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










Michelle Torrez materials list



My palette is optional; students may work with their own palette choice.

French easel or pochade box

Optional palette:

Titanium White

Cadmium Yellow medium

Cadmium Red Light

Alizarin Crimson

Sap Green

Phthalo Green

French Ultramarine Blue

Optional Canvas sizes:

 6x8, 8x10, 6x12, 9x12, 11x14, 16x20  

Students will be painting quick poses, so be sure you bring enough panels or canvas for the duration of the class.  In the am we will be working with smaller panels painting quick poses bring a lot of these.

In the afternoon we will work in a larger format from photos taken of the models.  Bring the larger sizes you like about (6-8) not larger than 16x20 however.


A good variety of sizes, whatever you prefer

I use Liquin as a medium, and of course odorless Mineral Spirits.

Odorless Mineral Spirits will be available at the class for $10 for the 4 days

If you will be needing Liquin please let us know and we will purchase for you.