Desert Ridge Plein Air Painting Festival - Youth Plein Air Workshop Registration

March 7, 2020 (ONE DAY ONLY) 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Phoenix Desert Ridge Marketplace 

21001 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix AZ 85050 

What: Please join us for the 2020 Desert Ridge Youth Plein Air Painting Workshop on March 7 from 12 PM -  1:30 PM. Presented by Desert Ridge Marketplace, a Vestar property, and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the FREE youth workshop is a component of the Desert Ridge Plein Air Festival (9:30 AM - 5 PM) which will offer a unique opportunity for young, student artists to create original painted artworks live and in the open air, while being provided hands-on guidance from professional artist instructors. The Youth Plein Air participants will have the opportunity to have their pieces judged, compete for three cash prizes, and have the opportunity to become part of the official Desert Ridge Plein Air Gallery!

Additional activities at the festival include the adult Plein Air Competition, free watercolor painting activities for kids, and onstage drawing and painting workshops.

The Youth Plein Air workshop is festival competition is open to youth artists age 10-17, painting using the Plein Air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, or pastel. To ensure each participant is given the necessary guidance and one-on-one attention the Youth Plein Air Workshop will be limited to 20 participants maximum. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, pre-registration is encouraged. 

What is Plein Air?

Plein Air (open air) paintings are executed outdoors from real life, as opposed to being painted from photographs in a studio. Both artist and subject are outdoors and photographs are not used. Contemporary plein air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever- changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. This art form requires stamina, focus and the ability to be completely absorbed in their work regardless of their surroundings. 

When: Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace (Loop 101 & Tatum Boulevard Phoenix, AZ) 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 

Full Festival Schedule:

  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Adult Competition Event Registration 
  • 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Adult Festival Painting “en Plein Air” 
  • 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Kids Activities & Stage Workshops
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Youth Plein Air Check-In and Onsite Registration at Kids Zone (if spots available) 
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Youth Plein Air Painting Workshop
  • 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Youth Plein Air Judging (winners advance to Festival Judging/People's Choice Voting)
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Festival Judging and People's Choice Voting
  • 5:00 PM Announce Winners

Contact: Cait Huble (602) 697-0056

ABOUT DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE | Loop 101 & Tatum Boulevard Phoenix, AZ

Conveniently located in Phoenix, Arizona just North of the Loop 101 on Tatum Boulevard. Come experience Desert Ridge Marketplace. Where Life Happens. Set in a striking outdoor setting, Desert Ridge Marketplace features premier shopping, chef driven restaurants, health and fitness inspired options and entertainment for every occasion. Experience upgraded amenities and immerse yourself in a collection of destinations, including AMC Theatres, Barnes & Noble, Barrio Queen, Dave & Buster’s, FIT36, Kirklands, MidiCi, Nekter Juice Bar, Old Navy, Target, The Body Lab, The Keg Steakhouse+Bar and Ulta. A center with depth and dimension, Desert Ridge Marketplace lets you interact and express yourself while experiencing something new and unique in this part of the city. Address: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050


  • Painting Location: 
    • The Youth Plein Air Workshop will be held outdoors within “The District” location of Desert Ridge Marketplace (see below map). 
    • Youth artist registration, judging and awards announcement will be held near the Kids Zone in Zone 1, near AMC Movie Theatre.
  • Materials: Materials for the youth artists will be provided at the event, including: 
    • 8" x 10" Canvas 
    • Oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, and pastels.
    • Students (age 18 and under) may utilize canvas, panels, paper in various mediums such as pencil, crayon, pen or ink and may submit unframed completed artwork.
  • Painting Time Period: 
    • Each work of art will be started and completed, "en plein air", on March 7, 2020, between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM on the day of the event. The event will be held rain or shine. 
  • Artist Participants: 
    • Participation in the Youth Plein Air Workshop is open to all artists age 10-17. Anyone 18 or over is encouraged to apply to participate in the Plein Air Festival HERE.
  • Legal: 
    • Artists will be responsible for the safety of their paintings. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance shall assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display or person during this event.


  • To ensure each participant is given the necessary guidance and one-on-one attention the Youth Plein Air Workshop will be limited to 20 participants maximum. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, pre-registration is encouraged. 
  • Pre-registration can be done online at
  • Onsite registration will take place from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the KidsZone (near AMC Movie Theatre) in Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050
  • There is no registration fee to participate. 
  • No registrations will be accepted after 12:00 PM on March 7, 2020.


  • Paintings will be judged from 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 
  • Each youth artist may submit no more than one (1) finished painting to be judged. 
  • Each finished painting submitted must be signed by the artist on the front.
  • The winners of the Youth Plein Air Workshop agrees to loan their painting to Desert Ridge Marketplace for display in their onsite gallery for up to six (6) months following the festival, the painting will then be returned to the artist. 
  • All judging is final during the competition.


  • The following award categories will be added into the Desert Ridge Marketplace’s Plein Air Gallery upon completion of the event for up to six (6) months following the festival.
    • First Place Youth Competition - $100
    • Second Place Youth Competition - $75
    • Third Place Youth Competition - $50
  • Winners from the Youth Plein Air Compeition will advance to participate in the full Festival Judging/People's Choice Voting later in the day.

Award payment will not be presented on the day of the event. All funds will be disbursed within 30 days. 

For more information, please contact Cait Huble at (602) 697-0056 or, or visit


Please fill out your contact information below.

Youth Artist Name*
Parent / Guardian Name*

Plein Air Festival - Artist Zone Map

  • Zone 1: AMC Movie Theater, Palm Courtyard, Firepit, Food Court, Splash Pad
  • Zone 2: Two Entrance Corridors, Breezeway, Food Court, Splash Pad
  • Zone 3: Two Entrance Corridors, The District Stage, Large Seating Courtyard
  • Zone 4: Three Entrance Corridors, Bocce Ball Court, Playground, Water Feature, Courtyard
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