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.
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
Michael J Lynch 2017
Inspired and Intuitive Painting Plein Air
Oil / Open to other mediums
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. Massage option in the evenings.
Michael will be stressing the fundamentals of Plein Air Painting; color, good design, color temperature and values. These fundamentals are as valuable in the studio as they are on location. Over the years Michael had found that the plein air painting he has done has informed his studio work and painting in the studio has helped consolidate what he has learned on location. Painting on location is very valuable in becoming a skilled painter as you need to learn to paint quickly and accurately as the light changes very fast. We will be working on smaller canvases outside. Sizes like 6x8, 8x10 and 9x12 are generally best suited to getting an accurate statement of the subject in a reasonable amount of time outside, especially in a workshop situation. And working smaller allows the artist to be less invested in the finished product and more likely to experiment and discover new approaches to their work.
The goal is for students to come to the class open to trying new things. The objective of a workshop should not be to come home with ten “finished” paintings, or to continue to repeat familiar and habitual techniques in your painting. Be willing to try different things this week! Michael is not trying to insist on a formula for treating your subjects, but rather a perspective that allows for an individual, inspired and intuitive approach to creativity. He looks forward to working with each painter individually to help refine and inform your work.
We’re always making discoveries when we go out with a group of fellow painters. There is a cross-pollination of techniques and approaches that happens whenever artists gather. A workshop presents the opportunity to share with other painters on many practical, technical and philosophical levels, as well as enjoying the camaraderie that many of us miss while working in the solitude that painting so often requires. We know that you’re making sacrifices to be here and we’ll do our best to make this a fun as well as an informative and productive time for everyone.
June weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes in June there may be a brief afternoon shower.
$2395 This price includes: 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 each day. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Massage option in the evenings. Price does not include lodging tax and food tax.