6th 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 2017 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 San Diego, California, April 24-28, 2017. There is an optional 1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop with leading artist Quang Ho (April 23), plus an art show and more. All events will take place at the host hotel.

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“The Plein Air Convention Is Like the Woodstock of Plein Air Painting...”

-C.W. Mundy

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Transform Your Painting Skills and Have Fun Doing It!

Every year, hundreds of the world’s smartest outdoor painters descend on the Plein Air Convention to learn painting techniques from the world’s top artists, and to learn what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s actually working RIGHT NOW in art marketing. Here’s what you can expect at the Plein Air Convention…

Four Stages Featuring the Best Artists in the World Revealing Their Secrets

Whether you’re new to painting or an experienced pro, you’ll see mind-blowing painting demonstrations live on four big-screen stages with the the world’s largest faculty of master artists.

New Painting Breakthroughs with 80+ Instructors for the Price of a Workshop

Make breakthroughs in oil painting, watercolor, pastel, or urban sketching. Watch dozens of painting demos, all for the price of a single workshop. A week of learning will dramatically advance your painting ability.

Daily Painting in Stunning Locations with Top Artists as Personal Coaches

Make history as we paint San Diego’s iconic scenery on four different days. Our “field painters” are top artists who are there to offer suggestions, critiques, and help with your painting. Paint with 1,000 of your new friends and make history as we break the world’s record as the world’s largest gathering of outdoor painters painting in one place simultaneously.

New Tools to Sell More Paintings Now

This year our publisher, Eric Rhoads, will reveal a massive update to his art marketing system, and show you the latest tools you can put to work to sell more art or launch your art career.

Fun, Laughter, and New Friendships. You’ll Never Be Alone

Meet and befriend legendary artists you’ve only read about. Participate in our orientation, where we put lunch and dinner groups together so no one is without new friends. Nothing is more fun than a week of painting with friends and new friends, then sitting up in the evenings talking painting. Treat yourself to a week of exhaustive learning, explosive laughter, and painting iconic scenery, and return home as a transformed painter.

The Plein Air Convention is the largest plein air event in the world for a reason. Join us to be a part of history.


This Faculty of World-Class Artists Is Devoted to Inspiring You to Become a Better Painter

Check back and watch our faculty grow, but register now so you get a chance to see them!

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Learn How To Paint Outdoors Before The Event!

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2017 Plein Air Convention Registration

The Registration price includes admittance to the Expo Hall, Art Marketing Bootcamp and all three painting stages. *Additional fees required for the pre-convention workshop and plein air basics.

$1397 Buy Now

2017 Plein Air Convention Registration – Pre-Convention Workshop

Join master painter Quang Ho for an exclusive  1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop.  Must be a registered attendee to attend. Date of workshop April 23, 9am – 4pm and April 24 9am-1pm. Workshop price $247. Attendance is limited. Please note that this workshop overlaps with the Basics Course.

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2017 Plein Air Convention Basics Course

For new painters and those who have never painted outdoors (or those who want some basic tips before the convention begins.) The entire session is indoors and will take place the morning of April 24 (you’ll want to come in the night before). This will be a soup-to-nuts basics course, so you’ll be ready to paint on location with us the rest of the week. Must be a registered attendee to attend. Please note that this course overlaps with the Quang Ho Pre-Convention Workshop.

$99 Buy Now

2017 Plein Air Convention Art Showcase Easel Space

Reserve your easel now for the 2017 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!

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