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 Jersey


New Mexico


Carla Forrest Fine Art Studio & Gallery

“I approach art as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life. I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their personal environments. While painting en plein air, I think about scale and how insignificant and unimportant we are in relation to the natural elements like mountains, rivers, foliage, and fauna. I think about light—warmth and cool—and the play of highlight and shadow, and how nurturing our sun is in bringing life and death to our world.” ~ Carla Forrest

New Mexico artist Carla Forrest provides an exciting vision of the Southwest through her spectral luminescent works, painted alla prima from direct observation of nature and life. She obtained her Bachelor in studio art with a concentration in three-dimensional design from State University of New York and Master of Science in Teaching from Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of Art. Living in Rochester over twenty years, Carla created ceramic sculpture, fiber art, and figurative studies while owning and managing several business ventures.

The economic downturn in the 1990s nudged her to leave dreary upstate New York behind and journey to sunny New Mexico. Carla earned her doctorate with distinction in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico. Her reputation grew as strategic thought leader and business consultant. As the first elected president of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, her professional skills contributed to its founding and incorporation as a non-profit organization. Now an active landscape and life painter living in Albuquerque, Carla thoroughly enjoys traveling the west and painting this beautiful land of enchantment.

Santa Fe

Plein-Air Painters of America

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

New York


Mikel Wintermantel

I have been painting en plein air for decades, tracing the paths of the Hudson River School painters all through the North East in the early 1980’s with the late Cole Young was a great foundation for my craft.


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.


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.