Though anyone can learn to paint on their own, the best and fastest way to learn and avoid frustration is to find someone who can teach you the tricks and techniques. You'll speed your learning process and make bigger strides fast. Most instructors offer workshops, which are a one week course with other students. Some offer private lessons and group lessons you can take daily or weekly.

Use our directory to find an artist in your area. If you don't find one, search 'artist', 'plein air', and your town or area and contact them to see if they teach, or know someone who does. You may also find a plein air club in your area offering classes, and its members may invite you to paint with them.



Fredericksburg Plein Air Artists

We paint once a week in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia. Find our facebook page to join.

Front Royal

Glen Allen

Newport News

Jenny Linn Loveland

Painting- Drawing Instructor, Christopher Newport University LifeLong Learning Program


Susan Lang

Painting buddy for the Central Va Area. I work in oils and love to paint outside on nice days when I’m not in the studio. Vineyards, rolling country sides, and historic buildings are in abundance close to Charlottesville, VA.


Virginia Plein Air Painters

We are a group of dedicated artists committed to communicating the value of local, spontaneous art that captures the light and emotion of the moment. We encourage broad-based participation and welcome all. We get together monthly to paint – from March through October, in and around Richmond and surrounding areas. Please go to our website to find out more. We look forward to painting with you.


Art by M Lucas

Painting Plein Air is a fascinating journey translating nature into art


Williamsburg Plein Air Painters

Williamsburg Plein Air Painters gather regularly, weather permitting, to record the rural as well as the developed areas of Williamsburg. We welcome all levels, all media – anyone who is interested in capturing the scenic landscape & wants buddies, you are invited. We welcome all levels.


Peninsula Watermedia Society

The Peninsula Watermedia Society is a local group that meets to share ideas, expertise, and celebrate water based media. We don’t have any dues, are not incorporated, have no board of directors, no by-laws and we’re going into our sixth year fellowshipping and creating great Art!!!!