Dave Santillanes  May, Pueblo

George Strickland  June, Cotopaxi

Teresa Vito  July, Cordillera

Kim English   August, Cotopax

Randall Sexton August, Cotopaxi

Michelle Torrez, Cordillera


Kim English  June,  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  June, Cotopaxi

Don Demers, August, Cotopaxi

Lorenzo Chavez, September, Cotopaxi

Michael J Lynch, September, LaVeta




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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.


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












Michelle Torrez Oil/Pastel/Acrylic

Art In the Aspens Workshops

Michelle Torrez  2018

Express Yourself
Oil / Pastel / Watercolor

September 17-20  A four day workshop Monday-Thursday

Cordillera, CO


 Students are responisble for their own lodging and meals.

This workshop includes a wine and appetizer meet and greet on Sunday the day prior to the beginning of the workshop with a small exhibit of Michelle's work.  Students have this opportunity to meet each other as well as the instructor. It will be held at the lovely home of Ted and Mary Grace Eubank in Cordillera. A map will be sent to you upon registration. This is optional.



 Intermediate to advanced


Michelle believes that the most important part of a painting is what the artist has to say. This workshop will focus on the intuitive side of the painting process; students will be encouraged to paint very quickly from a live model in the morning, so students begin to see the model as shapes and not as a person. Afternoons will be a long pose on a larger canvas. Enlarged photos of previous models from former classes will also be available to choose from if you wish to work from a photo.   We will do exercises on using color, composition and brushstrokes to add a dimension of expression to your work. This workshop will be taught in studio, however if everyone is interested we may paint a morning outdoors on the patio with the model in natural light. This is a strong beginner to intermediate course, you will need to have painted previously and be somewhat familiar with your medium. All mediums are welcome, however, Michelle will be instructing in oil. Bring your paint and lots of enthusiasm.

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

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

$705+55 model fee.  Lodging and meals not included

Snacks, soda and bottled water included at the studio (lunch provided optional $10)

Lodging options in Cordillera: River Walk Suites, for more options in the area (see the locations tab below)


 A shuttle is available from the Eagle/Vail airport  to the River Walk Suites and to the studio for an additional fee.  Ask Marty: 719 545-2795






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