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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.



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!!!!


All Cities

Plein Air Washington Artists Spring/Fall Paint Outs

Plein Air Washington Artists’ mission statement is, “To promote plein air painting in the state of Washington by providing painting, learning and showing opportunities.”

Lopez Island

Steven R Hill

I teach workshops in pastel and plein air pastel painting in both the U.S. and Europe, with over 50 full-up workshops since 2005. All levels from beginner to advanced welcome.
My “beginning level” pastel stroke exercises have become a hallmark and give students (even advanced painters) the mechanics of pastel application that no other method can do – in a very short half-day. Different Stroke pressures, directions and color layering provide the fundamentals that do help you quickly understand and actually get the feel for using this very versatile medium . . . in a short time. My workshops are noted for positive enthusiasm and are very high energy.
Student testimonials for my teaching methods and about my workshops are available upon request.



Wendy Anderson

Oil Painting and Watercolor landscapes and still life work


Artistry Of Nature

I have been painting on and off for quite some time now and find that Plein Air Painting is sometimes the most challenging, but also has been one of the most rewarding. I do studio painting and commissions in oils and acrylics, love both mediums. I find that Plein Air Painting sharpens my senses and skill to put paint on the panel where I want it to be, with more speed and accuracy while having fun doing it!


Wendie Thompson

Head instagator of the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association I love to paint outdoors and help others to learn about painting outdoors. I am also involved in creating events showcasing plein air painting.


Jackson Hole/Moran

Bobbi Miller

Contact me for information about the TPAP’s Tuesday painting locations. There are no dues or instruction but we offer camaraderie and opportunities for technical growth. bobbimiller@wildblue.net