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.



Shuang Li Watercolors

A signature member of National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society and LPAPA, Shuang’s artworks have long been favored by collectors, also regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards. With her extensive teaching background, Shuang has been regularly invited by art organizations for her popular plein air painting demonstrations, art workshops and classes. She also frequently serves as an invited juror for art competitions and art exhibitions.

Hathaway Pines

COPS (Calaveras Outdoor Painters Society)

One day paint-outing in the Sierra Nevada between Hwy 88 and Hwy 108, depending on weather conditions.
Contact Sunny for location and date.


Plein Air Mission

Free weekly group paint outs and individual assistance available.

Laguna Beach

Plein air Mission

Free weekly group paint outs and individual guidance available.


Lori Corradi

I am available as an Art Teacher for both beginners and intermediate levels. I am also as available as a local painting buddy.

Dan Schultz

I own Dan Schultz Fine Art Gallery & Studio in downtown Ojai, California and offer classes and workshops for all levels in plein air painting, portrait and figure painting.



Carole Gray-Weihman

I am a devoted painter of the “New American Impressionist Movement”. My mission, as a painter, is to effectively apply colors in a beautiful combination to transmit the many moods of nature. I try to take an honest approach of painting the specific color relationships that I see to interpret the many light keys that nature provides –that’s what ultimately inspires me. Contact me for class/workshop info, as a painting buddy, or for a personal private lesson.

Camille Przewodek

Good color, or color that expresses the light key of nature, can make even the most mundane subject matter strikingly beautiful. “Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision—it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so,” (from Hawthorne on Painting). I see a remarkable change in my students’ work after only one day of painting. They begin to see color in the shadows. Many students say they have discovered a world of color that has changed them forever — their vision has been altered.

Sacramento area

Judith Perry

Learn to paint brilliant landscapes in pastel outside and in the classroom! Weekly classes for beginners to intermediate artists! Please go to my website for more information.