Kim English  June,  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  June, Cotopaxi

Don Demers, August, Cotopaxi

Lorenzo Chavez, September, Cotopaxi

Michael J Lynch, September, LaVeta

Teresa Vito, October, Pueblo




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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












Cordillera CO

Cordillera, CO


Cordillera is nestled in the Vail Valley just west of the famous ski resort towns of Vail, Avon and Beaver Creek.  Cordillera is the summit commmunity above the town of Edwards, and is famous for its four extrodinary golf courses It is a friendly community on the west side of Vail. Because it sits at the summit the majestic and  enchanting vistas certainly are inspiring to all art lovers, artists, and visitors. Cordillera offers many adventures, fishing, rafting,horseback riding and great hiking on serene wilderness trails.  It seems there is always some wonderful event going on! 

There are also plenty of art galleries and specialty shops right next door in the pedestrian-friendly Vail and Lionshead villages. 

Our classes will be held in studio in a former cafe in the Post Office building. It offers plenty of space to create, with an outdoor patio for our lunches and breaks during the workshop.  Directions will be sent to you upon registration.

Accommodations: The newly renovated Riverwalk Inn and Suites is the only lodging available in Edwards.  Students will receive the corporate discount price by mentioning Art in the Aspens. Rooms are not inexpensive but very well appointed and close to the studio. 

27 Main St, Edwards, CO 81632  Reservations: 970 926-0606

Other lodging options: The Comfort Inn located in Beaver Creek, approximately 3.7 miles from Edwards. If you are not opposed to a small drive the pricing is much better here.  Some rooms start at $99.00 a night.

0161 W Beaver Creek Rd   Reservations: 855 239-9246

If you are willing to drive 6 miles to Edwards Avon is a great place to stay. A little more driving but lodging works with a more limited budget. The Christie Lodge, 47 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon  Reservations: 844 321-9584.  Or the Westin Riverfront, 126 Beaver Creek Ln, Avon  Reservations: 970 790-6000

Travel Options:  The drive from Denver takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours on I-70 and interstate highway.  The drive is lovely and scenic.  There is a shuttle from the Denver Airport, Mountain Express, it is $85.00 each way and takes quite a awhile to get to your destination as they stop for other passengers along the way. They also have luggage restrictions.  It is easiest if you can fly directly into Eagle/Vail airport and we can arrange a pick up for you. American and United have daily flights to Eagle. 

Please don't hesitate to call if you need advise on any of the above options.  719 545-2795