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.



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Universal City

Maren Phillips/ South Texas Plein Air

Offering private lessons and group workshops through arts organizations. Plein air paintings available, Portrait commissions, and Work available through galleries.


Tina Bohlman – Watercolor & Oil in the Plein Air Tradition

“My absolute favorite thing to do is paint on location. My absolute 2nd favorite thing to do is share with others what I have learned over my 40 year …



Carole Pivarnik

I am a watercolor artist working both plein air and in the studio. I teach watercolor workshops and offer private lessons. I am always game to join others for plein air painting, especially in and around Rappahannock County where I live and nearby Shenandoah National Park.

Falls Church

Alexia Scott, MFA

Born in the mid-west with vistas all around, I realized early that painting outside was the closest I could get to being a park ranger. I began my artistic career as an illustrator, which trapped me inside. Thanks to the computer in the \’90\’s taking all our jobs, I went back to school and studied with some great plein air painters. I work in both oil paint or pastels, switching from one to the other is exciting!

My artistic philosophy is to create in an environment of nature and pigments, to give the student and the viewer a visual place to renew.
Author of \”Pastel Painting is Transcendental\” a beginners guide to painting en plein air with pastels.

Front Royal

Newport News

Jenny Linn Loveland

Painting- Drawing Instructor, Christopher Newport University LifeLong Learning Program


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.


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.