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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












Mitch Baird Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor

Art In the Aspens Workshops

Mitch Baird  2020 


Learning to "See Is Key"

4 Day 5 night Plein Air Workshop

Oil / Acyrlic/Watercolor

August 26-31   Wednesday-Monday all-inclusive

Eden West Ranch, Cotopaxi, CO


Premium workshop: 8-10 student maximum with all the perks.


What does the act of ‘seeing’ mean for an artist?   Find the answer by joining Mitch Baird for a lively plein air painting experience capturing the beautiful Colorado landscape. This workshop will explore the specifics of learning to ‘see’ the subject and as an artist, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas.  We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space.  The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed as well as building a strong design from the elements of nature. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses.  Each day we will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above followed by a fun day of individual instruction for each student as they work in the afternoon. This workshop is for all skill levels and individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and a lot of enthusiasm!

All skill levels

Mediums: Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor. (Demo’s will be done in Oil)


$2495 This price includes:  All-inclusiveprivate room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. Chefs Michael and Steve from Rustingram Catering will be preparing all of our meals as well as appetizers at the close of class each day. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have.  Massage option in the evenings. Price does not include lodging tax and food tax. All private rooms but some do share a bath.


Art in the Aspens will help arrange connections with students wishing to share a rental car from Denver and Colorado Springs Airports. Or a shuttle can be arranged for $175 round trip from the Colorado Springs airport only. 


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