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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  2015 Instructors

  Kim English  Oct 26-30


 2016 Instructors

Michael J Lynch  April 17-22

Joe Anna Arnett May 8-13

Kim English May 22-26

George Strickland June 12-17

Cheryl St John  August 15-18

Jeff Legg  August 28-September 2

Randall Sexton  September 18-23

Michelle Torrez (TBA)

Don Hamilton  October 17-20



Roger Dale Brown (TBA)




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 Plein Air And Studio Workshops 2015 and 2016

"It was an incredible 4 days.  Everyone is sick of hearing me rave about it. Thank our incredible chefs especially Michael for his kindness in helping me with road conditions. Thanks for putting together something so perfect!

"Thanks for all you did to make this artist workshop so special. The instruction was outstanding and your invisible hand tending to every detail was noticed and appreciated by everyone!" Marie

"Life is about moments: Don't wait for them create them!"

Don't settle for an average workshop experience.

We are always looking at ways to make your experience better. In 2015 we made the size of the classes in the all inclusive workshops even smaller 6-8 students.  The response was overwhelmingly positive. So..you will see more all inclusive workshops on the roster in 2016. The intimacy of the small groups coupled with great food and accomodations provides an atmosphere for developing lasting connections and a higher quality learning experience for everyone.

You will gain a wealth of information and enjoy an unforgettably rich experience for your money well spent!

Premier Workshops; 6-8 student maximum. These painting workshops are all-inclusive, and every detail is handled for an extraordinary learning experience. More personal attention from the instructor,  paired with fresh delicious meals and after class libations, in an intimate, comfortable venue, allowing more quality time to emerse in your art process and relax in the evenings with other artists and the instructor.  

The most rewarding workshop is when you are able to make a real art connection with the instructor and the other artists, and go home with new knowledge and new friends.



Painters at the Deanne Ranch, Carbondale 


Davidson demo Roaring Fork River

Davidson demo Roaring Fork River

 Our workshops provide a comfortable creative atmosphere for learning. Our instructors are engaging and knowledgeable, and will work hard to ensure that every student receives the attention and instruction they desire when attending a workshop. 

 We have listened to our students over the years and have been fine-tuning all of the details to help make your art workshop experience a memorable, hassle free environment conducive to taking your painting skills to the next level.

Painting at Snowmass Cottages


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