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.



Oil Painters of America Great Paint Out

Description of Location: Marceline is Americana at its best and the Boyhood hometown of Walt Disney. Includes Disney barn, dreaming tree and museum, local farms, and the beautiful Green Hills of North Missouri. Home of the North Missouri Arts Council & NOMO Art Gallery on Main Street USA. Directions US Hwy 36 runs east and west thru north central Missouri. 30 mi east of Chillicothe or 30 mi west of Macon turn South on Highway 5 then 3 miles to Marceline. Meet at NOMO art center 111 S. Main Street USA, Marceline Missouri 64658 for maps and further information.

Instructions Details The paint out will run from 8AM to 7PM on Saturday August 29, 2015 and is open to all painters of any media. There is no cost to join us and paint. To enter the Cash Awards Competition there is a $25.00 entry fee per artist. Artists must be registered no later than 2P.M. (day of event) to be eligible for awards. See

St. Louis

Vic Mastis- Owner of Green Door art gallery

Vic Mastis is an instructor for the beginner or intermediate Oil painter. There are many classes available. See www.VicMastisArt.com for more listings. Vic Mastis is the Founder of Gateway Pastel Artists (1998) and is presently the owner of Green Door art gallery in Webster Groves, MO.



Howard Friedland OPA

Howard Friedland teaches painting workshops nationally and internationally. To set up a plein air or studio workshop with Howard, please call 406-586-4484 or E-mail him at hfriedland@q.com

Susan Blackwood OPA AIS

Teacher of Plein Air all over the USA and the World! Also teach portraits, animals, and concepts for improving your paintings. For any questions or to set up a workshop call me at 406-586-4484. My web site is www.susanblackwood.com

Loretta Domaszewski, Loretta Fine Art.com

Expressive Impressionist Landscape Painter and Teacher.
Experienced National Plein Air Workshop Instructor, teaching for over 30 years.
BE ACTIVE. EXPLORE NATURE. CREATE ART. www.LorettaFineArt.com 406-539-9528

Learn to paint boldly with confidence and self expression year round.
WORKSHOPS: Landscape-Start to finish, Plein Air Prep, Four Season, Four Day Plein Air, Sky/Water One Day Plein Air,
Nature’s Palette (Earth Pigments), Color Meditation Painting, Paint and Palette,
HIKE. BIKE. ART., Private Instruction, Group Art Critiques.
Available for Workshops, Classes, Demos, Quick Draws.

Great Falls

Sunday Painter

Sunday Painter is part of a global movement to get out and create art together regardless of skill-set. Whether you are a beginner or advanced professional, becoming a Sunday Painter is a great way to get involved in your community, make art, meet others, unwind and recharge after each busy work week. Join us and become a “Sunday Painter” too!

Our group is centrally located in Great Falls, Montana, home of famed cowboy artist, Charlie Russell. Each week we will meet at a different location to draw and paint or simply be inspired (i.e. museum visits or other special art related events). (Transportation is not provided. But we do encourage carpooling and/or caravaning.)

We meet on: SUNDAYS
Sundays are for making art! Start the week off right!

Visit us at: http://www.sundaypainter.org

New Jersey

basking ridge


We are a local painting group in new jersey -NJSPAP for short- a loosely organized gathering of artists (about 100 strong) that paint in various media – watercolor, oils, pastel and acrylics. The common bond between us is the JOY of getting out of the stuffy studios to paint in the natural elements, outdoors. We have no fees, no formal meetings….but always plan a year-end event in the fall, with a show of works done thru the season.

From our local towns to shore points, arboretums, parks and wilderness areas….we go out each week with old friends and new that share this same passion; the love of creating something under the open sky. Our roster of artists include national and local show winners, art-instructors and nomad-artists that travel to the next best plein-air locale.

jersey city


Dennis McKee Fine Art

Dennis McKee was born in St. Louis, MO, in the spring of 1943. From the beginning, Dennis had a curious nature and love of learning that attracted him to art. Constantly reading and fascinated with the “World Book” encyclopedia, Dennis was especially interested in astronomy, biology, geography, motion pictures, and art. As a child, he spent hours at the St. Louis Art Museum, absorbing its rich collection of paintings.

Enthralled and thrilled by drawing from a young age, Dennis spent many hours copying comic books — Bat Man, Superman, Nancy, Popeye — for the sole purpose of reproducing them in his own hand.

By his junior year in high school Dennis had determined that he would pursue a career in advertising art. To that end he transferred to the St. Louis School District’s only commercial art program where he completed high school. This specialized program provided Dennis with instruction from professional commercial artists. Dennis was consumed by his classes, and by his senior year he was working half days at a local design studio, fully committed to his budding art career.

After working in commercial art for several years, Dennis moved to California in 1973, attracted by the diversity of the landscape, climate and features of the natural world. In California Dennis had immediate access to the seashore, mountains, deserts, farmland, and urban environments, all serving to stimulate and inspire his work.

During these years while raising his family Dennis continued to work as a corporate graphic designer and art director in both Southern and Northern California. In 1985 he established his own graphic design studio in San Francisco, where he was also able to expand his focus on fine art. After retiring from his design business in 2010, Dennis devoted his full-time energies to fine art painting, primarily in oil and acrylic.

Particularly influential to Dennis’s work was a visit in 2000 to the Ottawa National Museum’s special exhibit of the “Canadian Group of Seven” whose work captured the natural world in a variety of uniquely compelling styles. The Group’s on-site oil paintings were particularly inspiring to Dennis, as were his earlier viewings of the work of John Singer Sargent, Juan Baptista Sorolla.

Upon his return to California, Dennis initiated study with celebrated painter and instructor Elio Camacho, who helped Dennis to refine the fundamental techniques of painting outdoors. Exhibited in several major cities in the US, Elio had studied under Ovanes Berberian, who has carried on the Russian Impressionists tradition.

Since relocating to Madison, NJ in 2010, Dennis has pursued a self-directed art career, reading and studying fine art and completing various workshops. In addition to regular life drawing sessions, he also has been selected to participate in the annual “Publisher’s Invitational” week-long fine art painting workshops in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. He was most recently accepted to participate in the newest “Publishers Invitational” workshop in Acadia National Park in Maine in the fall of 2015.

Much of Dennis inspiration comes directly from nature. Painting outdoors “en plein air” allows him to experience the full range of colors that nature offers. Oil is his preferred medium. “I’ve tried many media, but nothing resonates with me like oil. Its versatility lends itself to broad statements or minute detail,” he said.

Broad, bold brushstrokes are the hallmark of Dennis’ style, with colors sometimes exaggerated and shapes simplified to most effectively engage his audiences. “My experience and vision have led me to strive for an intense emotional interpretation of my subjects, most of which derive from nature,” he said.

In New Jersey Dennis has been very involved with the local art scene, as a Board member of the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, and an active member of Studio Montclair in Montclair and the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, exhibiting his paintings in various shows through these organizations.

New Mexico


Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

“I approach art as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life. I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their personal environments. While painting en plein air, I think about scale and how insignificant and unimportant we are in relation to the natural elements like mountains, rivers, foliage, and fauna. I think about light—warmth and cool—and the play of highlight and shadow, and how nurturing our sun is in bringing life and death to our world.” ~ Carla Forrest

New Mexico artist Carla Forrest provides an exciting vision of the Southwest through her spectral luminescent works, painted alla prima from direct observation of nature and life. She obtained her Bachelor in studio art with a concentration in three-dimensional design from State University of New York and Master of Science in Teaching from Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of Art. Living in Rochester over twenty years, Carla created ceramic sculpture, fiber art, and figurative studies while owning and managing several business ventures.

The economic downturn in the 1990s nudged her to leave dreary upstate New York behind and journey to sunny New Mexico. Carla earned her doctorate with distinction in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico. Her reputation grew as strategic thought leader and business consultant. As the first elected president of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, her professional skills contributed to its founding and incorporation as a non-profit organization. Now an active landscape and life painter living in Albuquerque, Carla thoroughly enjoys traveling the west and painting this beautiful land of enchantment.