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Beach Painting

Helping you on your artistic journey...

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Painting Demonstrations and workshops

For art groups, societies or social events.

Working in oils, I can offer a 2 hour demonstration of painting alla prima, offering a great insight into the techniques I employ outside en plein air. I can also offer full day or weekend workshops teaching transferable oil painting skills on your chosen subject.

"Both your demonstration and day workshop were a great success and enjoyed by all. We highly recommend booking Julie for your Art Group"

Teignmouth Art Society

"Our members thoroughly enjoyed the evening and came away enthused and inspired from Julie's talented and skilled friendly demonstration which clearly showed how passionate about painting she is, come rain or shine. Julie expertly showed us how she has developed her style of painting in oils which held us all in awe.Thank you Julie, it was great."

Cherry Lyons, Vice President Devon Art Society

 'I thought she was very good especially as it was her first Zoom demonstration. I’m glad she spoke throughout it,little helpful tips etc as I have never done oils .’


‘Julie can paint the sort of thing I like very much. Her explanation of how she progresses a painting especially the bit about how and why she tackles sky and clouds was very interesting.’

Otter Vale Art Society members



Bespoke En Plein Air Workshops

Tailored to your artistic needs, I can offer individual or group  (1 day or multiple day) workshops to improve your confidence and skills painting outdoors. Alternatively I can offer gift certificates if you'd like to treat the painter in your life!.

Contact me here to discuss workshop requirements. 

"Just finished a fantastic 2 day 1-1 plein air painting tuition with one of the best - Julie Dunster. First class tuition and stunning locations"

Phillip Cox, artist

​"I've attempted plein air painting on quite a few occasions over the last few years but always seemed to get myself in a dreadful muddle...I always thought there must be an easier way to do this so booked a day with Julie so I could learn from an expert. I certainly learned loads!

"From equipment, set up, useful phone apps, scene composition, focal points, tonal values, things I simply forgot in rush to complete a painting outdoors. I highly recommend a workshop with Julie. Book one and you won't be disappointed"


Lynne Campen, artist


Painting Holidays

Retreat to Halsbeer Farm in the Blackdown Hills, Devon for a weekend of painting en plein air 7-9 July 2023.  

Designed for the oil painter who wants to take their work to the next level, gaining skills and confidence working from life outdoors.

This year we are going further afield, with a trip to a local beach or river.

The weekend course offers private en-suite accomodation or tuition-only options.

Tuition runs from around 9.30-4.30/5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with delicious refreshments and lunch provided. An optional painting demonstration and tapas picnic is available on the Friday evening. 

Non-painting friends/partners welcome to stay at an additional cost.

Course cost without accommodation: £190 (2 days tuition)

Course cost with en-suite accommodation:£435 (3 nights, Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2023 inclusive)

Optional Friday evening demo and tapas supper additional : £40

​For accommodation queries click here to contact Katie at Halsbeer 

Or for tuition queries contact Julie  


Changing the mood of a seascape-2 day course 7/8th October 2023

East Devon Art Academy, Sidmouth

Beyond en plein air…Changing the mood of a seascape


If you have some experience in painting in oils en plein air and want to find different ways to explore and develop your plein air studies in the studio, this workshop is for you! 


 During this 2 day course we will combine gathering plein air information on Sidmouth beach with exploring composition, colour and value keys in the studio, shifting the mood of what we have painted outdoors to elicit different emotional responses to our work.


Whilst challenging, this workshop will be supportive, fun and focused on your artistic growth. 

Full information at Please email to book.

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