Kim English

"Learning to Capture Light" Figure & Landscape

October 11-14 2021
8-12 Students
Pueblo, CO
Beginner to Advanced with some outdoor painting experience

Workshop Overview

Oil / Watercolor / Acrylic
Monday- Thursday  

This workshop will focus on the ability to paint quickly and accurately. This is a skill that can be useful in many situations, especially working on location. Techniques for achieving a spontaneous yet controlled approach will be practiced. Students will work with models in  settings in natural light in urban settings in the historic district of Pueblo.  Artists will paint quick poses, working into longer poses as the class progresses. Two days with model and two days of landscape painting using the same approach of seeing the big shapes quickly.

One to two days will be devoted to landscape painting on location outdoors. Arroyos, farms, and the Arkansas river provide interesting Plein Air painting locations within a few minutes from town.  Kim is known for his great approach to light and shadow. He will demonstrate and work individually with all students each day.

Kim will paint a brief demo each morning to help students "see" the value of massing in big shapes, and the importance of an organized palette, keeping it simple. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies.  As the week progresses you may find you do have a few "keepers!"

Note: Kim has been teaching for Art in the Aspens for 30 odd years and still I never tire of of watching and learning from his approach to painting.  Marty Brens

"I'm always looking for an image that tells a story.  They are all around us.  They are the stories of everyday life. Being at the same time familiar and unique, they inspire me to find meaning in the experiences we all share." Kim English

Meet your instructor

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Kim is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and teaches workshops nationally and internationally. He is an accomplished artist of light and shadows, masterfully capturing the beauty of human form and the distinctive environments in which he finds himself. Whether painting the people of pastoral settings or urban locales, Kim creates an intimacy of colors, framing each scene with dimension and physicality.

Kim's work has been featured in Figure Drawing Workshop by Carole Katchen, as well as in such magazines as PLEIN AIR, SOUTHWEST ART, AMERICAN ARTIST, and THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Allied Artists of America’s Gold Medal of Honor, the William Meyerowitz Memorial Award for an American Scene, and both the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award at Salmagundi Club exhibitions.

His work has been exhibited throughout the country, in private and public collections.

  • AIS Master Award of Excellence - American Impressionist Society
  • Gold Medal of Honor, Colorado - Representing the West
  • Gold Medal of Honor, New York - Allied Artists of America
  • William Meyerowitz Memorial Award for an American Painter, New York
  • Master Signature Award - PAAC - Plein Air Artists of Colorado
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what to expect

The quaint city of Pueblo has been called “a hidden gem”. Pueblo is in southeastern Colorado. About an hour and a half drive from Denver and a three-hour drive from Taos, New Mexico, Pueblo is a smaller city but large enough to have all the amenities of a bigger city. The climate is enjoyable year-round with long spring and fall seasons.  Located between rivers and mountains Pueblo also offers visitors a wide variety of scenic beauty.

Pueblo is undergoing a Bohemian renaissance, becoming a haven for internationally known artists. Pueblo's visual arts scene is growing rapidly with many new art galleries and a wide variety or restaurants with different cultural cuisines. The historic downtown district with the new River Walk offers unique architectural interest, as well as being a great location to take a walk or sit and have a good coffee.

Plein Air workshops will be based out of the Station On The River Walk.  This is where we will meet each morning. We will then go out to various locations to paint.  Locations will be handpicked for convenience and variety of subject matter, and nearby to avoid any distance driving.

Accommodations: Students may opt to stay at the unique Station On The River Walk Boutique Hotel, where we have arranged a substantial discount. There are only 7 rooms so make your reservation immediately upon your registration for the workshop if you wish to stay here. The Marriott hotel is only four blocks and the Marriott Springhill Suites 6 blocks from the boutique hotel. The Inn has very few rooms so reservations will be first come first served If you need help deciding on another lodging option within your budget Call Marty; 719 545-2795

The Station On The Riverwalk, 140 Central Main St., Pueblo Phone; 719 569-7904

Springhill Suites Marriott; 150 S Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO  719 546-1234

Travel Options: The drive from Denver is about an hour and a half, 114 miles, and an hour and forty-five minutes from Denver International Airport.   Students flying in may also choose to fly into Colorado Springs airport only ½ hour north of Pueblo.  Most major airlines fly into this airport.

The River Walk at night


  •  French Easel or pochade box
  •  Canvas: 15-20 small to medium-size panels or canvas 8”x10” to 16”x20”
  •  Odorless mineral spirits
  •  Rags preferred over paper towels (an old towel works well)
  •  Brushes – an assortment of flats and filberts
  •  Palette Knife
  •  Paints (my colors are):
  • Cadmium  Red Light
  • Permanent Rose
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Thalo Green
  • Cadmium Green Pale
  • Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • White (Titanium and Zinc Mix) Grumbacher
  • Students are free to use any colors they wish
  • Please keep in mind that we will be painting outdoors and dress accordingly.  Wear neutral colors, light-colored clothing will reflect on your canvas.  No red.
  • A hat is a good idea, good walking shoes, supplies in an easy to carry pack.
  • Bug Spray, and sunscreen.


$695 tuition; this is NOT an all-inclusive workshop. Price does not include lodging (which is discounted at Station at the River Walk boutique hotel. It also does not include meals and the model fee of $40.
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how to apply
or call 719-545-2795
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