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Landscape Painting Master Class in Oils | En plein air | Marie Mansfield

This two day master class style workshop with Marie Mansfield is for students with prior oil painting experience who would like to improve their landscape painting skills. The focus of this two day workshop is painting tonally as it relates to painting landscapes en plein air (ie out in the field). Enjoy two days of working both in the studio and in the field at a nearby outdoor location. You will gain a solid understanding and observing tone and observing light – vital ingredients to improving your painting. With a good understanding of tone and light you can bring atmosphere, distance and mood into your landscape painting.

Please meet at Art Est. where you will do some preparation and your tutor will give you an introduction to the course. The painting location will be advised prior to the workshop, however will be nearby to the studios and you will be able to walk or drive there. In the event of extreme or inclement weather, the workshop will take place in our air-conditioned studios at Art Est.

Images: works by Marie Mansfield

What to expect

Students will -
produce several landscape studies working en plein air (ie outside).
learn techniques of observing light
be introduced to a method of mixing colours tonally
learn to give your paintings a sense of distance, space and atmosphere
learn to see what is there rather than what we know is there.

Is this course right for me?

Some prior experience with oil painting is assumed. This is not suitable for beginners.


Please bring the following with you. Some walking may be involved, so you would be best to pack light or use a shopping trolley to bring your materials.

  • Melamine palette or Palette pad
  • 1-2 Palette knives
  • 2-3 Canvas boards (10x12 inch to 10x14 inch or 12x16 inch) or whatever feels comfortable.
  • Brushes – I recommend synthetic Neef Long Flat brush in size 6 (also if the budget allows size 4, 6 & 8).
  • Odourless solvent + container or jar for solvent (solvent MUST be odourless) Ensure you also bring jars with lids to take home any spent solvent.
  • Soft rags or paper towels

Raw Umber
Titanium White
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Lemon Yellow
Ultramarine Blue
Ivory Black

Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue (Hue will do)
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
or whatever you have

It is recommended if you have a portable/travel easel to bring it along with you as well as your own lightweight camping stool.
If you don’t wish to use a stool, we recommend a small plastic sheet or picnic rug to sit on the ground.

Please ensure you bring a hat, sunscreen, bottled water and your lunch, or you can buy from the adjacent cafe.

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • The landscape painting workshop was such a pleasant and rewarding experience. Marie taught us about tone and colour through observations of the landscape and comparisons with our own individual paintings.
  • The perfect introduction to Plein air painting. Relaxed, accomodating tutor and great weather to people watch at the park, with easy access to a cafe and toilets. Lovely course.
  • The opportunity to get outdoors and to learn new techniques such as tonal painting in a different environment. Marie's demonstrations and ongoing instructions and suggestions were fabulous. In the midst of Summer we scored 2 days of mild conditions and the venue had a cafe nearby! A very enjoyable 2 days which was a Christmas gift to me and a great way to start the year. Thanks Marie and Artest.