Plein Air in the Berkshires

Guild Members:

Propose a time on either FaceBook group: Guild of Berkshire Artists Members or Berkshire Plein Air

​Schedule resuming June 2022

Daily, 9:30 am-1 pm

Subject to weather and restrictions.

SIGN UP HERE for specific Plein Air dates

Join us painting, sketching or photographing every day, 9:30 am-1 pm, weather permitting. Click on our Plein Air Instagram link for weather and location updates daily at 8 am.


Includes a lunchtime positive critique. Bring all your supplies and lunch, or buy lunch at Hancock, the Mount and West Stockbridge. Bring your tools and brushes home to clean, and leave area pristine. 

This program is free to Guild of Berkshire Artists members and open to others for $50 a year or $10 a day. 

NOTE: **Membership or daily rate to Hancock Shaker Village, The Mount, Berkshire Botanical Garden, and Norman Rockwell Museum is required. We recommend membership in NARM, North American Reciprocal Museum Association, to get into all these places and 850+ more. Pick your favorite place to support at the NARM membership level. Membership cards are required. 

Monday: **Hancock Shaker Village 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA 01201, meet at picnic tables, 413-443-1088

Tuesday: Great Barrington,  and sometimes Pittsfield, Sheffield, Cheshire, and other locations. Housatonic River, downtown and Bard College at Simon’s Rock, bring lunch.

Wednesday: Stockbridge, town center, Ice Glen, **Naumkeag, and **Berkshire Botanical Garden, bring lunch. 5 West Stockbridge Rd, Rt. 102, MA 01262, 413-298-3926.

Thursday: **The Mount, Lunch on the terrace! 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA 01240, 413-551-5111.  So you can park in the lower parking area please arrive by 9:35 am.

Friday: Lenox, town center, Lilac Park, Library Park, Frelinghuysen Museum, etc. Bring a lunch, eat at location or plan to eat nearby. Lenox, MA 01240.

Saturday: West Stockbridge. Meet at municipal parking lot across from Post Office. Lots of good places for lunch here. Williams River with its three bridges, Pond, Turn Park, 1854 Town Hall, No. Six Depot, Shaker Mill Bookstore, Six Depot, Public Market and The Foundry. 

Sunday: **Norman Rockwell Museum grounds. Lunch on the terrace. 9 Glendale Road, Rt. 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262, 413-298-4100.

Use the live Instagram feed below to check Plein Air locations, times and weather around 8 am on the mornings of a session. Please refresh your browser to get the latest feed.

Join our Plein Air group to paint, draw and photograph outside at different Berkshire locations each day of the week, weather and regulations permitting, 9:30-1pm free for members ($52 a year), @$10 a day or $50 a week non members who abide by our rules.


Check for weather, location or regulation updates at 8am on our website You must SIGN UP HERE and follow the rules. Watch artists at work (masks and 6 feet distance please). Work till noon, then join us for lunch (each buys or brings a lunch) followed by positive critique, providing positive suggestions.


Bring oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, photography or digital painting equipment.  Carry in, carry out(even watercolor water). Leave the area pristine. Be friendly. Don't work on paths or in buildings.


Pay entrance fee if required ** or membership or join NARM and go everywhere we go plus 850+ other locations in North America all year for two named adults.  Open to artists of all levels! See resources  and videos on Plein air on the Members Area of our website

Use the live Instagram feed below to check Plein Air locations, times and weather around 8 am on the mornings of a session. Please refresh your browser to get the latest feed.


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