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.


Lee’s Summit

Saint Joseph

Brent Seevers, MVIS

I am a studio and plein air artist, oil painter and pastelist. I am one of the four Founders of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) and Marketing Director for Brush Creek Art Walk (Kansas City plein air competition). I host paint outs in St. Joseph, MO and parts of northwest Missouri. I offer private plein air workshops in pastel and oil.

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 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

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

Loretta Domaszewski, Loretta Fine

Expressive Impressionist Landscape Painter and Teacher.
Experienced National Plein Air Workshop Instructor, teaching for over 30 years.

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.


Wanda Mumm

Wanda has been a professional art for many years. Plein air introduced a world of exciting challenge. Wanda teaches every year at the Susan Jathleen Black foundation annual workshop teaching plein air to the new attendees. She has authored a book about painting and is passionate about making sure future generations of young artists have teachers to help them be our future artists.


New Jersey

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.