Dave Santillanes  May, Pueblo

George Strickland  June, Cotopaxi

Teresa Vito  July, Cordillera

Kim English   August, Cotopax

Randall Sexton August, Cotopaxi

Michelle Torrez,  Cordillera


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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












Randall Sexton materials list


Materials List



 Basic Plein Air Set-up:

 Compact as possible-

 French easel…or comparable.

 Solvent container

 Solvent  Gamsol…..(or Turpenoid)

 Palette Knife

 Rags or Paper towels

 Medium: Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium

 Umbrella -optional



 I’ve listed the colors below that I use on my palette, however

 It’s not mandatory that you use these. (feel free to use what is familiar).

 Ultramarine Blue

 Viridian Hue  (Holbein)

 Transparent Red Oxide. (Rembrandt)…or Burnt Sienna)

 Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson

 Permanent Red Light (Rembrandt.. or  Cad Red Light (or Cadmium Scarlet)

 Gold Ochre or yellow ochre pale

 Cadmium Yellow Light  (or Cadmium Lemon)

 Titanium White

 Ivory Black

 Chinese Orange (Sennelier)


( A well maintained assortment that contains some of the following:),

 HOG BRISTLE:: Filberts, Flats, and Rounds- #4,#6,#8…..with one larger flat

 SOFT SYNTHETIC OR NATURAL HAIR Brights, 1/8”, 1/4”,  Flat; #1

 Panels or Canvas:

I currently use oil primed linen panels with a medium tooth – (New Traditions Art Panels, C-15 or C-12- portrait linens mounted on board)…For the purpose of the workshop feel free to use cheaper panels. (I will discuss panels and supplies during the workshop).

You will be painting 1 - 3 paintings/day ….whatever your comfort zone for sizes. If you choose to use the cheap canvas boards….try adding a layer or two of gesso to them to build up (and vary) the surface…