Plein Air Painting Weekend – Philip Davey
Explore plein air painting with Philip who has been painting throughout his career. Progress at your own pace, receive the attention suited to your experience and learn to apply the technique to other genres.


INSTRUCTOR: Philip Davey
DATE: Weekend Nov 11 – 12
TIME: 10am – 5pm (hour lunch break)
LOCATION: Queenscliff surrounds (weather permitting)/QG&W mezzanine (weather not permitting)
COST: $495


Keeping to a small class of 6 – 8, Philip will share his extensive experience with en plein air (open air) painting and guide each participant with all aspects of the technique at their level – whether beginner or professional. Participants are required to bring their own materials. QG&W can purchase and/or provide some materials on your behalf but please allow 10 days.

Each participant will explore the technique with Philip who has been painting in the landscape throughout his career. Each participant will be able to progress at their own pace and receive the attention suited to their experience.

Philip will instruct on the following:

  • various ways of preparing a canvas or board
  • selection of a palette suited to landscapes
  • how to mix colours and paint (and provide the colour palette the masters used)
  • mediums and other materials (brushes, solvents etc)
  • observation in the landscape
  • composition
  • underpainting technique, application of paint
  • completing the painting using a range of techniques
  • how to revive an old painting
  • critique his own painting so you understand how he made his colours and marks
  • and so much more!

Philip will demonstrate:

  • how to setup your easel
  • how to setup en plein air so you can work easily and efficiently
  • what you should avoid doing and what mistakes artists to avoid
  • how to use brushes to make various marks
  • his personal painting technique
  • how he paints by creating a small painting in front of the group

Philip is happy to accommodate any questions and is extremely pleasant – expect many laughs!

Participants can expect to complete a couple of small paintings over the weekend and have detailed instructions on how to touch up and varnish their paintings.

Weather permitting the workshop will be held outside. Weather not permitting a still life will be setup in the QG&W mezzanine.

During lunch, participants have the option of sitting together and discussing their work, comparing the imagery and techniques of contemporary and historic landscape painters to further develop their understanding of the options available when painting en plein air. In the past workshop, participants kept painting and we all came back to QG&W for a cuppa and critique in the afternoon.

The workshop is very fluid.

View Philip’s work


SKILL LEVEL: Beginners through to advanced. No prior experience required.
INCLUDED: Tea. Glass of wine/cheese on completion
NOT INCLUDED: Coffee (gold coin donation), drawing journal, accommodation and food. Plenty of food choice in Queenscliff.

MATERIALS: Please bring as many of the following materials as you can. Participants who can’t bring paints, linseed oil, turps, palette knife, brushes and boards can pay a $40 fee to use gallery materials. Please call us to discuss your requirements 10 days before the workshop.


  • an apron or wear paint-friendly clothes and protective footwear. Sunscreen and a hat are advised
  • Palette knife
  • Pure turps (buy from a hardware shop, much cheaper)
  • Refined linseed oil
  • Several small rags for cleaning up
  • Several small containers for oil outdoors (cleaned small tuna / beetroot tins are suitable)
  • An easel if possible –  otherwise a stool and portable table to provide a surface to work from
  • Paints – whatever you own; a standard palette would include Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Venetian Red, Burnt Sienna, Emerald Green, Terra Verte, Ultramarine, Ivory Black but bring what you have or can afford to purchase
  • Brushes – bring your favourite brushes, include where possible those in the photo; particularly important is a fine-haired pointy brush
  • A couple of small boards or canvases to start with – I suggest up to 35 x 45 cm initially
  • After the first day, it will be clearer what participants need to suit their own needs and skill.
When making a booking you may pay in full or choose to pay a deposit of $100 to secure your place. ">Email us for direct debit details or call 5258 4927 for phone payments. Invoices provided upon arrival. Initial payments may be refunded if the class is cancelled or if you inform us of your inability to attend, at least three weeks prior to the course date.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: Athelstane, Clydesville, Queenscliff and Coastal Holidays, Ruby’s, Salt Loft, Seaview House or Vue Grand


• Shared kitchenette
• Microwave
• Free tea, sugar & milk
• Access to art books
• Street parking



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Date and Cost

$495 Weekend Nov 11 – 12


81 Hesse Street, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

Plein Air Painting Weekend – Philip Davey

81 Hesse Street, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia

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