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.



Virginia Plein Air Painters

We are a group of dedicated artists committed to communicating the value of local, spontaneous art that captures the light and emotion of the moment. We encourage broad-based participation and welcome all. We get together monthly to paint – from March through October, in and around Richmond and surrounding areas. Please go to our website to find out more. We look forward to painting with you.


Art by M Lucas

Painting Plein Air is a fascinating journey translating nature into art


Williamsburg Plein Air Painters

Williamsburg Plein Air Painters gather regularly, weather permitting, to record the rural as well as the developed areas of Williamsburg. We welcome all levels, all media – anyone who is interested in capturing the scenic landscape & wants buddies, you are invited. We welcome all levels.


Peninsula Watermedia Society

The Peninsula Watermedia Society is a local group that meets to share ideas, expertise, and celebrate water based media. We don’t have any dues, are not incorporated, have no board of directors, no by-laws and we’re going into our sixth year fellowshipping and creating great Art!!!!


All Cities

Plein Air Washington Artists Spring/Fall Paint Outs

Plein Air Washington Artists’ mission statement is, “To promote plein air painting in the state of Washington by providing painting, learning and showing opportunities.”


Melissa Alexandria

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work!” Chuck Close. It really is like your piano teacher said, “practice, practice, practice!” And that’s why I make a good painting buddy!

Eastern Washington

Cheryl Fall

After a 40 year hiatus, I have returned to my easel. It feels wonderful having a brush in my hand after so many years. While not a beginner, I am in the process of re-acquiring my skills. Painting en plein air offers the opportunity to get outside in the fresh air while enjoying the beautiful scenery in Eastern Washington, and I have scoped out several great spots in the area to paint!

Lopez Island

Steven R Hill

I teach workshops in pastel and plein air pastel painting in both the U.S. and Europe, with over 50 full-up workshops since 2005. All levels from beginner to advanced welcome.
My “beginning level” pastel stroke exercises have become a hallmark and give students (even advanced painters) the mechanics of pastel application that no other method can do – in a very short half-day. Different Stroke pressures, directions and color layering provide the fundamentals that do help you quickly understand and actually get the feel for using this very versatile medium . . . in a short time. My workshops are noted for positive enthusiasm and are very high energy.
Student testimonials for my teaching methods and about my workshops are available upon request.



Wendy Anderson

Oil Painting and Watercolor landscapes and still life work