Sunday - Tony Walker - Plein Air in the Botanical Gardens Cairns


From: Sunday September 10, 2023, 10:00 am

To: Sunday September 10, 2023, 2:30 pm

Tony Walker's Workshop is supported by Winsor & Newton you are welcome to browse and buy your materials with - up to 60% discount - thanks to Eckersley's Art and Craft!



Let’s capture the life and the landscape right there in front of us! So often we walk into a landscape or street scene that immediately catches the eye or captivates us visually. It may be the natural landscape, architecture or people in urban context that we focus on, or simply the way light falls and creates shadows and highlights in the scene. 

Ways of seeing are so important, and everyone sees slightly differently. Then after observation comes the challenge and joy of interpreting and depicting the vision on paper or canvas in a creative way. We will see that working en plein air is the very best way to experience and understand the subject. 

We will commence in the studio by reviewing the kinds of easily transportable equipment and setup we might use to tackle working en plein air so as to be able to get around the countryside or city and achieve meaningful results. 

You may wish to use the ‘traditional’ watercolour technique or may prefer line drawing with pen, pencil or brush. Your choice. I will demonstrate both these approaches and discuss how simple principles of perspective can assist with drawing. 

At an appropriate time we will go outside for a couple of sketches/paintings in the gardens, then return at the end for a review of our work. 

List of Materials and Paper - to Bring

  • Bring the essentials of your usual art gear in a way that you can easily carry it around (eg in a backpack)
  • Along with a folding stool if you sit to work or folding easel if you stand to work.
  • Water container - water can be filled from the Workshop venue
  • You will need a small selection of brushes
  • A palette to mix on, and
  • Watercolours of your choice or inks.
  • To experiment with line drawing, bring a black drawing pen (preferably a fountain pen with a ‘fude’ nib - google it if not familiar).
  • Bring some sheets or a pad of watercolour paper and a thin ply board. I’ll be using ¼ sheets of hot pressed Saunders Waterford 300 gsm. 

** Please note | we will have the Art Suppliers with us - with their Trade Tables - so you will be able to buy materials at 'The Court House Cairns' and you won't have to carry them all as luggage!

About Tony Walker

Based in Queensland Australia – Tony is inspired by landscape and figurative artwork – worldwide locations – remote, coastal and urban Australia.

His main Media: Watercolour, acrylic inks on paper and canvas and other media.

Tony’s Focus is on interpretive painting – he conveys character, spirit, mood, authenticity and portrays the character and spirit of his subject – landscape or figurative. Tony has his home studio in Brisbane Australia and he also has a studio at Noosa on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

Tony travels widely on painting trips in Australia and elsewhere. An important part of his creative effort is in ‘en plein air’ painting, including painting in remote and urban Australia and participation in Urban Sketchers’ events in cities worldwide.

Tony is a member of local and international art groups, and exhibits regularly in galleries and art shows . Tony was selected in FabrianoInAquarello - italy international watercolour festival in Italy 2018 to 2023. He tutors workshops in ‘Expressive Watercolour’ and ‘Urban Sketch’ (pen/acrylic ink) periodically in Brisbane.

Refund Policy |

You can book your Workshop with confidence - knowing that we will refund the Workshop Fee - less $AUD10.00 Booking fee to cover bank and admin charges - provided we are notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - dated one week prior to the commencement of the Australian Watercolour Muster Biennale - 2023 i.e. 30th August 2023.

Cancellations after this date will be refunded at 50% of the Booking Fee, and at the discretion of the Curator of the Australian Watercolour Muster - Wyn Vogel - depending on the critical circumstances and again notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - with your phone number and details of the Workshop / Event you are wishing to cancel. A booking fee of $AUD10.00 will be applied to these late cancellations. 

Please refer to the very detailed access information provided by the Cairns Regional Council for access to The Tanks Arts Precinct - Edge Hill - Cairns Qld Australia



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Tank 3 - The Tanks Arts Precinct

46 Collins Street, Edge Hill QLD 4870

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