Past Workshops & Events

COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE with Graeme Stevenson

Aussie TV show comes to Mandurah

Graeme Stevenson, the TV personality from the Colour in Your Life TV show, will be filming in Mandurah next month.  Artists and fans will have the opportunity to meet him at a special event to be held at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah on July 2nd at 12 noon.

Hosted by the Mandurah Plein Air Artists (Inc) and Plein Air Down Under, Mandurah’s outdoor painting festival, this free presentation will focus on the Power of Video Marketing and is open to all artists who have an interest in promoting themselves and their art practice.  Please RSVP “going” to the event on Facebook at

Graeme Stevenson, Colour in Your Life


Best Overall $750 cash, plus an 8 week exhibition at Vivid Gallery

People’s Choice Award: $200

  • Morning Session: 8.30 – 11.30 am
  • Afternoon Session: 1.00 – 4.00 pm

$30 for either session, or $45 for both

Full Terms and Conditions

PAINTING HOLIDAY, Wanaka New Zealand 

20 October to 3 November, 2018

2018 MPAA EXHIBITION EVENTS at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 17th January to Sunday 25th February

Sunday 21st January 4.15pm Exhibition Opening

To be followed by a plein air painting demonstration on how to capture the late afternoon light by International Artist and Tutor Leon Holmes

Friday 26th January, Australia Day Quick Draw Competition

Then – Artists Talks from some of the Plein Air Artists Exhibiting inside MPAC at 2.00pm

Saturday 27th January, Plein Air Painting Workshop (8.00am to 3.00pm)
Internationally renowned plein air painter Leon Holmes will present this one-day workshop, focusing on what makes a strong composition and design to captivate your audience. Appropriate for beginners and advanced artists.
Outdoor painting location to be advised (close to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre)
Limited to 10 participants, $110 per person. BYO painting materials. Book and pay through the MPAC Box Office

Exhibition Paint Outs – Tuesdays 23rd & 30th January and 6th,13th & 20 February  Join Mandurah Plein Air Artists during the exhibition every Tuesday as they paint all around the vicinity of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.  All Welcome to Paint or to just Watch – Any Skill Level just bring your chosen media and materials. Meet outside MPAC at 8.00am.

Sunday 25th February 2.00pm – Artists Talks from some of the Plein Air Artists Exhibiting inside MPAC – Event Closes

2017 EXHIBITION EVENTS at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Friday 28 January, 2017   Exhibition Opening

Saturday 29 January, 2017 Artist talk and painting demo by international artist and tutor, Leon Holmes.

Saturday 4 February, 2017:  Capturing the Light, a Quick Study of the Landscape. Full day workshop with Leon Holmes 6.30am – 2.30 pm   $106 BYO plein air materials.

Tuesday 31 January and 7, 14 and 21 February, 2017: Plein air paint out – all welcome.  Meet outside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre at 8am.

Saturday 25 February, 2017: 1pm Artist Talks

Saturday 25 February, 2017: 2.30 – 5.30 pm  Pastels, en plein air with Trudi Whitcher.   3 hour workshop $60 includes materials

MICHAEL HARDING Paint Demonstration, 16 March 2016

Michael Harding, the UK’s premier maker of hand crafted oil paint is in Perth for one day only. Michael is providing a free art materials talk and hands on demonstration using his high quality oils for all to experience.

PASTELS, EN PLEIN AIR with Trudi Whitcher, 5 April 2016

This FREE workshop is funded by the Stretch Arts Festival Grant Scheme and offers a maximum of 15 community members the opportunity to learn how to paint en plein air, using pastels.  Materials will be supplied.

In exchange for this free tuition, participants will need to be available for a four and a half hour shift on the festival weekend of  Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 May, as part of a plein air activity.  An outdoor “easel station” will be set up as part of the festival and workshop attendees will encourage the public to have a go painting en plein air, using pastels.

PLEIN AIR WITH D’HANGE YAMMANEE   12 – 14 January 2016

D’hange Yammanee is a multi award winning artist, teacher and demonstrator and is well known for his landscapes and portraiture.


Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)

Leon’s experimental and risk taking approach means that his work is dynamic, adventurous and constantly evolving.

His unique style captures the essence of the natural light and allows every piece of artwork to tell its own story.

Leon will be talking about the importance of constant experimentation to master skills and become a greater artist.


Banksia Springs Cottages, Dwellingup, 12 -14 October 2015

The cost will be approx. $60 per person per night in the lodge, or $70 per person per night in the 2 bedroom chalets. This may vary by $10 if we need to apply a single supplement. There are 10 individual rooms and if there are more than 10, we can discuss share options.

Catering is available for lunch and dinner, approx. $35 per day, per person. This can be finalised closer to the date with the Blue Wren Café.


Andrew will be conducting this workshop “en plein air”. He will commence with a one and a half hour demonstration, followed by individual attention for each participant.

Both Andrew’s Perth workshops sold out within 24 hours and first preference will be given to paid up members of Mandurah Plein Air Artists Plus.

Maximum of 15 people and our members discounted rate is $110 per person. ($125 for non members).