Monday, March 2, 2015



Playing with acrylics during Phil Garrett's workshop

WHEN: Friday – Sunday, March 18 – 20, 2016

WHERE: if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201
                 (803) 238-2351 /

WHAT: A workshop for painters of all skill levels seeking strategies for using acrylic paints, mediums and gels to achieve a level of finesse usually associated with oil painting techniques.

HOW MUCH: $250 per participant, to be paid in advance by cash, check or credit card.

HOW MANY: Limited to 15 participants.

WHAT TO BRING: All tools, including synthetic brushes for thicker paint applications (bristle type) and softer brushes for blending and glazing; a water container; paper towels; one prepared canvas or wood panel, 20 x 16 inches; #2 pencil; notebook; and phone or tablet with camera (see workshop description below for details).

WHAT NOT TO BRING: paint, mediums and gel, all provided by Golden Acrylic, and canvas board, provided by Garrett.

HOW: Register by contacting if ART Gallery at (803) 238-2351 or to register for the workshop.*

*Phil Garrett & if ART Gallery reserve the right to cancel the workshop with a full refund in case of insufficient participation.


DAY ONE, Fri., March 4, 6:30 – 8 pm: Informal introduction with wine and cheese to discuss the paints, media and gels used during the workshop and the best way to prepare canvas, linen, wood panels, etc., to get the most from acrylic painting.

DAY TWO & THREE, Sat. & Sun., March 5 & 6, 10 am – 4 pm: Learn which pigments provide clean color mixing and a tried and true palette, how to paint in layers thick and thin and complete several paintings that can serve as reference for future paintings. One-hour lunch break; bring your lunch or go to one the many restaurants near the gallery.


$5.00 discount for participants during the class on Phil Garrett’s widely acclaimed book, Inside Acrylics: Studio Secrets from Today’s Top Artists, which highlights studio practices of prominent South Carolina artists such as Mike Williams and Philip Mullen, both from Columbia, Edward Rice of North Augusta and Patty Brady, Glen Miller and Jim Campbell from Greenville.
Regular price: $29.99; special workshop price, $24,99.


Phil Garrett is among his native South Carolina’s most prominent artists and printmakers and owner of King Snake Press in Greenville, S.C. Garrett has completed numerous artist residences and taught painting and printmaking in venues across the United States, including The Penland School of Craft in Penland, N.C. He joined the Golden Acrylic Working Artists Program in 1999 and has lectured and taught acrylic painting in the United States, Japan and Europe. Garrett’s work is represented in the South Carolina State Art Collection, the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art and other public and private collections in Europe, Japan and the United States.


The workshop will cover how to get oil-like effects using acrylic paints, mediums and gels, including the new OPEN paints. These paints allow for an extended working time that can give painters much more control over blending and overall manipulation to achieve wonderful controlled effects. The paints also can be used in combination with existing Heavy Body and Fluid Acrylics and their mediums, gels and additives. This provides painters a truly comprehensive system of paints. 
On a prepared canvas or panel, workshop participants will work from a selfie taken with your phone or tablet to make a subtractive underpainting using Open Acrylics, complete a value underpainting in grays and go over the best paint and gel combinations for alla prima painting.
The workshop will cover overpainting, blending and glazing. At the end, Garrett will discuss how to correctly varnish the completed painting. Along the way, the workshop will cover lots of solid techniques discussed in Garrett’s book Inside Acrylics while providing a great time painting.

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