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.




David Boyd, Jr. Fine Art

I will be teaching several workshops over the course of the year. Please sign up for my email newsletter at and schedules of classes will be included with each monthly newsletter


Jeff Markowsky. Adventure Painting.

PLein air painter, teacher and sketchbook junky providing group and private workshops/lessons. Specializing in extreme Backcountry multi day plein air painting excursions.


Twn Falls



Ken Davy

I run an informal gathering of Plein Air artists in the area west of Chicago Illinois. Every couple of weeks I pick a spot and send an email to those that have expressed an interest in painting out doors. I mention when and where I’ll be painting and anyone that wants to join me shows up. It’s always fun and once someone tries it they usually come back for more.


Nancie King Mertz

“Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air”, a workshop to share techniques and methods to work quickly with pastels and gain confidence in your work. Nancie King Mertz, PSA-M, CPP-M, IAPS Master Circle

Dana M Johnson

Karinjini National Park, Western Australia, Termite Mounds, Oil on New Traditions linen panel.

Crystal lake


Eric Larson

I try to get outside and paint every weekend and would love to connect with the plein air community in northern Illinois.



Rick D Wilson Fine Art

I am a Hoosier artist working both en plein air and studio. I especially love painting scenes that evoke emotions of nostalgia and peacefulness. People have enough stress in their lives and I just want to offer something that, even if for a short time, gives them a place to rest.