PAPC Membership

Plein Air Painters Chicago offers…


  • Opportunities to paint plein air with an encouraging group at all levels of experience.
  • Demos and workshops to improve your skills in painting.
  • Several exhibits with sales opportunities.
  • Camaraderie, encouragement and fun!
We encourage everyone to come paint with us! 

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Each month from April to October; three Saturday paint outs, one Sunday morning paint out and one Friday night paint out (nocturne).
  • Paint outs feature cityscapes, nature in the parks, the Lakefront and Riverwalk.
  • At least one paint out per month includes a demo and members-only critique with an experienced instructor/Guest Artist.
  • Due to COVID-19, we are also now offering virtual critiques online. 
  • Annual Plein Air Members Exhibit at the Palette and Chisel
  • Up to two additional exhibits throughout the year
  • Members included in the two Palette and Chisel Under $300 Art Sales
  • PAPC website: members are listed with links to member websites
  • Members-only emails on locations, exhibits and special events
  • FaceBook page with postings of local, state and national events
  • Instagram @PleinAirChicago to promote our paintings
  • I ❤ Plein Air – a one-day intense event offering demos by well known artists, lectures and discussion. Members receive free early bird registration.
  • Various other workshops, lectures and discussions offered throughout the year.
  • Meet other members at I ❤ Plein Air event and at other events throughout the year.
  • Post-Paint Out impromptu lunches
  • End of season potluck and debrief

Become a Member

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

Only $65 a year.
$35 for students with I.D. & current enrollment.