Dave Santillanes  May, Pueblo

George Strickland  June, Cotopaxi

Teresa Vito  July, Cordillera

Kim English   August, Cotopax

Randall Sexton August, Cotopaxi

Michelle Torrez, Cordillera


Kim English  June,  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  June, Cotopaxi

Don Demers, August, Cotopaxi

Lorenzo Chavez, September, Cotopaxi

Michael J Lynch, September, LaVeta




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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