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










Michelle Torrez Oil / Pastel / Acrylic

Art In the Aspens Workshops

Michelle Torrez  2017

Express Yourself
Oil / Pastel / Watercolor
October 8-13  Arrrival Sunday-depart Friday AM


Rusted Poppy, Pueblo, CO  All inclusive


This is what we are calling a Premier workshop 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. The very small class 6-8 maximum ensures the very best personalized attention and instruction.


Lower cost option:  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 still included at the Inn. See costs at the bottom of the page. 

Rusted Poppy Inn, Pueblo, CO


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, and from photos taken of the model in the afternoon; longer poses, larger canvas.  We will do exercises on using color, composition and brushstrokes to add a dimension of expression to your work. This workshop will be basically taught in studio, however if everyone is interested we may paint a morning in the gardens at the Rusted Poppy Inn with the model in natural light. This is more of an intermediate class, you will need to have some drawing skills 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.

$2,295 This price does not include the model fee $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 in the evenings after class.

Lower cost option: $1475+50 model fee, you save about $600.

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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