A special thanks to all of the extraordinary artists that I have had the good fortune to meet in the workshops over the years. It is a fantastic journey and I am grateful! - Marty Brens

Since 1990, we've been offering fine art instruction through plein air and studio workshops in a variety of locations. Artists may choose an all-inclusive package in a Premium workshop retreat; or a workshop in which the participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals.

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2017 Instructors 

Teresa Vito  January 28-29

Kim Mackey  March 11-12

Gregg Kreutz   April 23-28

Kim English  May 7-12

George Strickland  May 28-June 2

Michael Lynch  June 18-23

Howard Friedland  August 13-18

Dave Santillanes September


Kim English

more to come plus on-line instruction










George Strickland Oil

Art In the Aspens Workshops

George Strickland  2017  

How to Paint an Idea Plein Air
May 28-June 2  Sunday arrival - Friday departure after breakfast

Eden Ranch, Cotopaxi, CO  All inclusive


All Levels but must have outdoor painting experience

Premium workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. Chefs Michael and Steve from Rustingram Catering will be preparing all of our meals as well as appetizers at the close of class. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have.


Painters will learn to start a painting with the idea of what attracted you to the subject you are painting. George will focus on the approach of not painting specific things, but rather shapes, patterns and ideas, directly from life.

George believes that the best paintings are not so much about the subject you choose but about the visual qualities in the subject matter. Each day will be a stepping- stone to the next day.

Personal attention will be devoted to each painter’s level along with critiques to help students move up a notch. Demos and discussions on these basic principles will be included.

If you have taken one of George’s workshops previously and wish to attend again, he will work with you at your own level and provide you with new and more advanced information.


$2395  This price includes: private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner.  


 Mineral spirits are available for $10 for the duration of the class

http://www.p-a-p-a.com/ to view George Strickland's website, under Signature Members.




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