Join Paint Annapolis 2021 as a Student Artist

We’re welcoming high-school-age artists to paint alongside the Plein Air pros for Paint Annapolis 2021. Come learn a little about the art world by taking a morning class with Joanna Bigelow, Plein Air artist and teacher, or head off on your own for the day to paint within the boundaries and still be eligible for the Paint Annapolis exhibition. This is a free event open to young artists grades 9 through 12.


  • May 12 Sign up open for student artists.
  • Jun. 4 Deadline to sign up to paint.
  • Jun. 6 @ 8 AM Student artists participating in the Plein Air class check-in at the Duck Park (14 South St, Annapolis, MD 21401). The class starts at 8:30 AM.
  • Jun. 6 starting @ 9 AM Student artists who did not participate in the class can check-in at the Paint Annapolis Pop Up Gallery (4 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401) to have canvases, paper, and boards stamped.
  • Jun. 6 by 4 PM All student painters drop off work at the Paint Annapolis Pop Up Gallery.
  • Jun. 11 @ 7 PM Digital award ceremony over Zoom. Visit for the link to join.
  • Jun. 12 Paint Annapolis 2021 exhibition begins at the Pop Up Gallery and Circle Gallery (18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401).
  • Jun. 26 Last day of the exhibition.
  • Jun. 27-30 Pick up unsold art at the Paint Annapolis Pop Up Gallery.

Recommended Supplies for Plein Air Painting

  • Medium of choice as well as a canvas, panel, or paper to work on, preferably in standard sizes. Joanna suggests bringing several of each or paper to practice on just in case.
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated and for water to wet brushes.
  • Paint pallet (for acrylic, you can use a paper or plastic plate. For oil, use a plastic or wooden palette. Palette paper is fine for either medium. Strongly recommend a grey or neutral-colored surface. White surfaces in the sun can make it hard to mix the correct value).
  • Gamsol or odorless Terpenoid for oil paints.
  • A trash bag, paper towels or rags, and a water cup for your brushes.
  • Some kind of head covering, sunscreen, and clothes you don’t mind getting paint on or a smock shirt.
  • If you have access to one, bring an easel.

Where to Get Painting Supplies and Frames

Stressing about what kinds of oil paints to get? Don’t know where to get stretched canvases? We recommend shopping at small and local businesses, so check out Art Things at Maryland Hall. They have an incredible selection of everything an artist might need and some lovely staff to help make decisions. For professional framing like the pros, head to West Annapolis Artworks & Fine Framing. If you’re looking for a frame on the fly, Michaels is a great last-minute choice with standard sizes for frames and mats.

Rules for Artwork

  1. It is required that all artwork have a Paint Annapolis 2021 registration stamp visible and accessible to be exhibited. Stamping will occur at the Duck Park for those attending the class or at the Paint Annapolis Pop Up Gallery (4 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401). Panels, paper, and canvases should be blank before being stamped.
  2. Acceptable mediums are pastel, watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint. Artists will need to supply their own painting supplies.
  3. All artwork must be painted en Plein Air, or outside, without the use of photographs.
  4. All artwork submitted for exhibition, awards, and/or sales must be framed, wired, and ready to hang.
  5. Students may paint as many pieces as they want but only one (1) will hang for jurying in MFA’s Pop Up gallery.
  6. Artwork may not exceed 32 inches in any direction. Mat and frame are included in the size measurement.

Artists’ Sales

  1. Paintings submitted for exhibition must be available for sale.
  2. Artists receive 60% of the purchase price for any work sold throughout Paint Annapolis.
  3. Only MFA personnel may complete a sale.
  4. By participating in Paint Annapolis, artists agree not to conduct sales or presales of their paintings outside the commission structure. Commission proceeds for all sales support current and future Paint Annapolis events and help MFA achieve our mission of supporting artists at all points of their careers through exhibition and professional development opportunities.
  5. MFA will keep artists updated on whether their piece sells during the exhibition.