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.





Susan Nicholas Gephart

Susan Nicholas Gephart balances her creative time between plein air painting, studio work, galleries, shows, teaching, and product demonstrating.


Brienne M Brown

I teach watercolor classes privately and through a local art organization. Also, I teach a few “Plein Air” in watercolor workshops a year. Some locally in Pennsylvania and around the country. …

Kennett Square

Annie Strack

Annie Strack is a Signature Member of 15 artist societies and an Official Authorized Artist for the USCG. She received hundreds of awards and her work hangs in over 1,000 collections worldwide. She teaches workshops and classes around the world, and she is a brand ambassador for Hahnemuehle Fine Art Papers, Dynasty Brush, and Chartpak.


Brad Robertson

A graduate of The York Academy of Art in ‘Commercial Art & Photography’, I find myself focusing on “Fine Art”, and recently began Plein Air painting with acrylics. A former Painting Instructor for Michael’s, I now share techniques and skills that I have learned over the years with those I meet along the way. I have an interest in forming a group to paint locally in the Mechanicsburg, Boiling Springs, and Carlisle areas. Those who might be interested- feel free to contact me-


Michele Byrne

Every year I teach several workshops.
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The theme for my paintings is THE ART OF CONVERSATION.
With that in mind most of my paintings involve including the human figure.

Most artists do not add figures to their work, as it is not an easy thing to do. My workshops teach you how to add the figure in a natural, fluid way and how to simplify the subject by breaking it down into basic shapes. I will also talk about how light falls onto a subject and its effect on color and value in the landscape, and how to add drama with your brushstrokes.

I also teach workshops on the basics of plein air painting.

South Carolina


Mary Gilkerson

I’ve been a painter and teacher for more than 25 years and love sharing my passion for painting. I teach a series of painting workshops that guide students from beginning composition and technique, to an understanding of color and light, and to putting that all together in creating landscape paintings from direct observation.


South Dakota

Sioux Falls

Randall Art

I was a combat artist in Vietnam in 1968. But now my passion is landscape painting- typically outdoors on location. I paint what I see where I am at the time- in the impressionist style. My subjects may be highly recognizable landmarks in South Dakota like the Corn Palace or Falls Park, or they may be the less conspicuous, but no less special, places people recognize in their travels along the Missouri River or through Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills. In that light, I believe that my paintings have relevance and significance, reinforcing a sense of place for the people of South Dakota.



Lori Putnam

Lori Putnam’s paintings are a personal and genuine response to a scene, and she encourages her students to learn to do the same. Putnam believes that each artist sees differently and leaves his or her own, distinctive mark. Yet letting go of formulas and finding the confidence to express ourselves honestly seems difficult, sometimes even fearful. Students will leave this workshop excited; ready to experiment more on their own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth.

Putnam’s approachable, giving nature, energetic demonstrations, and hands-on teaching style have made her one of the most sought-after instructors of our time. Her workshops fill rapidly, and are increasingly difficult to find.

Workshops include lectures and demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress.