Plein Air Landscape & Cityscape Workshops

Northern Realist Plein Air Workshop at Tegg's Nose Country Park, Macclesfield

Plein Air Painting: Contour & Aerial Perspective

Tuesday 23rd August 2022 10:00am – 3:30pm

Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Rd, Macclesfield SK11 0AP



What you’ll learn

If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this workshop will help you understand what equipment you need and how to go about creating the depth of the landscape in your work.

Christopher Clements and Kieran Ingram will guide you through exercises covering:  

  • Linear Perspective & Contour of the Landscape
  • Tone & Aerial Perspective
  • Landscape Painting using a Limited Palette

The workshop is based on the Tonalist approach which places emphasis on a particular interpretation of the light & dark tones of the landscape while simplifying the colours.

This approach will enable you to arrange the tones and colours of the landscape to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

The workshop will help you make sense of what you see and how to organise it into a well structured painting.


View towards the Peak District form Tegg's Nose Country Park
Tegg’s Nose Country Park

The Location

Tegg’s Nose is the perfect Plain Air location, it has a wide variety of panoramas. From the rugged hills of Peak District, lined with dry stone walls and dotted with sturdy barns to huge vistas across Macclesfield Forest and the Cheshire Plain as well as the disused quarries at Tegg’s Nose itself, there’s plenty of choice.

The workshop is being run in conjunction with East Cheshire Council Ranger Service. Tegg’s Nose Country Park is easy to access by car or a short taxi ride from Macclesfield station and provides ample parking and toilets. The renowned Tegg’s Nose Tea Room also offers delicious lunches and drink breaks and is attached to the park’s visitor centre.




Is this workshop for me?

Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Whatever your level of experience this workshop will have something for everyone. The workshop is particularly suitable for people who would like an introduction to Plein Air Painting but will suit all levels.

Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced it will offer you chance to try working outdoors and develop your existing skills.

Places are limited to give you plenty of personal feedback and allow you to work at your own level and pace.

The Tutors

The workshops are led by Kieran Ingram and Christopher Clements, both professional artists. Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting.

What you’ll need

All equipment, paint and paper is provided but you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer, see the bottom of the page for a materials list.

You will however, definitely need to bring:

  • Sturdy footwear
  • Suncream & Hat
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket
  • Layers of clothing to keep warm or cool depending on the weather
  • Insect repellent if you wear it
  • Water and snacks

The Tegg’s Nose Tearoom has a great lunch menu however you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Essential Info & Booking

  • Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Rd, Macclesfield SK11 0AP
  • Tuesday 23rd August 2022 10:00am – 3:30pm
  • £80


How to Book

Bookings are made via Eventbrite, just follow the ‘Book Now’ links on this page.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


What’s the refund policy?

  • Refund excluding Eventbrite fees if you cancel up to two weeks before the workshop.
  • Full Refund if the workshop is cancelled.
  • 25% refunds if the workshop has to be abandoned on the day due to adverse weather.

Materials List

Materials are provided but if you would prefer to bring your own you’ll need:

Paints and support

Bring oil or acrylic depending on your preference.


Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, White


Canvas paper or board.  Stretched canvas is not so good because the light tends to shine through it. 


  • Sketchbook and drawing media, pencil, pens and ink
  • Easel or Pochade box
  • Drawing board and clips or masking tape
  • Palette and dipping cup
  • Brushes and palette knife
  • Container for turps or water
  • Rags and Paper Towel
  • Bag for rubbish