CPAPS Paint Outs

Paintouts are opportunities for plein air painters to gather at various scenic locations throughout Connecticut. Working together provides an opportunity to make connections with other painters and learn from each other.

Here you will find information about our paintout schedule and view images from past paintouts.


Sun, June 2, 2019 – Auer Farm, Bloomfield, CT

158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002

June 2, 2019, beginning at 8:30 AM

A varied farm location, Auerfarm will delight any painter with exciting subject matter. Fields, fences, flowers, silos and animals provide interest and much color.
Note: The farm has an event in the pavilion so we are requested to avoid that area.

History: Today’s 120-acre 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, was deeded to the non-profit Connecticut 4-H Development Fund, Inc. in 1976. The farm is committed to growing its successful educational programs and community outreach efforts on this historic community resource.
Founded in the early years of the 20th century, Auerfarm was honored as a model farm in 1950 and was the site for the annual Connecticut Farm Conference in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. The driving force for the long-term success of the farm was Beatrice Fox Auerbach. Mrs. Auerbach achieved national prominence in the 1930’s as the first female president of a leading department store, G. Fox & Co. Her good business sense, humanitarian work practices and philanthropic ventures left a legacy from which people benefit today.

Between the many, varying farm animals, the excited children and beautiful scenery, Auerfarm is an amazing community resource. We hope you will find yourself here, enjoying the simple pleasures of the farm atmosphere.

158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002


Sun, May 5, 2019 – Weir Farm, Wilton, CT

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

May 5, 2019, beginning at 9:00 AM

Once again we will visit Weir Farm, a property that was conceived and developed with the artist in mind.

Please note that there is limited parking and carpooling is encouraged and appreciated. There will be parking information for CPAPS members at the sign in table.

  • Stop in the visitor center and museum store, 10am to 4pm
  • Enjoy free guided tours of the Weir House at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; Weir and Young Studios open 10am to 4pm
  • Plein air painters are always welcome.

This is a beautiful location and worth the drive. I hope to see you there!

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

Sun, Apr. 14, 2019 – 8:30am – Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

35 Mountain Road – Farmington, CT 06032

When Jane Zisk founded CT Plein Air Painters, her first plein air paint out location was Hill-stead museum. Now we will return to this lovely property in Farmington that offers a variety of painting possibilities, and welcomes artists painting around their grounds and gardens. Explore woodland trails throughout the scenic 152-acre estate or simply find a garden scene in the beautiful Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden.

Guidelines request that artists restrict their use of permanent materials such as acrylic and oil paints, to grassy surfaces staying away from all stone walls, bluestone paths, porches, and walkways.

Hill-Stead welcomes pets of all kinds on the property, as long as they are accompanied by owners at all times and properly leashed or restrained.

Access to the property is free; however, tours of the house with it’s amazing collection of paintings is $16.00. $14.00 for seniors. Hill-Stead Museum, the 1901 Colonial Revival-style house designed by pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle, is well known for its collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler and Cassat.

35 Mountain Road Farmington, CT 06032

Sun, Oct. 7, 2018 – 2:00pm – 6:00pm – Hammonasset Beach Park, Madison

1288 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443

We painted at Meig’s Point in Hammonasset Beach Park last October and it was simply fabulous! This location offers rocky shorelines, marsh meadows beginning to change color, large rocks with waves lapping onto a long curved sandy beach, all wrapped in a beautiful autumn day, (at least that’s what the weather says today).

A new time: Let’s try something new! It has been proposed that we try an afternoon paint, and this location lends itself to excellent afternoon light. We’ll meet and sign in at the parking lot by the Meigs Point Nature Center, (see below directions), any time after 1:30 PM. Hammonasset Beach State Park closes at sunset, which is around 6:20 PM, so we can stay until 6:00 PM. We have only one more scheduled paint out, so I hope to see you there!

Meigs Point Nature Center

The Meigs Point Nature Center offers programs and activities for park visitors on a year round basis. The Center hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday, from March through October, and 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Saturday, from November through February. For information on programs, please contact Nature Center staff at (203) 245-8743. To visit the Nature Center, bear to the left at the access road rotary, go halfway around the rotary and follow the signs toward Meigs Point. The Center is on the left across from the Meigs Point bathhouse. Parking is available near the building.

Hammonasset Beach Park, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Sun, Sep. 23, 2018 – 9:00am – Comstock Ferre, Wethersfield

Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield CT

Our next paint out will be at the Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield beginning at 9:00 AM. It is located in the old, picturesque part of Wethersfield, and there is much to see in the neighborhood as well as around the Heirloom Market. They are familiar with painters coming to paint their location, and said their restrooms would be available to us. They sell flowers, and heirloom seeds and serve food as well. The unique building and grounds should make a good painting subject in any light condition. Hope to see you there…

Comstock Ferre, 253 Main Street, Wethersfield CT