Plein Air Down Under Peel Region Outdoor Painting Festival 19-26 Sept 2023

Plein Air Down Under Peel Region Outdoor Painting Festival 19-26 Sept 2023

By Jane

August 27, 2023

Oil Painter, Perth Plein Air Artists, Perth Watercolour artist, WASA, West Australian Society of Arts

Plein Air Down Under

Workshops, Paint Outs, Exhibitions, Awards & Prizes, Demonstrations and Artist Talks.

The Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival celebrates everything to do with outdoor painting and invites artists and art lovers alike to join in the fun.

Since the days of the impressionists, artists have enjoyed the experience of painting outdoors. It is one of the true joys of being a painter.

Over $9,000 in cash and prizes are on offer and pre and post festival activities include:

  • World Wide Paint Out: 9 & 10 September, Mandjar Square Mandurah
  • Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Oil Painting Masterclass with feature artist Matt Ryder (UAE), three days SOLD OUT
  • Oil Painting Masterclass with feature artist Leon Holmes, two days SOLD OUT
  • Watercolour Masterclass with feature artist Amanda Brett (NZ), three days
  • Watercolour Masterclass with feature artist Amit Kapoor (India), three days
  • Plein Air Drawing Workshop, with Andy Dolphin
  • How to Write an Artist Statement Workshop, with James Walker

Festival weekend 23 – 25 September activities include:

  • Artists Meet and Greet at the Leon Holmes Gallery
  • Demonstrations by feature artists
  • Lotterywest Free Demo Zone
  • Day and evening paint outs and festivities
  • Two-hour ‘Quick Draw’ painting competition
  • A day painting in historic Pinjarra
  • An exhibition of festival weekend artwork
  • Free have-a-go painting activities for all ages
  • Awards and prizes

 Ticket Information:

  • Adult Artist Registration:  $67.50 Standard Adult Artist Registration
  • Youth Artist Registration (aged 18 and under) $10.00
  • FREE to watch and enjoy the surrounds

Artist Registration Tickets Plein Air Down Under activities at a glance

Get Your Artistic Licence, with Amanda Brett  (NZ)

Amanda is an award-winning, internationally recognised plein air watercolour artist, with works held in collections in Italy, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. 

Amanda will be teaching en plein air and studio:

  • Quick sketching for plein air painting, with an emphasis on architecture
  • Three types of perspective: atmospheric, colour and linear
  • How to work with a limited palette
  • Dominance of value contrast
  • Learning how to simplify the drawing and painting process
  • How to capture a dynamic street scene

A wonderful opportunity to paint with a ​contemporary watercolour master

19, 20 & 21 September

Studio & en plein air, Mandurah

Mastering Watercolour with Amit Kapoor, in and out of the Studio

In this three-day Masterclass, Amit will share his inspiration and skills in both a studio and plein air setting.  His teaching will focus on how to use perspective, combined with the play of light and shadow, to create a dynamic painting.

Amit’s Masterclass includes:

  • What materials and tools to use, and why
  • How to do thumbnail sketches before beginning a painting
  • The importance of drawing and sketching
  • Fundamentals of Composition (Golden Rules)
  • How to simplify a complicated composition
  • Daily demonstrations
  • How to paint street scenes
  • How to paint boats and reflections

September 26, 27 & 28 Mandurah (following the festival weekend)

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