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










Kim Mackey materials list

Kim Mackey Materials List


Portable easel (suitable for location work)

  1. Paint rags and paper towels
  2. Odorless thinner
  3. Selection of canvas or primed boards (various sizes) (enough for 4 days)
  4. Sizes should not exceed 14” X 18”
  5. Selection of bristle brushes for oil painting – sizes small through large
  6. Palette for mixing oil paint
  7. Painting knives
  8. Small container for thinner
  9. Selection of oil paint (enough for 4 days) should include:

Needed:                                                            Optional:

Titanium White                                                  Cadmium Red

Ivory Black                                                        Quinacridone Red

Ultramarine Blue                                                Alizarin Crimson

Yellow Ochre                                                     Cadmium Yellow Light

Venetian Red                                                     Viridian

Cadmium Yellow                                                Thalo Blue

                                                                        Cerulean Blue


  1.  Something to carry all of your equipment
  2.  Reference Material / Photos of animals or horses (student’s discretion)