5th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo

The World's Largest Gathering of Plein Air Painters


April 15-19, 2016

Tucson, AZ - El Conquistador Resort

5th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo

The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world's largest plein air event. It's like the Woodstock of outdoor painting. By attending the 2016 Plein Air Convention, you'll make personal connections with 80-plus of the world's top painters (our faculty), plus 900 of your peers, and you'll discover amazing techniques to transform your painting skills. We'll have painting demonstrations on four stages, plus each day we'll go out painting and break the world record for the most plein air painters painting in one place simultaneously.


The event takes place in Tucson, Arizona, April 15-19, 2016. There is an optional 1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop with leading artist Matt Smith (April 14-15), plus an art show and more.


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Why You Should Attend

2016 Faculty

Something for Everyone

Whether you prefer to use oil paints, water media, or pastels, there is something for everyone at the Plein Air Convention. You are welcome to attend any class or demonstration from any of the three separate media tracks we offer. The choice is yours!



Sponsors + Exhibitors + Art Suppliers

We've created an exposition hall of plein air suppliers and vendors unrivaled by any you've seen before. Conveniently located right next to the location where we'll be holding our indoor conferences, you'll be able to meet with representatives from all the top supply companies, watch exciting demonstrations and get hands-on with all the latest gear.


Ticket Info

Sign up now to take advantage of the early-bird special and optional payment plan!

2016 Plein Air Convention Registration – 2 Payments @ $450

Our most popular payment option! We want to make it really easy for our guests to register and pay for the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Sign up before February 15, 2016 and select the 2-payment plan and you'll pay just $450 each month – it just doesn't get any easier!

$900 Buy Now

2016 Plein Air Convention Registration – Pre-Convention Workshop

Join master painter Matt Smith for an exclusive  1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop. Must be a registered attendee to attend this workshop and space is limited so make sure to register prior to the convention. More details available on the registration page.

$197 BUY NOW

2016 Plein Air Convention Basics Course

Available to conference attendees, in addition to the regular registration price. Top instructors teach you the basics, covering everything from materials, easel types, how to paint outside, how to set up, with demos in each of the primary mediums. This is a basics course, so you will be ready to paint on location later in the week.

$99 Buy Now

2016 Plein Air Convention Art Showcase Easel Space

Reserve your easel now for the 2016 Art Showcase and Sale and you’ll have your own place to sell your paintings in our popular Art Sale that will be open to the public! If your first painting sells, you can place another – the easel is yours for the duration of the sale!

$50 Buy Now

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