From Acrylics To Oil Painting in 5 Easy Steps

How to use acrylic paints to make your step into stunning oil painting easier and more rewarding.

Many beginners are intimidated by oil painting and paint with acrylics instead. The approach of painting in layers using oils can be difficult to control leading to spoiled colors. A way to solve this transition is to use acrylics to lay out the painting and then move onto oils to complete the painting. By following a simple step-by-step process the transition to oil painting can be done quickly and easily.

Complete a large oil painting in one day!

This course will show you a step-by-step method that you can use with confidence. A series of demonstration videos will clearly show you how to prepare your painting surface in acrylics. Then compose and lay in your shapes using acrylics. Develop shapes in acrylics followed by oil painting stages to complete the painting.

This approach will give you confidence to learn oil painting with a solid foundation in acrylics. Once you are confident with this transition method you can decide to leave out the acrylic stage altogether. Alternatively retain the acrylic stages as a practical method to complete oil paintings quickly.

The course is structured around the typical painting process from idea to preparation of painting materials and finally the painting steps itself.

What are the requirements?

  • A set of acrylic paints and oil paints, brushes from numbers 4 - 10 in filbert or long flat shapes, easel, painting panels in size 10" x 12", pencil and oil painting medium such as white spirits and linseed oil.
  • Colors to include cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and titanium white

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 16 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • To learn how to move into oil painting with confidence.
  • To develop a helpful method to make oil painting easier for beginners.
  • To speed up the oil painting process without losing impact.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners

Intended Audience: students

Materials Required
Materials Summary
Composition Basics
Basics of Shapes & Values
Tone Your Painting Surface
Step 2: Draw Basic Shapes on The Painting Surface
Acrylic Blocking In (Part 1)
Step 3: Acrylic Blocking In (Part 2)
Prepare Paint Surface for Oils
Step 4: Remove the Glaze
Step 4: Block In Shapes & Values in Oils
Step 5: Define Shapes in Oils
Step 5: Finishing Touches
The Final Result
Take Your Painting Further

What's included

  • 14 Video Lessons
  • 2 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Malcolm Dewey


Professional artist and writer.