Australian Art Adventure 2019 - Painting Holiday with Richard McKinley

Richard left his last workshop with us ready to move to Australia  and so will you. We have hand crafted this art workshop experience with renowned artist Richard Mckinley. We have picked out the best painting spots and designed a trip that doesn't have you jumping on and off a bus all day, but allows you to time to savour this unique landscape. 

We have an incredible 10 days to experience this unique part of Australia with one of the world's best pastel artists Richard McKinley. Tasmania is renowned for its diverse landscapes, classic Aussie wildlife, the cleanest air in the world and the down to earth, friendly nature of the locals that live here. Staying at the stunning Red Feather Inn just outside of Launceston gives us a unique position for exploring this extraordinary landscape. This trip includes daily plein-air or studio sessions with Richard McKinley as well as guided tours of the surrounding countryside & attractions.

Please note our itinerary is a guide only and is subject to changes to accommodate the group and teacher's needs as well as weather considerations. Have a look at our inclusions for a list of what is and isn't included. We have included some lunches and some dinners into the price so that you can experience the incredible Tasmanian fare along the way. You can expect to pay around $15-20AUD for lunches and $35-50AUD for dinners out.

Please note that cancellation fees apply to this workshop.

Combined with the teaching of Richard McKinley, this trip is sure to be one to tick off the bucket list.

Please note prices are in US dollars.

McKinley Workshop Supply List


To be noted:Due to limitations of availability of certain products in foreign locations artists are encouraged to use this supply list as a reference to aid in finding substitute materials. Whenever possible alternatives are noted.


Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings, North Light Books. Richard’s book will be frequently referenced throughout the workshop.


Photographic landscape material may be needed for reference when not working en plein air. Have an assortment to choose from. An iPad or similar digital tablet may be used.


A minimum (90 sticks) assortment of both softer and harder artist-grade pastels representing a full color spectrum and value range is required. Prepare any full-sized sticks for painting by removing labels and breaking them in half. Half-stick assortments are available from many popular manufactures. If possible, arrange them in a suitable travel palette by color family and value. Girault, Terry Ludwig, Great American Artworks, Schmincke, Sennelier, Unison, Blue Earth and Mount Vision are examples of softer brands. Rembrandt, Art Spectrum, Cretacolor, Nu-Pastel and Caran d’ache are examples of harder brands. For convenience, two selections of 50 Girault pastels each are available as: Neutrals & Friends and Plein Air Addition by Richard McKinley. A selection of 60 Terry Ludwig pastels is available as: McKinley Workshop assortment and a selection of Great American Artworks pastels is available as: 91 Half McKinley (half-stick pastels ready to use). A few miscellaneous pastels that will be very useful are: Nu-Pastel, 244-P (Blue-Violet) and 298-P (Bottle-Green); Cretacolor, 140 (Mars-Violet) and 239 (Payne’s-Grey); Rembrandt, 548.3 (Blue-Violet).

Pastel palette boxes from the USA: Dakota Art Pastels “Small Universal Deluxe Traveler”, phone: 888-345-0067, email: and Heilman Designs “Small Backpack”, phone: 530-778-3080, email:


Pastel Premier Fine (400) or Extra Fine (600) grit (white), UArt 400 or 320 grit, Fisher 400 paper are all suitable pastel surfaces. These papers must be mounted (glued) to a ridged support in advance of any water-based underpainting techniques. Here is a link to more information on mounting paper:

Ampersand Pastelbord (white), Multimedia Pastel Panels, or Homemade Grit Surfaces (information on preparing homemade surfaces is covered in the Pastel Pointers Book) are also suitable surfaces.

Sizes ranging from 9x12 to 12x16 are recommended for plein air painting (larger paintings are permissible). Alla prima “field-study paintings” will be demonstrated using Pastel Premier Italian Clay (this is a warm middle-value tone) paper in sizes ranging from 6x8 to 9x12.

Note: Comparative pastel surfaces may be found in the COLOURFIX line of products. Test them in advance of wet underpainting to see how they respond to water. White or very light toned surfaces are recommended for wet underpainting techniques.

Packets of pre-mounted Pastel Premier and UArt paper, as well as various other surfaces, are available in the USA from: Central Art Supply phone: 1-800-863-1444, Medford, OR.


GATOR-FOAMBOARD works well. Make sure the support is large enough to allow for a few inches of border all around the pastel surface. Gator-Foamboard is available in white or black (black is preferable for plein air).Sheets of tracing or glassine paper may be used to protect the pastel painting surfaces during transport.


An adequate field easel and pastel palette support will be needed. Richard uses a Camera Tripod as his Field Easel with a Heilman brand easel attachment mounted to the tripod’s camera quick-release bracket via an accessory plate (both items are available in the USA from Heilman Designs: phone: 530-778-3080, email: Richard’s pastel palette is attached to the tripod with an Easel Butler (email: from B.C. Canada. This is a good lightweight support arm that fits onto an A-frame easel or camera tripod. An umbrella for shading your palette and painting are optional.


A palette of assorted watercolors and oil/acrylic synthetic nylon bristle brushes will be used for underpainting techniques. Have a few colors from each of the basic color families.


Neutral colored Drafting or Artists Tape to attach paper to support, Black ph balanced Masking Tape, Sketchbook-Notebook, 3 Tombow ABT markers N15-N55-N75 (or other comparable brand), 2b or HB Pencils, Pencil Sharpener, Denatured or Rubbing Alcohol, Soft Paper Toweling, Digital Camera (smart phone is suitable). Students are encouraged to bring a few photos of their recent work for review.

Itinerary What's Included

To book, email your enquiry using the button below or phone Gillian on 0411 317 606.

$3800 $500 deposit required

Meet the Teach

Richard McKinley

Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience. In 2010 he participated in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and was inducted into The Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in NYC. His work is represented in several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. He is a frequent contributing editor for the Pastel Journal Magazine. American Artist magazine profiled Richard in their January 2008 issue with an article titled: “The Dance Between Artists and their Paintings”, by M. Stephen Doherty. The…


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