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 materials list


Materials List


French Easel or pochade box 

 Canvas: 15-20 small to medium size panels or canvas 8”x10” to 16”x20”

 Odorless mineral spirits

 Rags preferred over paper towels (an old towel works well)

 Brushes – an assortment of flats and filberts

 Palette Knife

 Paints (my colors are):

Cadmium  Red Light

Permanent Rose

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Thalo Green

Cadmium Green Pale

Cerulian Blue Hue

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

White (Titanium and Zinc Mix) Grumbacher


Students are free to use any colors they wish

Please keep in mind that we will be painting outdoors and dress accordingly.  Wear neutral colors, light colored clothing will reflect on your canvas.  No red.

A hat is a good idea, good walking shoes, supplies in an easy to carry pack.

Bug Spray, and sunscreen.