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.


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


Artistry Of Nature

I have been painting on and off for quite some time now and find that Plein Air Painting is sometimes the most challenging, but also has been one of the most rewarding. I do studio painting and commissions in oils and acrylics, love both mediums. I find that Plein Air Painting sharpens my senses and skill to put paint on the panel where I want it to be, with more speed and accuracy while having fun doing it!


Wendie Thompson

Head instagator of the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association I love to paint outdoors and help others to learn about painting outdoors. I am also involved in creating events showcasing plein air painting.


Michael Pintar

My name is Michael Pintar. I’m an award winning plein air artist residing in the Waukesha Wisconsin area. While I work full time in an office, I try to get outside and paint once a weekend throughout the year. I’m always interested in exploring new scenery and painting with other artists, not matter what their skill level is. Interested in painting en plein air? Contact me.



Ginny Butcher

Offering individual instruction, workshops and/or painting buddy trips. I’m always looking for people who want to paint outside. We have some beautiful places in the area. Whether you’re local or from out of town I’d welcome you on a painting excursion.