Westport Arts Festival invites all artists and artistic ‘dabblers’ to come out painting or sketching ‘en plein air’ in Westport. Plein air is simply a French term for painting outdoors. Painters and sketchers of all standards are invited to meet up at the Towers Bar and Restaurant outdoor area the Quay, at 9.30 am, before heading out and painting/sketching a scene (or scenes) of their choice. This is a self-directed event, not a taught workshop, and is coordinated by Plein Eire West member Noelle Angley. There is no competition, your artistic results won’t be judged, it is a day out painting for the sheer enjoyment of it. This event presents the perfect opportunity to meet up with other painters, brave it out into public space, and capture the character and beauty of Westport using paint, ink, pastels, or even just pencil.
Painters can choose to meet up again at lunchtime, and otherwise should reconvene at The Towers Pub at the Quay 5pm for a socially distanced drink or coffee to show your work and compare experiences of the day.
What to Bring: Easel, chair (optional) with oil/acrylic/watercolor/pastel paints (white, blue, red, yellow minimum), canvas/board/paper, brushes, turpentine/water, palette etc. Sketchers need only bring a sketchbook and pencils/charcoal. In case of inclement weather (!) please bear in mind that there are lots of ways to attach your umbrella to your easel, and the town is full of arches and canopies! Suitable areas of shelter will also be identified around the town.
PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT is a free event and takes place on Sunday 25th October. We recommend people book in for this course so we can keep a limit on numbers due to Covid-19. It is a solitary activity so naturally, social distancing will be practiced.