Plein Air Painting Group

Plein Air Painting Group – The Barnstable Plein Air Painters

Cape Cod Art Center has organized a Plein Air painting group, The Barnstable Plein Air Painters! There is no instructor and no fee, just artists painting together. You’ll learn many tricks to add to your arsenal! The Barnstable Plein Air Painters will be visiting sites all over Cape Cod from May through October. Most of the sites are open to the public others will be private property and are only available to the group for that particular day.

The Barnstable Plein Air Painters meets every Monday (no meeting Memorial Day, May 28th) from 8:30am to about 11:15am. If you care to stay later, there will be a critique at 11:30am.

Upcoming Plein Air Session:

May 21st, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill St., Barnstable, 508-362-7475

There are so many beautiful places to paint from.  The first parking lot has fields/stone walls and goats.  If you continue down the road, the second parking lot is on the left.  You get fantastic views of the bay and the view of Sandy Neck Village and the lighthouse is the closest you’ll get this side.  Flip side – there will be a school bus of kids coming to do “Flat Mania”.  But they will be down on the flats by the water. There is a $4 charge if you are not a Mass Audubon member.  But honestly, it is worth it.  (See pictures)  High tide is 4:42 am / Low tide 11:26 am.  Bathrooms available.


May 28th, Memorial – Cancelled (Here are sites you can go on your own)

However, if you still want to paint, check out Keveney Lane (Barnstable) or Water Street (Yarmouth Port).  You should check out these spots several times a year in different lighting.  They are my favorites.

Keveney Lane is just east of CCAC on the left side off of Route 6A.  It is stunning.  There are several spots to park down the road.  The bridge is small though – only one car at a time.  If you’ve come here – you might as well take in Water Street.  Driving away from the bridge – take the first left onto Water Street and then the first left onto Water Street. It comes up quick.

Water Street – If just coming to see Water Street – take Mill Lane off of Route 6A.  It is close to the Barnstable/Yarmouth town line. Take Mill Lane all the way down – turn right onto Water Street and then a quick left onto Water Street.  The first part of the road is paved, but it quickly turns to sand.


June Schedule – more information will be sent.

June 4th, Waquoit Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, Falmouth

June 11th, “The Knob”, Falmouth

June 18th, Thacher’s rock and fern garden (private property)

June 25th, Gray’s Beach, Yarmouth Port

We will be using sites that are in “Plein Air Painting Cape Cod,” a book Cape Cod Art Center published in 2011. We sold out of the hardcopies, but we are able to sell it as an eBook download for $10. This eBook is great for artists, photographers, hikers, and nature lovers. Click here to purchase the Plein Air eBook

If you are interested in joining The Barnstable Plein Air Painters, please email or call us at 508-362-2909.


Pictures from our first meeting: St. Mary’s in Barnstable