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Challenge yourself with Plein Air for your chance to WIN!
Jump start your creativity this summer and take your art outdoors!

JUNE 15 to JULY 15, 2023


3 Ways To Participate

Plein Air Online Gallery

June 15th - July 15th, 2023

For the artist that does their own thing. Go plein air painting on your own or with your own group.

Share your experience on Instagram with the hashtag #OpusPleinAirChallenge and tag us @opusartsupplies! Each post you share will be another entry for a chance to WIN!


Local Plein Air Adventures

Various Dates & Times

Back by popular demand! Join a group of artists on a plein air adventure. Get to know other local artists and embark on the trials of Plein Air Painting.

Plus, join early to receive free art supplies goodies from Opus, Derwent, and Winsor & Newton, while supplies last.


The Original Opus Plein Air Challenge on July 1

July 1, 2023

The original in-person challenge, formerly known as the Outdoor Painting Challenge. Join your favourite Opus location in this long-standing event celebrating community and creating art outdoors. Bring your plein air kit, pick up a surface at the check-in spot and the rest is up to you! Near the end of the event, submit your artwork for a mini exhibit, and gather round for announcements and draw prizes!



Post to Instagram using #OpusPleinAirChallenge to submit your entries to the community gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Opus Plein Air Challenge, is an annual community challenge by Opus Art Supplies that encourages artists to take their art practice outdoors. Historically, the challenge took place on 1 specific day, drawing crowds from all over. Today, the challenge has evolved to allow users to participate in more ways than ever before: on your own, with a small group, or at the 1-day event.

To Participate in the Opus Plein Air Challenge, you have 3 options:

  1. Go outdoors and enjoy a day plein air painting, capture some moment and share your experience to our #OpusPleinAirChallenge gallery on Instagram.
  2. Join an artist on a Plein Air Adventure. Each store will be hosting local artists to take artists around the community plein air painting.
  3. Join your favourite Opus location on their July 1st event, where you can WIN prizes that same day, join in the community celebrations, and capture it all in your Plein Air artwork.

You can participate in a variety of events or go out on your own from June 15,2023 to July 15, 2023.

To share your artwork to our online gallery, post an image of it on Instagram using the hashtag #OpusPleinAirChallenge.

There are many ways to win prizes with this year's Opus Plein Air Challenge:

If participating in the virtual online gallery, prizes will be awarded to randomly selected participants shortly after July 15th, 2023.

If participating in a plein-air adventure, you will receive entry slips for our store draw after each outing. Prizes will be drawn and winners will be contacted shortly after July 15, 2023.

If participating in the one-day July 1, 2023 event at your favourite opus location, prizes will be randomly awarded to randomly selected participants that same day during the closing remarks near the end of the indicated event time.

You can create any kind of art that you enjoy, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, etc. The challenge is meant to encourage artistic expression, so feel free to let your creativity flow! We will say, some mediums are harder to practice outdoors. We recommend: watercolour painting, acrylic painting, oil painting, and drawing.

You definitely can! While entries are only gained by sharing/posting on Instagram using the hashtag #OpusPleinAirChallenge, we encourage everyone to share their experience of creating outdoors.

Yes, the challenge is open to artists from any country. Although, to be eligible to win prizes you must be able to pick the prize up from an Opus Art Supplies location.