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.



Stephen Jerome

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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.


Barbara Ryan

I’m an oil painter wishing to be a “buddy” with others in my area to go out and paint some of our beautiful landscapes.

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.


Fredericksburg Plein Air Artists

We paint once a week in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia. Find our facebook page to join.

Front Royal

Glen Allen

Newport News

Jenny Linn Loveland

Painting- Drawing Instructor, Christopher Newport University LifeLong Learning Program


Susan Lang

Painting buddy for the Central Va Area. I work in oils and love to paint outside on nice days when I’m not in the studio. Vineyards, rolling country sides, and historic buildings are in abundance close to Charlottesville, VA.