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22 MARINE ST., ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 | (904) 824-2310

St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out

Artists are invited to participate in the annual Plein Air Paint Out in historic St. Augustine, Florida!

Be inspired by the Spanish architecture, coastal environment, small-town streets, and Old World charm of the nation’s oldest city.

Artists and art lovers! You are invited to the 8th Annual St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out in the nation’s oldest city. This event, a nod to St. Augustine’s art history, celebrates the town’s architectural and coastal beauty through the time-honored tradition of painting en plein air (outdoors).

Artists will be painting in and around St. Augustine at notable locations. In addition to watching the artists paint on location, observers can visit the St. Augustine Art Association’s gallery to see (or buy) works-in-progress and finished paintings.

2024 Plein Air Dates

Continue checking this page as additional events and details are added.

APRIL 24 – 28

Annual St. Augustine
Plein Air Paint Out

APRIL 26

Sketch Crawl
with the
Jacksonville Urban Sketchers

APRIL 26

Paint & Picnic
in the Radzinski Family Garden

APRIL 28

Pop-Up Exhibit
at the St. Augustine Yacht Club

About Plein Air Painting

Painting en plein air is nothing new. Commonly originated by Great Britain’s John Constable, outdoor painting became fundamental to French Impressionism around the year 1860. The birth of the French term en plein air–literally translated as outdoors­–is a more elegant phrase than outdoor painting. Henry Flagler initialized the plein air movement in St. Augustine, bringing in artists from around the country to paint the historic town, and the Art Association harnessed the method in a marketing campaign–Like Painting in Europe! – which helped the organization survive during the Great Depression.

As the sun rises in the east and moves towards the west, shadows and colors transform. The plein air artist paints what they see in front of them at a particular moment in time, capturing these changing illuminations. Claude Monet is perhaps one of the most notable plein air painters and a forerunner of French Impressionism. He was notorious for painting the same scene over and over, but at different times of the day or year, to capture intricate differences in lighting and colors.

The St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out has become a favorite event among the artists and community. Artists are once again out in the streets capturing and adding to the charm of St. Augustine. Let us know where you find the artists by using the hashtag #staaacreative during the event!

2024 Plein Air Paint Out Locations

Thanks to our partners, artists will have the opportunity to paint in the following locations during this event. Check this page regularly as locations continue to be added. 

Plein Air Wet Room

During the Plein Air Paint Out, works-in-progress and finished paintings can be viewed & purchased – both online and in-gallery – from the “Wet Room.”

Open in the gallery from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily during the Plein Air Paint Out.

Plein Air Exhibit & Awards

Artists may exhibit ONE work completed during the Paint Out in the Plein Air Pop-Up exhibit on April 28, 2024, at the St. Augustine Yacht Club (442 Ocean Vista Ave).

The exhibit will be judged in-person for awards: 

The St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out is partially funded by:

The St. Augustine Art Association is partially funded by grants from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, the St. Johns Cultural Council, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida‘s Crisp-Ellert Fund, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Benjamin & Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.

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