Upcoming Plein Air Events

Join the Portsmouth Arts Guild Plein Air artists as we paint in various locations around Aquidneck Island and beyond. Bring an easel to create a masterpiece or simply a chair and sketchbook to enjoy a sketch.  We paint for two hours then meet up for a friendly, optional sharing of work.  There is no critique. All abilities are welcome as we are a supportive and encouraging group and these drop-in sessions are free and open to all.  Please email if you have any questions or would like to be added to my email distribution – artistswelcome@portsmoutharts.org.

Rain will automatically cancel the event.

April Sunday Plein Air, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Plein Air Group enjoying adult beverages as they share their artwork at Ragged Island Brewing Company.

 Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, May 28

5:00 – 7:30pm

Bristol Ferry Town Common, 789 Bristol Ferry Rd, Portsmouth at the junction of Bristol Ferry Rd and Bayview Ave, Portsmouth, RI. This quiet, historic common is currently maintained as a public park, with great views of the coastline, the Mount Hope Bridge, and Mount Hope Bay.



Note Day Change this week only

Sat, June 8

10am -12:30 pm

We will be special guests of the Urban Sketchers of RI as we explore the Japanese Garden of Dawn Brooks-Rapp, Little Compton, RI.  Address sent to our email distribution.


Tues, June 11

5:00 – 7:30pm

Portsmouth Arts Guild Grounds, 2679 E. Main Rd.  Enjoy the bucolic grounds and serene cemetery or paint a shadowy street scene.

Tue, June 18

5:00 – 7:30pm

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. This natural gem includes 40 acres of salt marsh lands and an ocean-side rocky perimeter. Birdwatchers delight in the occasional snowy white owl sightings and visits from the harlequin ducks.  Set up by the Visitor’s Center and parking lot and capture the views of Second Beach, or venture out onto the 3 miles of trails.


Tue, June 25

5:00 – 7:30pm

Tiverton Four Corners, intersection of routes 77 and 179, Tiverton.  Pick up a tasty cone at Gray’s Ice Cream then stroll the area to find that perfect spot for painting plein air. From the historical grounds of the Chase Cory House to the Sculpture Park behind the Four Corner Art Center, there are so many delightful views to paint.  Plan to come a bit early to pick your perfect spot.

With thanks to our generous sponsors