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.

PAPC Artist in Residence Collaborative (ARC)

ARC is the PAPC program to improve the skills of member artists. Award winning artist and renown instructor Steve Puttrich was the first PAPC Artist in Residence providing insight and commentary into critical painting processes through blog posts and reviews. Available to members only through the Member Portal.

Plein Air

PAPC’s Bi-Annual Educational Program for Members 

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 live event and to gain access to video recordings of past programs.

Events & Exhibits

Throughout the year – View the Events Calendar 

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 $50 a year.
$35 for students with I.D. & current enrollment. 

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