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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.

New Mexico

Santa Fe

Plein-Air Painters of America

PAPA, founded in 1986, comprises professional artists renowned for plein-air and studio paintings.

New York


Gayle Madeira

Gayle Madeira is a contemporary artist who paints in the classical tradition. She lives and works in Astoria Queens, New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the State University of New York, College at Purchase (1992) and has also studied anatomy, drawing, and painting at the Art Student’s League, School of Visual Arts, Grand Central Academy, New York Academy of Art, and Salmagundi Club.

Gayle’s work has been exhibited at The National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Principle Gallery, Foundation Gallery, and the New York Hall of Science, among others. Her paintings have appeared in various magazines, books, and films and have been finalists in the Artist’s Magazine (2009, 2015), the Art Renewal Center’s juried salons (2015, 2016, 2017), and the Portrait Society of America (2016) competitions, among others.

Hyde Park

Tarryl Fine Art

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a painting buddy, or if you would like a demo, talk or instruction on plein air painting.

New York


Barbara Jablonski

Nature is Barbara’s Palette
Barbara Jablonski loves painting plein air, that is, on site, “in open air” – winter, spring, summer and fall. Anywhere she travels she will paint — N.Y.S., the seashore, boats, the mountains, our national parks and Europe. Barbara captures
color and light while painting contemporary life in her landscapes. She loves architecture, nautical scenes, and winter scenes throughout this beautiful land.

Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc.

Organized in September, 2005, Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc. is an artist association that promotes and inspires quality, plein air painting while providing socially pleasant painting opportunities for its membership throughout the year. Our artists who paint in the outdoors reside throughout the Greater Rochester, Genesee Valley and Finger Lakes regions. Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters meets regularly all year round to paint landscapes, cityscapes and waterscapes. GVPAP also offers workshops and a juried, competitive art show. Members are practicing, experienced plein air artists. Artist applicants are encouraged to join GVPAP. All “painting” mediums (oil, watermedia, pastel) are welcome.

We hold to the definition of plein air painting that 85% of plein air painting must be completed on site “in plein air” (in natural daylight).


Carol Allen

I am happy to paint with anyone visiting the northeast NY, I am a few minutes from Lake Champlain, half an hour from the Adirondacks and an hour from Montreal.
I would love to introduce people to watercolor painting, and give lessons to beginners. I am a member of a plein air group called 13 Sundays in the Sun and we paint in different locations every Sunday in the summer. Contact me to find out where we will be next. It is 5 dollars for one session and 20 dollars for the season. (20 dollars for an individual and their family). Rain or shine! I am on Facebook.

Port Washington

Cow Neck Painters

The Cow Neck Painters offers plein air painting and drawing classes to Adults and Children. Spring through late Fall all classes are held outside (plein air). The Winter month’s classes are held indoors in the lower level of the Historic Sands Willets House. Children’s Classes are Saturday Morning from 10-12PM and 1-3PM. Adult Classes are Tuesday and Wednesday form 10AM-12:30PM. Lawrence Chrapliwy and Lynne Chrapliwy are the instructors.


Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters

The Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters is a chapter of the New York Plein Air Painters, serving the Rochester, NY area.

Seneca Falls

Seneca County Plein Air Group

Our Seneca County Plein Air Group is made up of local artists who gather the third Tuesday each month to paint a local scene. We paint May through October starting at 9:am. We are a loose group and have no formal meetings. We just have fun together painting! Everyone at all levels are welcome to join us! We paint local scenes including: Vineyards, The Finger Lakes, Canals, Local Landmarks, Waterfalls, Farms, and Citys or Villages.


Mike Novik – S.C.P.A.G. Coordinator
8420 Bay Street
Sodus Point, NY. 14555

Cell# 1-508-776-7962