Plein Air Guidelines

Inspired by the Annenbergs’ Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collection and bordered by the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the gardens bloom with texture, color, and life, making the landscape a perfect picture to paint, sketch, or photograph.

During regular opening hours, visitors are invited to create their own work of art inspired by the gardens from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Artists may paint, photograph, and sketch the beauty of the desert landscape and surrounding mountain range. Guests are to provide their own materials, situate themselves away from the Center, and not block pathways. Painters are to tarp their area before beginning. All artists are asked to please not dispose of waste, including paint water, in the gardens or restrooms.

Sunnylands allows Plein Air art during all open business hours without a reservation.

Please be aware that gathering for outdoor painting or group painting classes are not permitted due to Sunnylands and COVID-19 policies.

Permission to use Sunnylands Center & Gardens as a creative Plein Air venue indicates your agreement to the following guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in loss of access to the Center & Gardens for this purpose.