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

Michelle Torrez  October 8-13











Kim English Oil / Pastel /Acrylic

Art In the Aspens Workshops

Kim English  2017  


Figure & Landscape  

Oil / Watercolor / Acrylic
May 7-12 2017 Arrive Sunday, 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 painting experience.


This workshop will focus on the ability to paint quickly and accurately. This is a skill that can be useful in many situations, especially working on location. Techniques for achieving a spontaneous yet controlled approach will be practiced. Students will work with models in natural light on the grounds in the wonderful gardens. Artists will paint quick poses, working into longer poses as the class progresses. 

One to two days will be devoted to landscape painting on location outdoors.  Kim is known for his great approach to light and shadow. He will demonstrate and work individually with all students.

Kim will paint a brief demo each morning to help students "see" the value of massing in big shapes, and the importance of an organized palette, keeping it simple. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies.  As the week progresses you may find you do have a few "keepers!"

$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 Participants 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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