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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.


Siloam Springs

John P Lasater IV

John is a recognized Plein air painter with multiple wins at national events. On top of that he’s a demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention, and a frequent workshop instructor.



Carole Stone

Sacramento Valley Painter


Shuang Li Watercolors

A signature member of National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society and LPAPA, Shuang’s artworks have long been favored by collectors, also regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards. With her extensive teaching background, Shuang has been regularly invited by art organizations for her popular plein air painting demonstrations, art workshops and classes. She also frequently serves as an invited juror for art competitions and art exhibitions.


Kathy O’Leary

I’m a California native, living and painting in Humboldt County on the northern California coast. I’m always interested in finding new areas to paint. I travel and paint during several trips throughout the year, with a particular focus on the California landscape.

Hathaway Pines

COPS (Calaveras Outdoor Painters Society)

One day paint-outing in the Sierra Nevada between Hwy 88 and Hwy 108, depending on weather conditions.
Contact Sunny for location and date.



Dave Thibault

Just got done my first PACE. Wow! What a great time. If you’re in southern CA we should go paint!


Plein Air Mission

Free weekly group paint outs and individual assistance available.

Laguna Beach

Plein air Mission

Free weekly group paint outs and individual guidance available.