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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.


Palm Desert, CA

Marilyn Froggatt

Impressionist painter embracing the California Plein Air style.



Carole Gray-Weihman

I am a devoted painter of the “New American Impressionist Movement”. My mission, as a painter, is to effectively apply colors in a beautiful combination to transmit the many moods of nature. I try to take an honest approach of painting the specific color relationships that I see to interpret the many light keys that nature provides –that’s what ultimately inspires me. Contact me for class/workshop info, as a painting buddy, or for a personal private lesson.

Camille Przewodek

Good color, or color that expresses the light key of nature, can make even the most mundane subject matter strikingly beautiful. “Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision—it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so,” (from Hawthorne on Painting). I see a remarkable change in my students’ work after only one day of painting. They begin to see color in the shadows. Many students say they have discovered a world of color that has changed them forever — their vision has been altered.

Sacramento area

Judith Perry

Learn to paint brilliant landscapes in pastel outside and in the classroom! Weekly classes for beginners to intermediate artists! Please go to my website for more information.

San Diego

FW Gregory


Beginner to advanced on site painting lessons

San Francisco, CA

Paint Outdoors -by Beyond Canvas

Capture the true beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area in your very own Plein Air painting. You will learn to complete a painting study from start to finish, and have and unique new way to view San Francisco – through your own painting. No painting experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided for a 3-hour acrylic (or 7 hour oil) workshop that will walk you through simple steps to paint your favorite San Francisco Landmarks. Create a new work of art for your home, the perfect gift, or souvenir. You will leave with a completed painting and all the knowledge to complete a Plein Air painting on your own. The instructor will walk you through all the creative steps to learn and employ proper brushstrokes, and new techniques, and leave with an improved level of skill. The instructor will also troubleshoot individual needs during the workshop.

San Jose

Suma CM

Workshops offered in urban sketching, on-location drawing/painting in watercolor.

Santa Barbara

Dorene White

Plein Air Artist in Santa Barbara Area. I enjoy sunrise paintings and nocturnes, so if you are inclined, contact me.
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