Plein Air in the Berkshires

​Weather permitting, starting Spring 2021

Daily, 9:30 am-1 pm

Subject to weather and restrictions.

Please RSVP through the contact form

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 $15 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 800+ more. Pick your favorite place to support at the NARM membership level. Membership cards are required. 

Please rsvp through the contact form on this website.


Monday: Pittsfield, Hancock Shaker Village. Meet at 9:30 at picnic tables.

Tuesday: Great Barrington, often at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road. Park in Lecture Hall parking lot next to pond, waterfall, stream. 

Wednesday: Stockbridge, at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Thursday: Lenox, The Mount. Tell them you are here for Plein Air painting so you can park in the lower parking area. Please arrive before 9:45.

Friday: Lenox, near Lenox Library, Lilac Park or other locations.

Saturday: West Stockbridge, meet across from No. Six Depot and post office. 

Sunday: Stockbridge, Norman Rockwell Museum grounds.

Can’t wait for summer and doing art Plein Air
in the beautiful Berkshires?

Get ready with Plein Air Live.

Click here to sign up for Plein Air Live to learn from experts online! 

  • If you sign up early the price is reduced, prices go up after  April 11, .

  • There is a one day program for beginners on April 14 for $297.

  • A three day program of 40 hours of training which you can access for 7 more days for $647.

  • Access for 60 days for $797 which will bring you to prime Plein Air time.

  • A whole year's worth of access for $1397 but the price goes up after April 11.

  • Several of our members have attended in the past and gotten a lot out of it.

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.