Paint Out provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring and seasoned artists to acquire and refresh core skills. Themes include painting and drawing, colour theory, blocking in, perspective, and best en plein air practice in oils, watercolour and other media, both as practical workshops and at events. Our education programme is taught by experienced professionals and covers everything you need to take your art to the next level, with a particular emphasis on Plein Air essentials.
In addition, we sometimes have entrepreneurial advice about growing your art business alongside your art practice covering blogging, social media, photography, framing, pitching to galleries, and selling. Finally, we put things in context with cultural and historical talks and tours.
2023 Plein Air Oil Painting Demo+Tutored Workshop with Rob Nelmes: 14 July 10-4, Norwich
2023 Plein Air Painting Demo with Haidee-Jo Summers: 17 July 10-12, Morston Creek
2023 Plein Air Painting Demo+Tutored Workshop with Roger Dellar: 18 July 10-4, Great Yarmouth
Oil Painting – Demo & Tutored Workshop with Rob Nelmes
Friday 14 July 2023, 10:00 – 4:00pm Oil Painting with Rob Nelmes, £40 for PON23 participants, £60 otherwise
Award-winning four-time first prize winner at Paint Out, Rob will fire up your enthusiasm with an oil painting demo followed by instruction in composition, drawing, blocking in, value and colour mixing, whilst artists paint around the bustling environs of the colourful and historic Norwich Market. Rob loves plein air because of “the sense of urgency, promoting a more instinctive reaction and vibrant result.” Open to all levels, probably beginning at Whitlingham Park and then heading to Norwich Market.
Oil Painting – Demonstration with Haidee-Jo Summers
Monday 17 July 2023, 10:00 – 12:00pm Oil Painting with Haidee-Jo Summers, £20 for PON23 participants, £30 otherwise
Watch and learn from Paint Out’s first ever winning artist (2014), internationally acclaimed plein air painter and author of “Plein Air Painting with Oils”. Haidee will talk you through her plein air process with Q&A in the surroundings of the coastal scene that is Morston Creek. Open to all levels. “My work is a celebration of light-filled moments revealed in rich and vibrant oil paint using my personal visual language of fresh and direct brushmarks.”
Oil Painting – Demo & Tutored Workshop with Roger Dellar
Tuesday 18 July 2023, 10:00 – 4:00pm Oil Painting with Roger Dellar, £40 for PON23 participants, £60 otherwise
Enjoy a day at the seaside where seasoned professional Roger will commence with a short demo, followed by instruction in composition, how to block in and build up your painting and successfully introduce figures from those fleeting plein air moments. Colour, values, and brushwork tips and skills throughout. Roger “is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject.” Open to all levels.
Paint Out Norfolk 15-24 July 2022 saw 700+ paintings created by 75+ plein air artists at a dozen Norwich and Norfolk locations around coast and countryside with a week-long rolling exhibition at Whitlingham Country Park, Friday Awards and Private View with prestigious judges, and Weekend Final View. See the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Paint Out Norfolk 2021
Paint Out Norfolk 16-24 July 2021 saw 600+ paintings created by 70+ plein air artists at a dozen Norwich and Norfolk locations around coast and countryside with a week-long rolling exhibition at Whitlingham Country Park, Friday Awards and Private View with prestigious judges, and Saturday all-day Final View. See the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Paint Out Norfolk 2020
Paint Out Norfolk 16-23 July 2020 saw 400+ paintings created by 50+ plein air artists at a dozen Norwich and Norfolk locations around coast and countryside with a week long rolling exhibition at Whitlingham Country Park and last day Final View. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Paint Out Gardens Series 2019
Paint Out Gardens in Norfolk ran May-October 2019 and saw 130 paintings created by 36 plein air artists across the seasons and 6 hidden or historic gardens. Prizes were awarded by Norfolk-based Art Historian, Charlotte Crawley – a former curator and past Director of the East Anglia Art Fund, as well as Tom Humphrey and Sophie Barratt of the Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Paint Out Holt 2019
Paint Out Holt 19-20 July 2019 saw 55 paintings created by 22 plein air artists across 3 sessions from Friday to Saturday morning ahead of opening the Holt Festival at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt. Prizes were awarded by Robert Upstone, former Senior Curator of 20th Century Art at Tate and Norfolk-based Art Historian, Charlotte Crawley – a former curator and past Director of the East Anglia Art Fund. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Paint Out Norfolk 2019
Paint Out Norfolk 1-5 July 2019 saw 100 paintings created by 27 plein air artists at 5 Norwich and Norfolk locations from coast to county ending at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art for a last day paint out and Private View. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.
Karen Adams, Paul Alcock, John Behm, Mary Blue Brady, Shaun Carey, James Colman (guest artist), Tom Cringle, Sheila Cunningham, Jan Dingle, Jan Gaska, Jack Godfrey, Audrey Hay, Julie Hodgson, Mary Kallagher, Susanna MacInnes, Aggie Matyjaszek, Eloise O’Hare, Georgina Potter, Sam Robbins, Lesley Williams
Paint Out Great Yarmouth 2018
Paint Out Great Yarmouth took place in the historic Norfolk coastal town on 1 September 2018. Yarmouth has featured in historic paintings and its history in art was portrayed during ‘Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman‘ which explored the identity of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding landscape through the artwork it has inspired. J.M.W Turner and John Constable, Norwich School of painters such as Joseph Stannard, John Sell Cotman and John Crome were all drawn to paint here.
Paint Out Sudbury took place in the historic wool and silk town on 30 June 2018, on the Essex/Suffolk border, home to Thomas Gainsborough who inspired John Constable, with picturesque scenery including the Water Meadows, Valley Trail and River Stour, the old railway line, market town itself, St Peter’s Church, and Gainsborough’s house and garden, among the 247 Heritage Listed buildings. One day, two sessions, en plein air! View the gallery of artworks online.
Paint Out 2017 saw an en plein air invitational event at the Royal Norfolk Show. Fifteen hardy artists painted all the colour and character of the UK’s largest two-day agricultural event amidst torrential downpours and mud to rival Glastonbury! From fairground to farriers, and pigs to poultry, there was plenty to paint. Our artists were positioned around the Norfolk Showground site, returning their wet artworks every few hours to our tent for a live art auction on the first day, and continually refreshed rolling exhibition over both days. View the gallery of artworks online.