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Join us for the world’s largest plein air event.

8th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo

April 24 – 28, 2019
San Francisco & Wine Country

The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world’s largest plein air event. It’s like the Woodstock of outdoor painting. By attending the 2019 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 Francisco, California, April 24-28, 2019. There is an optional 1 1/2 day pre-convention workshop with leading artist Joseph McGurl (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 the largest plein air event in the world for a reason. Join us to be a part of history.

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“I convinced my wife, a complete novice at painting, to attend this year’s Plein Air Convention as a participant with me. She agreed reluctantly. When the next convention dates and location were announced, she insisted we sign up immediately. We were both blown away by the quality of the content and learning experience.”

— Robert Ryan

“This was the best ‘kick in the butt’ I have had in a long time! No more excuses! (And it was probably one of the best ‘vacations’ I have ever had!”

— Mary Boylan

“I learned so much more than I thought I would. I was able to go out painting and apply what I learned each day. The instructor involvement while painting was phenomenal. It’s so helpful to have an accomplished (and sometimes famous) painter explain how you can improve your painting, while you are painting.”

— Duncan Knarr

“I won’t miss a Plein Air Convention if I can help it. It is the most fabulous few days of learning from and visiting with fellow artists from around the world. Sign up now!”

— Denise Rose

“This is not just a convention … it’s a community of artists and art lovers committed to sharing their passion for art.”

— Mary Gilkerson

Register today and save $500!

Early-Bird Pricing

  • Save $500 if you register now through February 14, 2019

Bonus Pricing

  • February 15, 2019 through March 23, 2019

Regular Pricing

  • After March 23, 2019