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












Lorenzo Chavez materials list pastels


Materials List  Pastels


Pastels – largest assortment of colors possible.  Rembrandt pastels are a fine pastel to begin with;  conte crayons, earth tones

 Paper – Canson, gray tones (cut into approximately 12x16, 11x14, 9x12, to fit drawing board.

 Drawing board – approximately 12x16, 11x14, 9x12, light in weight, such as masonite or birchwood

 French easel  (Julian) – half box

 Small sketchbood – 5x7

 Masking tape – 1”

 Kneaded eraser

 Paper towels



 Wide brim hat – for shade and to reduce glare from direct sunlight.   It is helpful if the inside of the hat is a dark material – this reduces the glare from reflected light.

 Sun block / insect repellent

 Drinking water