June | Two Day | Plein Air Masterclass (Powerscourt Estate) | Richard Allen


June | Two Day | Plein Air Masterclass (Powerscourt Estate) | Richard Allen

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Saturday 8th, & Sunday 9th June 2019

10am - 5pm

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About this workshop

This 3 Day Plein Air workshop with Sky Landscape Artist Richard Allen is a wonderful opportunity to experience the best of the Garden of Ireland. We have been afforded the opportunity to utilise the wonderful National Geographic award winning Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall for this teaching and learning experience. To view the wonderful Powerscourt Estate and what it has to offer see https://powerscourt.com/.

If the weather proves not to be conducive to this plein air experience, accommodations have been made and Richard will appropriately adapt his teaching to suit. In his fall-back studio option he envisages doing a still life study which would be some form of miniature/ analogous landscape.

Richard sets a lot of store by planning in his own work- surveying the location, finding interesting compositions and doing preliminary sketching. The interesting (or maddening) aspect of plain air is marrying the planning and intentionality to the shifting conditions that unfold and the constant adjustments that must be made.

The responsive and improvisational nature of the process is what can make or break a picture. Richard would hope that participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the component parts of painting landscape and how to reconcile the more formal with the spontaneous. Practically, he would anticipate participants completing a number of formal studies that discretely examine elements such as tone and colour so that they could go on and make an attempt at an extended piece.

Images courtesy of the Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Materials List

The practicalities/ mess of painting out in the wild can be a challenge and the level of experience/ expectation of you the participant can be a factor in materials choices. This is part of the rewarding aspect of plein air painting.

Richard tends to favour oils (acrylics are not a favourite of his but possibly appropriate if you are at a more novice level.

His recommendations are;

(a limited palette) bristle brushes,

some sort of field easel/ pochade box with small supports (board, primed paper)

+ solvents, medium,

rags plus

charcoal for underdrawing.

Bug spray and sun cream

(A flask of warm tea and a few sandwidges and appropriate clothing, warm but loose for ease of movement.)

About Richard


Winner of the Sky Landscape Artist Richard Allen attended Central Saint Martins College in London as a Fine Art (Painting) Undergraduate, studying illustration at Masters level.


He has worked as an illustrator winning several international accolades (AOI Golds, SI LA gold, SI NY silver, and 3 x 3 Commarts), working with many well-known clients including the New Yorker, The NY Times, Esquire, and most quality UK and US newspapers and magazines.

In May 2017 he won the prestigious V&A illustration Prize winning the Editorial Illustration award and the Moira Gemmill Memorial prize for Illustrator of the Year.

Since 2012 he has returned to painting. I n 2016, he won the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. His first solo show took place place at Petworth House, West Sussex in 2017.

During 2017 Richard has exhibited work at the Bohun Gallery, Henley, Twenty Twenty Gallery  in Shropshire and Thompsons Gallery in London W1. He has also undertaken numerous private painting commissions.