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.



Marilyn Witt

Marilyn Witt, 765-524-1339, Available as a painting buddy. Straughn, Indiana, USA. East Central Indiana.



Fort Madison

Jessica Kirby

I work with a great group of painters in SE Iowa. We meet up in locations all around Iowa, western Illinois and NE Missouri.



Deb Baughman

Watercolor, Ottumwa Iowa waiting by tracks late afternoon




Thomas O’Keefe

Derby, Kansas 620-224-6526 Available as a painting buddy

Kansas City

Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS)

The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) was organized to promote the appreciation and development of Impressionism in and around the Missouri River Valley Region—from the western gateway to the Rocky Mountains Region. The MVIS is one of the few organizations in the Midwest that embraces plein air painting throughout the year. Members host plein air paint outs each month for like-minded artists. Nonmembers of the organization are always welcome to paint along. Paint outs are posted on the MVIS website. Follow us on facebook.

Overland Park

R. Gregory Summers

Teaching plein air and studio, beginner to advanced the art of painting the land.



Phillip St. John (Henry Hensche student)

Have deep love for plein air painting, have a lot of experience if you’d like a resource.