Est. 1986 ~ The Original Society of Outdoor Painters
To promote the tradition of painting the landscape directly from life, while providing members and others the opportunities to expand their knowledge through shared experience, extraordinary workshops, and public exhibitions.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Members of PAPA believe that ‘plein air’ is nothing more than painting from life, utilizing direct observation to gather information, along with responding visually and emotionally to the subject at hand. For us, the final measure of a good painting is not whether it was executed entirely outdoors but whether it reflects the artist and withstands the test of time. –John Budicin, PAPA president, 2005-07
Founded in 1986 by artist Denise Burns, on Catalina Island, California the Plein-Air Painters of America began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting from life. For the first two decades, PAPA held annual paint-outs followed by an exhibition, in Avalon on Catalina. This format, unique at the time, has given birth to countless similar groups and events across the country.
In 2007, PAPA expanded its format to include exhibitions in museums and art centers to emphasize the importance of field studies in the process of making studio paintings. Most of PAPA exhibitions are documented in catalogs.
PAPA members are seasoned outdoor painters and consider some of the best teachers of the genre today, conducting workshops throughout the country and internationally. PAPA also collaborates with Streamline Premium Art Videos to produce instructional videos that are indispensable learning tools.
Here is a list of upcoming workshops. Go to https://www.p-a-p-a.com/ for more info about events and workshops.
Here are the upcoming PAPA workshops:
Scottsdale Artist School PAPA Workshop - Sun., Feb.13 '22 through Thu., Feb.17 '22
Mitch Baird & Eric Jacobsen - Aimee Erickson & Dave Santillanes (Two teams of two)
Sun. - Lecture by Instructors
Mon. & Tue. - Group 1 students will paint outdoors with Mitch & Eric - Group 2 with Aimee & Dave
Wed. & Thu. - Group 2 students will paint outdoors with Mitch & Eric - Group 1 with Aimee & Dave
One evening there will be a banquet (an optional, additional fee to attend)
Following the workshop, the instructors invite the students to join them for 3 days (Fri.-Sun.) of painting (uninstructed) at Vermillion Cliffs. (Separate from the workshop, no fee).
Students can register through SAS.
PAPA WORKSHOP - The Booth Western Art Museum - Oct. 24-28, 2022
Day 1 - lecture by all instructors (TBD), possibly a panel discussion with Booth Moderator in the evening. Open to students and patrons of the Museum. Patrons will pay a fee. Days 2 & 3 - 1/2 of the students will paint in the field with one team of instructors or the other. Days 4 & 5 - students will switch instructor teams. Students will experience instruction from all four instructors. The PAPA Show will have a soft opening on Oct.27, 2022 and a Gallery Walk and Reception on Oct.28.
PAPA SHOW - The Booth Western Art Museum - Oct. 27, 2022 - Feb. 26, 2023
This show will require all submitted works (PAPA Members only) to be judged for inclusion in the show at the request of the Booth Executive Director.
Members will be allowed one painting (I need to confirm size limitation) preferrably from the 2021 PAPA paint outs. This will allow consistency in the show theme and paintings of the 5 paint out locations. Either a plein air piece or studio version of the plein air work will be acceptable.
Details are still be ironed out, more to come.
PAPA WORKSHOP - The Booth Western Art Museum - Feb. 20-24, 2023 Day 1 - lecture by all instructors (TBD), possibly a panel discussion with Booth Moderator in the evening. Open to students and patrons of the Museum. Patrons will pay a fee. Days 2 & 3 - 1/2 of the students will paint in the field with one team of instructors or the other. Days 4 & 5 - students will switch instructor teams. Students will experience instruction from all four instructors. The PAPA Show will close on Feb. 26, 2023 and a Gallery Walk and Reception on Feb.24.