encourages the experience of painting the city of Chicago – the Lake, the skyline, the neighborhoods, the grit and the grime, as well as the natural beauty. We paint on-site in the open air, on beautiful days and sometimes in extreme weather. We offer members opportunities to paint, critiques to improve their painting, educational events, exhibits to promote visibility and sales, and general camaraderie among painters.

Paint Outs

Paint Outs are offered on the first three Saturdays of each month, and on the fourth week there is a Friday nocturnal and a Sunday paint out. Often a guest artist is on hand to demo and critique. Everyone is invited to paint.

Membership Benefits

Paint plein air with an encouraging group at all levels of experience. Attend demos and workshops to improve your skills. Participate in exhibits and sell your work. Check out all of the member benefits.

Plein Air

PAPC’s Annual Educational Program for Members, March 6, 2021

Experts and award-winning guest artists give demonstrations, answer questions, share tips and hacks on equipment, offer strategy and tactics for everything from how to improve your paintings to how to increase sales. Learn about the PAPC’s upcoming paint out locations, guest artist visits, and special member-only events, as well as what we’re doing to make the season a success behind the scenes. Whether a seasoned painter or new to the field, you’ll leave eager for the painting season to begin. Become a Member to register for this event.

Expand to preview this year's I ❤ Plein Air guest artists and speakers.

This event generously sponsored by: Blick Art Materials with Gamblin, Golden Artists Colors, Dillman’s Bay Resort, Online Gallery, Peninsula School of Art, The Quarto Group.

Part I – Plein Air Videos (access provided to registered members only)

  • Painting Demonstrations – Maggie Capettini, Michael Latala, Scott Tallman Powers
  • Packing Your Plein Air Bag – Karen Beaupre, Kathleen Newman, Stephanie Weidner, Don Yang
  • How to be Your Own Best Critic (and Salvage the Painting Pile-Up) – Steve Puttrich
  • Color Theory – Joe Gyurcsak
  • Efficient Palette – Mary Gingrich
  • Marketing Yourself and Your Art – Marcy Calkins, Mark Cleveland, Errol Jacobson, Nancie King Mertz, Sue Whitney
  • Creating A Plan for Your Art – Karen Beaupre, Zhanna Biletska, Hannah Heyer, Mary Longe
  • Photographing Your Work – Errol Jacobson
  • Bicycle Plein Air -Ray Vlcek

Part II – VIRTUAL LIVE! March 6, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm (CST), I Plein Air 2021 (via Zoom)

9:00 Welcome to I ❤ Plein Air 2021

9:20 Activating Color – The Nourishment Projects with Soma Roy. 

Soma Roy, founder of The Nourishment Projects gives dimension to color. She weaves art, history, science, and poetry, making color choice and use come alive.

10:15 Worldwide Perspective of Plein Air, Eric Rhoads, Publisher Plein Air Magazine

10:30 Break

10:35 – 11:05 Breakouts Round 1

Packing Your Plein Air Bag, Artist Panel: Kathleen Newman – Pastels, Rich Weber – French Easel, Stephanie Weidner – Light and DYI, Don Yang – Light and DYI

Demos, Artist Panel: Scott Tallman Powers – Snow Scene, Michael Latala – Nocturne, Maggie Capettini – Palette Knives

11:10 – 11:40 Breakouts Round 2

Marketing, Artist Panel: Marcy Calkins, Nancie King Mertz, Sue Whitney

Photographing Your Art with a Cell Phone, Artist Panel: Errol Jacobson

11:45 – 12:15: Breakouts Round 3

Creating a Plan for Your Art, Artist Panel: Karen Beaupre, Zhanna Biletska, Hanna Heyer

Efficient Palette, Guest Artist: Mary Gingrich

12:20 – 1:10 Breakouts Round 4 – Select a Discussion

Being Your Own Best Critic, Guest Artist: Steve Puttrich

Color Theory, Guest Artist: Joe Gyurcsak

1:15 The Art of Inspiring the Next Generations with Barbara Rosenstock and Mary Grandpre’

Author Barbara Rosenstock and Illustrator Mary Grandpre’ collaborated to educate and inspire children through four gorgeous picture books about artists, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, and Marc Chagall. Barbara, writer of 18 nonfiction stories, and Mary, illustrator of the Harry Potter books, will discuss their inspirations and processes for creating these wonderful books, offering insights on imparting knowledge and enthusiasm for art and painting.

1:45 The Big Reveal: The PAPC 2021 Season

2:30 Wrap-up

3:00 Adjourn

3:00 -3:30 Open room(s) for discussion by media (no facilitation)

BECOME A MEMBER to register for this event.

Events & Exhibits

Throughout the year

PAPC hosts a variety of events and exhibits throughout the year. Members are invited to participate in painting competitions and exhibits at various locations throughout Chicago, including their Annual Members Exhibit. Accomplished guest artists provide  critiques of member work (virtually or in-person). Lectures, discussion groups, and workshops are regularly offered. 

A Big THANK YOU to our Guest Artists!

Become a Member

Join the Plein Air Painters Chicago today and receive all of the wonderful membership benefits.

Only $75 a year.
$50 for students with I.D. & current enrollment.