2022 #PleinAirpril Challenge Guidelines

Thank you all for participating! Because of you, we had another amazing April!
Check out the winner list (and judging process)

To celebrate Earth Day and engage with plein-air enthusiasts across the globe, Warrior Painters initiated the #PleinAirpril Challenge in 2017. The #PleinAirpril Challenge is an Instagram campaign that challenges artists and painting enthusiasts to paint and share one plein-air painting a day during the month of April. Participants who complete the challenge have a chance to win prizes provided by sponsors. Over the past six years, thousands of artists worldwide have participated in the challenge! Explore the hashtag: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pleinairpril/

Below are the challenge guidelines. Please read them carefully if you intend to participate to win a prize. If you just want to participate for fun, you can skip the reading and use #PleinAirpril on your Instagram posts and get discovered by other participants!

  1. Every day of April 2022, paint one painting based on any of the themes below and post on your Instagram to participate. Be sure to post daily for the entire month (a total of 30 paintings). Feel free to rotate the themes throughout the month:

    • Water - in any form

    • Fire - flame, light, anything related to warmth & heat

    • Earth - rock, mountain, plant, etc.

    • Air - cloud, sky, fog, mist, wind, etc.

(Tip: These themes are open to interpretation.)

  1. On each daily Instagram post starting April 1, 2022 (Very important - make sure each post is published by 11:59pm your local time):

This post is for #PleinAirpril, organized by @warriorpainters and supported by @procreate @blickartmaterials @warriorartcamp @huiontablet @graphixly @tourboxofficial @cupeasels @winsorandnewton @etchr_studio @heavypaintapp @cottonwoodartsbook

(Tip: Copy-paste to save it in your device so that it's convenient when you post!)

  • This is not a must, but please consider labeling your daily posts so it's easier for the judging panel to verify. For example, you can include "Day 1" or "1/30" in the caption or on the image to indicate your first participating post

  • In addition, if you want to get featured by our sponsors or us, using relevant hashtags from below will increase your chances:

      • For digital paintings: #Procreate #huion #huiontablet #ClipStudioPaint #TourBox #HEAVYPAINT #NoPleinNoGain

      • For traditional paintings: #CreatewithBlick #cupeasel #cupeasels #etchrstudio #WinsorandNewton #WNWP22 #cottonwoodarts #NoPleinNoGain

  1. You can use any medium – traditional or digital, but:

    • Out of your 30 paintings, you’ll need to have at least 16 traditional paintings to be eligible for the Traditional Category prizes

    • Similarly, you'll need at least 16 digital paintings to be eligible for the Digital Category prizes

  1. Paint from life or from photos

    • If you plan to paint outdoors, please follow the guidelines issued by CDC and your local health authorities. We encourage you to use photo references or Google Map Street View if it’s safer indoors where you are

    • In honor of the spirit of plein-air painting, we will prioritize participants who paint more paintings from life when it comes to prize considerations - feel free to include anything in your Instagram posts as proof that you paint it from life (e.g. a photo of your setup, a short painting diary)

    • If you use someone else’s photo as reference, please respect the photographer’s terms and avoid any copyright violations

  1. Follow us (@warriorpainters) and all of our sponsors on Instagram

    • This is a new rule this year, thanks for your support!! The sponsor accounts you should follow are the ones listed in the required sentence above.

  1. If you have painted and posted each day for 30 days straight (the entire month of April) and followed all of the above rules, you will be qualified to win a prize. You must fill out this form by 12am (Pacific Time) May 3rd, 2022 to register participation: https://bit.ly/pleinairpril2022 (Please know that we require you to upload a collage image file (under 5MB file size) of your 30 paintings in this form. Get prepared!)

  1. Category and prize list:

  • Traditional Category (24 winners, one winner one prize)

    • 6 x Blick Art Material $150 e-Gift Coupon

    • 2 x Cup Easels Gift Pack (One Superlite Base + One tray of choice)

    • 3 x Warrior Art Camp $100 Class Discount

    • 1 x Winsor & Newton Gouache Gift Pack*

    • 1 x Winsor & Newton Oil Gift Pack*

    • 1 x Etchr Studio One-year Subscription + 3 x Etchr Studio Sketchbooks*

    • 10 x Blick Art Material $20 e-Gift Coupon

  • Digital Category (30 winners, one winner one prize)

    • 1 x Procreate® Gift Pack (One iPad Pro with Procreate® access + One Apple Pencil)

    • 1 x Huion Tablet - Kamvas Pro 16 (2.5K)

    • 1 x Huion Tablet - Kamvas 13

    • 1 x Huion Tablet - Inspiroy WH1409 V2

    • 3 x Graphixly Clip Studio Paint Ex (1-yr license)

    • 3 x Graphixly Clip Studio Paint Pro (1-yr license)

    • 4 x Graphixly Clip Studio Ultimate Brush PacK

    • 3 x TourBox NEO*

    • 3 x Warrior Art Camp $100 Class Discount

    • 10 x Heavypaint Desktop Version

  • Los Angeles' Local Favorite (20 winners)

    • 20 x Cottonwood Arts Sketchbook Set*

*The #PleinAirpril Challenge is open to painters of all levels, from anywhere in the world. However, Winsor & Newton prizes can only be shipped to a US or Canada address; Etchr Studio Sketchbooks
have special shipping limitations, see here; Cottonwood Arts prizes can only be picked up in Los Angeles. Other prizes can be shipped/emailed to anywhere in the world. Winsor & Newton Oil Gift Pack is for participants who painted 10+ oil paintings only. TourBox NEO prizes are for participants who paint with desktop digital painting programs.

Important Notes:

    1. Winners will be selected based on these criteria:

      • Whether all the requirements are met

      • The amount of paintings done from life**

      • Artistic growth from Day 1 to Day 30

      • An online raffle system will be used where necessary

    1. It is your responsibility to make sure you are following the rules. If you are selected and you have not followed all of the rules, you will be disqualified from receiving a prize.

    1. If you are a minor, please know that we will need your legal guardian’s sign-off if you win a prize.

    1. We will form a judging panel with people affiliated with Warrior Painters to select winners. All of the judges will waive their rights from receiving any prizes. More details on our judging panel and the judging process to come.

** Paintings done from life are those landscape paintings done on location or still life paintings that fit the themes.

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