Plein Air – Drawing or painting outside directly from the landscape is a unique experience, open to the movement of clouds and a chance to immerse yourself in the landscape or coastal view. Heather will show you how to take a part of a view and build a small painting or sketch on the spot.

What to Bring:

Plein air painting is typically done on an upright small transportable easel; but if you do not have one, then a board can be placed on your lap if sitting down. So you might bring a cushion or very lightweight camping chair, this also offers out more options to view as you are not stuck to the positions of benches.

Plein Air materials list – This can be simply a sketchbook experience, with drawing, or you can bring along a limited painting colour medium to work with to, to add colour to your sketches. You might bring a small watercolour palette, with couple of brushes, water pot and watercolour paper or pad, or paper taped to a lightweight board. Or a few acrylics in a stay wet palette, a small canvas or canvas board, or paper taped onto a lightweight board. Ideally all your materials should fit in one bag, so don’t try to bring too much. What you don’t have you will do without.

As this is a weather dependant session, make sure you are comfortable with suitable clothing and hat / skin protection if the weather is hot.

Sessions: Tuesday 13 August, 3 September, 1 October 2024, 10am-12pm


August 13  Highcliffe cliff top area

September 3  Christchurch quay

October 1  Milford on Sea village Green

All locations have a cafe, toilets and parking facilities. The Forest Arts Centre will email with meeting point and locations one day before the session due to the weather. Any cancelled sessions due to weather we will aim to reschedule. 

Tickets: £20/£18

Tutor: Heather Jolliffe

Heather Jolliffe is a painter and art teacher who creates colourful, fresh, joyous paintings mainly from her native surroundings of the nearby Hampshire coastline and New Forest area. Heather finds constant inspiration in the flora and fauna to be found on the saltmarsh and many shingle beaches that form this particular stretch of coastline along the Solent, through all the seasons, combining spectacular landscape views with colour and light, textures and mark making.

Heather studied Fine Art painting at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and then in London at the prestigious Royal Academy Schools of Art and has returned to her place of birth in Hampshire to establish herself as an atmospheric coastal painter and inspiring art teacher.  She has taught widely, with a variety of art sessions across the age groups, in schools, colleges and community locations, providing practical, informed art guidance to help people create their own art.

  • Art work and barton on sea

Dates and times

  1. Tue 13 Aug 2024
  2. Tue 3 Sep 2024
  3. Tue 1 Oct 2024
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