PleinAir Live faculty

The publishers of PleinAir Magazine (sister publication to Realism Today) have announced they will be producing and hosting an innovative virtual art training experience where artists from all over the world will learn from some of today’s most talented and successful professional artists and instructors.

The event, PleinAir Live, will be held online April 15-17, 2021. Interest in plein air painting, the practice of painting outdoors, has grown exponentially as more artists blend their love of painting with their love of the outdoors.

The event features the world’s top artists doing painting demonstrations, along with talks and discussions. Attendees can go into breakout rooms with others for further discussion, and there is a paint-along for the entire group at the end of each day.

In 2020, over 1,000 artists from all around the world attended the first PleinAir Live virtual event (see the 2020 recap of Plein Air Live here).

Magazine publisher and event host B. Eric Rhoads says, “For years we’ve been hosting annual conventions and expos and always have excellent attendance. However, the pandemic caused us to quickly find new and different ways to meet our mission of teaching millions of people to paint.

“We figured out how to deliver a high-quality and entertaining online experience to our worldwide audience that is more than just a Zoom call. Because we have video studios and a soundstage, we are able to produce an event at the quality level of network television.

“Since that first global virtual event, we’ve held several others, including Realism Live and Watercolor Live, reaching several thousand artists.”

Artist and gallery owner Elaine Miller says, “I went to art school, and this is better because it features the best working professionals alive and provides more information in four days than I got in years of school.” PleinAir Live logo

PleinAir Live is for all skill levels, and previous painting experience is not required. The ticket includes access to replays of the entire event so guests can watch as many times as they’d like.

Registration is now open for PleinAir Live. To find out more and sign up for this global virtual art training opportunity, visit


  1. Oh how I want to do this again…but my daughter was just diagnosed with a terminal Cancer Adrenal cortical carcinoma and I will have to go and be with her during her treatments…We may have limited time with her and so doing the event for this won’t work for me at this time…but I really, really wanted to be a part of this again.

    • Hello, Jutta! I’m so very sorry to hear about your daughter. We wish you and your family all the best, and will have you in our thoughts.
      Cherie Dawn

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