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“Introduction painting to en Plein Air”

3 day workshop with Julie Dunster

Julie Dunster, is a Devon UK based plein air and studio figurative artist who is passionate about painting from life, on location, in all weather. She works with oils, hoping to capture the essence if a moment in the landscape. She has exhibited landscapes, still life, marine paintings and portraits at the Mall Galleries, London and sold at the prestigious Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition for the last 3 years. 

At Springhill we are surrounded by many countless opportunities to create amazing en plein air paintings. The Northumberland coastline never fails to inspire any time of the year, notorious for its castle’s harbours and miles of sandy beaches. Luckily enough all of these are right on our doorstep here at Springhill.

Maybe you’ve painted for years in your kitchen or studio and want to explore plein air but never been brave enough to explore the great outdoors with people looking over your shoulder. Safety in numbers is the answer.

4th, 5th & 6th June 2024  

3 Day Workshop £450 per person

Accommodation Options 

We can also offer you a wide range of accommodation on site at Springhill from bring your own touring unit, self-catering wigwams and holiday cottage sleeping from 2 to 8 guest.  If your nearest and dearest wants to come along with your family and pets and just relax while you’re enjoying the great outdoors painting, we have it. 

All accommodation needs to be booked separate to the workshop.

Click here to book your Workshop place

Outline of workshop

First of all, and most importantly this course is not designed for beginners to art, artists must have experience with colour mixing. Secondly, the workshop entails you to be relatively fit and mobile. There will be a small amount of walking rough terrain and our studio is situated on a first floor with external stairs leading up to it. Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for very limited mobility.

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th June 9am to 5pm 

En Plein Air Fundamentals will cover planning for plein air success, how to choose a composition outdoors, designing with line and value in the landscape to create mood and atmosphere, different ways to start a painting, paint handling and monochrome painting, building confidence before using colour.

Day 2 - Wednesday 5th June 9am to 5pm

How to harness the properties of colour en plein air to capture the moment - colour mixing, colour relationships, optical mixing and limited palette choices.

Day 3 - Thursday 6th June 9am to 5pm 

Putting everything into practice with individual support.

Julie will be giving brief demonstrations every day and you will have plenty of time to practice that day’s topics both in the studio and outside, leading to a full day of en plein air on your day What’s included Tuition and demonstration lead by Julie Dunster Coffee tea cold beverages/ cake and biscuits Indoors studio space with table/chairs and soft seating What’s not included Outdoor easels /tripods Substrates Paint/brushes

Useful Information

More information and a detailed equipment list will be available once you have booked and paid your deposit.

June in Northumberland can be glorious but also unpredictable, so it would be advisable to bring along sturdy shoes and warm and waterproof outdoor layers as we will be spending as much outside as possible.

Remember, this course is not designed for beginners to art.

Unfortunately, this course is not suitable for very limited mobility.

Booking Terms & Conditions 

Booking is online via the bookings webpages.
In order to book your place you will need to pay in full when requested on the booking page - you can use any ‘normal’ credit or debit card. 
You will receive a mail confirming your booking, including your booking reference number. This an automated mail and will arrive within a few minutes of making your booking.
In the unfortunate case that a course you are booked on needs to be cancelled for any reason, we will be in touch before the course start date and refund you your course fee.
If you find that you are unable to attend the course for any reason let us know as soon as possible :
- with 6 weeks or more notice from the course start date we'll refund all monies paid - less a non-refundable element of the deposit to cover admin of £100
- with less than 6 weeks’ notice we will try and fill your place. If we are able to fill your place then you'll receive a refund less the deposit. However, if we are unable to fill your place unfortunately your payments will be forfeited (this is to ensure we are able to pay our suppliers and tutors). You may wish to consider taking out insurance to cover this eventuality.
You may swap your place with anyone you like, though please do let us know in advance.
General Course Information
Our courses (usually) start at 9am. Everyone is welcome to arrive a little early in order to ‘land’ and be ready for a 9am start. Finishing around 5pm.
Cakes, coffee and tea are included (unless mentioned otherwise) - please do let us know of any special dietary requests when you book. 
For most courses we’ll send out a materials list from the tutor around 2 weeks before the course. If materials are included in the fee this will be mentioned at booking.
Many of the courses involve time working in the local countryside. Some courses may involve relatively long walks. This will be made clear in the course details. Please do make sure to bring suitable clothing, footwear and maybe a small bag to carry your kit. 


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