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










Gregg Kreutz

Art In the Aspens Workshops

Gregg Kreutz  2017  


Figure, Stillife  & Landscape  

April  23-28 2017 Arrive Sunday, depart Friday AM  
Rusted Poppy, Pueblo, CO  All inclusive

Premium workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. 

All levels but must have some outdoor and studio painting experience.


Applying the Essentials of Oil Painting


This is a workshop for painters at all levels in which we'll explore the interrelation of all subject matter; how painting truths relate to still life, figure, and landscape. We'll be doing interior scenes, models, and (weather permitting) landscapes with a focus on picture construction and paint handling. Generally, we'll be following the principles laid out in Kreutz's new book; Oil Painting Essentials.


$2,295 This price includes not include the model fee of $50.  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. Massage also available after class.

Lower cost option: $1475 + 50 model fee. One Participant may choose the option of staying in our lovely Casita one block from the Inn, (walking distance) or at the Springhill Suites (one mile away.) All meals and after class appetizers and cocktails are still included at the Inn. 

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


Shuttle service available from the Colorado Springs Airport for a small additional fee.







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