INSTRUCTOR: Philip Davey

DATE: Mon, Wed or Thur
TIME: 10am – 5pm (hour lunch break)
LOCATION: Queenscliff surrounds (weather permitting)/QG&W mezzanine (weather not permitting)
COST per person*: $595 (1pp), $446 (2pp), $397 (3pp)


Philip will share his extensive experience with en plein air (open air) painting and guide you with all aspects of the technique at your level – whether you are a beginner or professional. You are required to bring your own materials – QG&W can purchase and/or provide some materials on your behalf at an additional cost (please allow 10 days for us to order).

You will explore the technique with Philip who has been painting in the landscape throughout his career and be able to progress at your own pace and receive the attention suited to your experience and according to what you plan to achieve.

Since the weekend workshops with Philip, participants have continued working with not only plein air, but also still life having grasped a great general knowledge. Philip teaches you to apply his technique whether indoors or outdoors.

Philip will instruct on the following:

  • various ways of preparing a canvas or board
  • selection of a palette suited to landscapes and still life
  • 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 very accommodating and also entertaining!

You can expect to complete a couple of small paintings during the day and have detailed instructions on how to touch up and varnish as well.

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

During lunch, you have the option of sitting with Philip and discussing your work, comparing imagery and techniques of contemporary and historic landscape painters to further develop an understanding of the options available when painting en plein air. In the past workshop, participants kept painting and returned to QG&W for a cuppa and critique in the afternoon (this was a two day workshop).

The workshop is structured to be at your level, your pace and steered to what you would like to achieve and learn.

View Philip’s work


  • 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.

If you’re thinking about booking this custom workshop, please contact us
When making a booking you may pay in full to secure your place for this workshop. Email us for direct debit details or call 03 4202 0942 for phone payments. Invoices will be provided on arrival upon request. Payments will be refunded if the class is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, you must notify us at least two weeks prior to the workshop date. The cancellation fee is $100.


SKILL LEVEL: Beginners through to advanced. No prior experience required.
INCLUDED: Tea and coffee (and a prepared panel by Philip)
NOT INCLUDED: Painting materials, 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.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: Athelstane, Clydesville, Queenscliff and Coastal Holidays, Salt Loft, Seaview House or Vue Grand


  • Shared kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Tea, milk, sugar, juice
  • Toilet
  • No disability access
  • One flight of stairs
  • Stairs to enter the premises
  • Access to art books
  • Free street parking

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