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.



Ken Davy

I run an informal gathering of Plein Air artists in the area west of Chicago Illinois. Every couple of weeks I pick a spot and send an email to those that have expressed an interest in painting out doors. I mention when and where I’ll be painting and anyone that wants to join me shows up. It’s always fun and once someone tries it they usually come back for more.


Nancie King Mertz

“Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air”, a workshop to share techniques and methods to work quickly with pastels and gain confidence in your work. Nancie King Mertz, PSA-M, CPP-M, IAPS Master Circle



Marilyn Witt

Marilyn Witt, 765-524-1339, Available as a painting buddy. Straughn, Indiana, USA. East Central Indiana.


Fort Madison

Jessica Kirby

I work with a great group of painters in SE Iowa. We meet up in locations all around Iowa, western Illinois and NE Missouri.



Kansas City

Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS)

The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) was organized to promote the appreciation and development of Impressionism in and around the Missouri River Valley Region—from the western gateway to the Rocky Mountains Region. The MVIS is one of the few organizations in the Midwest that embraces plein air painting throughout the year. Members host plein air paint outs each month for like-minded artists. Nonmembers of the organization are always welcome to paint along. Paint outs are posted on the MVIS website. Follow us on facebook.

Overland Park

R. Gregory Summers

Teaching plein air and studio, beginner to advanced the art of painting the land.



Barbara Rallo

Watercolorist, inspired mainly by the small villages and countryside in the South of France, where I sketch and paint ‘en plein air’ twice yearly for the past 15 years.
Founder and co-ordinator of EnPleinAirTEXAS, a national juried competition in San Angelo, Texas.


Orrs Island

Chuck Manning

Mostly I paint solo at various locations in Maine and Florida(see my other listing). I am located in Maine’s mid-coast region on Orrs Island. Ready to paint most any time I am there….varies from year to year. Call ahead to see if I am home


Philip Frey

Philip is an award winning plein air and studio painter based in Maine. He is represented by and and teaches popular plein air painting workshops. Philip will be honored with a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art in April 2016.