylic Painting

with Phil Garrett

November 9 – 11, 2023 | Thursday – Saturday | Thurs: 10 am – 5 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am – 4 pm 

  • Medium: Oil with Acrylic Layering
  • Experience:  Intermediate (some painting experience with either or both mediums)
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials/supplies students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

In this 3-day workshop we will explore strategies for combining the expedience of an Acrylic Imprimature (Colored Ground) and further refined Acrylic Underpainting with layers of Luscious Oil Overpainting and Glaze.

One of the first issues in this approach to Oil over Acrylic is which comes first! It’s the Acrylic!  Adhesion is the key and Oil will adhere to the dry layer of Acrylic and Acrylic won’t adhere to the dry layer of Oil paint.

Day One: We will discuss the best supports for modern painting and the best way to prime and prepare them for painting. We will cover a basic palette of colors in Golden Acrylics and then Williamsburg Oils that will meet most of your color mixing needs in an economical and practical way.

Day Two: Painting Oil over the Acrylic and also look at some of the unique Williamsburg Pigments and Mediums that I find exceptionally useful for specific applications in Landscape/Figurative and Alla Prima painting.

Day Three: We will paint Oils over some of the more edgy acrylic grounds and gels that give oil painters fresh options and textures for their paintings.

We will finish with Varnishing options for Oils over Acrylics.

**We will do all this using a bare minimum to none of any volatile solvent to modify our paint or to clean brushes and tools and most importantly our hands and skin.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Face masks are optional at this time.

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Phil Garrett

Phil Garrett

Phil Garrett did his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, and the Honolulu Academy, studying under Gabor Peterdi.  He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974.  His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the SC State Museum, Greenville County Museum and the State Collections of South Carolina and Hawaii. He has completed numerous artists’ residencies, taught painting, mural painting, printmaking, and watercolor, in Museum Schools and educational programs in the Southeast.

He joined the Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program in 1998, and teaches acrylic painting in numerous venues. His prints and paintings are in public and Private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan . In October 2005,  2006 and 2007 he lectured and taught workshops on Acrylic Painting Methods in Art Schools in the cities  of Osaka, Tokyo ,Nagoya , Kyoto and Fukuoka Japan sponsored by Golden Acrylic and Turner company of Osaka. He is the author of  the book INSIDE ACRYLICS published by North Light  in August of  2013 .

Artist’s Statement:  My Work is informed by nature, a kind of mythical nature. The power of storms, the spiritual quality of the elements, the beauty, grace and ferocity of plants and animals…. Something greater than myself, something I can’t comprehend. Painting and making monotypes is my search for the mystery within the subject, within myself.

Materials List:

Some paints, mediums, gels and grounds supplied by Williamsburg Oil and Golden Paints.

Some supports provided by Ampersand.

Students need to bring:

Williamsburg Traditional Oil Set or Single Oil colors:

  • Raw Umber,
  • Raw Siena,
  • Ultramarine Blue,
  • Alizarin Crimson,
  • Cadmium Red Medium,
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium,
  • Titanium White.

No water-soluble oil paints – traditional oils only in this workshop.


Acrylic Heavy Body Tubes:

  • Raw Umber,
  • Yellow Ochre,
  • Phthalo Blue,
  • Benzimadazalon Yellow,
  • Quinacridone Magenta,
  • Napthol Red Medium.

Bring a small to medium unvarnished Acrylic Painting that you would consider Painting over with Oils.

Other Supplies:

  • Brushes suitable for oil paint and Acrylic paint and a 11/2 – 2 inch synthetic house painting brush for priming panels.
  • One Roll of paper towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • a pad of disposable palette paper
  • several pairs of nitrile gloves (enough for 3 days painting)
  • Tablet or notebook for notes, etc.
  • 3 small to medium glass jars or cans for mediums and clean-up.

Questions about supplies? Email Phil at philmgarrett@gmail.com.


Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before October 9, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after October 9, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.