Plein Air Painting with Deb
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • 16 hours over 4 days

Plein Air Painting with Deb

Experience the beauty of Colorado Springs in an art-filled adventure with oil painter Deb. Learn plein air painting and techniques to capture light and colors in breathtaking locations, including Garden of the Gods Park, with uplifted red rock geology and stunning views of Pikes Peak, America’s favorite mountain. There is nothing like being outdoors, enjoying our world, and capturing its beauty.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1185
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $600


One Guest
USD $1095
Additional guest(s)

Meet the Artist

Deb Bartos is an oil painter who captures the beauty of the natural world with vibrant colors and a deep understanding of light and color. With years of experience teaching art appreciation and painting, Deb has developed a passion for sharing her knowledge with people of all levels, from beginners to advanced. She is well-versed in the area and participates in many juried shows and plein air events.

Deb is fascinated by the interplay of light and color in nature and continues to learn from other artists who share her love of capturing the true colors of nature. She paints on-site, as it provides her with the information she needs to create a painting that captures the essence of a place. Using water-soluble oils, Deb is able to work quickly and easily while also adhering to a non-toxic approach to painting.

Her paintings are a testament to her commitment to the Native American path of "Walking in Beauty." Living just miles from the Garden of the Gods Park, she invites painters and non-painters alike to experience the joy of painting on location.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Paint landscapes in various outdoor locations including Garden of the Gods Park.
  • Master the art of seeing true colors in nature and capturing the mood and feeling of a place.
  • Receive expert guidance on composition techniques and how to establish accurate light and color relationships quickly.
  • Experiment with a limited palette to create paintings on panel.
  • Your own original painting (or two) of Colorado Springs.
  • Visit Rockledge Ranch for sketching and photography, a historical ranch and interactive living history location.
  • Enjoy an artist's walking tour of the Broadmoor hotel and lakefront to admire both historic and current art collections.
  • If time permits, hike at Palmer Park, a 750 acre wilderness park on a mesa with unique rock formations overlooking the city.

Stay at Deb's

Enjoy spectacular views of Pikes Peak at this peaceful, spacious, and centrally-located apartment, just a 6-minute walk from the studio and less than two miles from Downtown, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, and Garden of the Gods. The apartment is also located within walking distance of restaurants and grocery stores.

Includes access to a large walk-out basement with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room, full gourmet kitchen, office, and laundry room. Guests also have access to a private patio with outdoor seating and a grill, as well as a 6-person hot tub that is shared with Deb's neighbors.

Explore Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, is a beautiful city rich in natural beauty, history and culture. The city is home to the famous Broadmoor Art Academy, which was founded in 1919 by the owners of the Broadmoor hotel and has since become the Fine Art Center of Colorado Springs. The hotel itself holds an impressive collection of art and hosts several galleries showcasing the finest artists from around the world.

Beyond its artistic heritage, Colorado Springs is also home to the breathtaking Garden of the Gods, a unique rock formation that draws thousands of visitors every year to experience its natural beauty. Whether you're interested in art, history, or nature, Colorado Springs has something to offer for everyone.

Additional Details

The best time for plein air painting in Colorado is May–October, with some muddy trails in April. Rest of the year gets cold and is great for still-life painting and museum visits.

This VAWAA can be extended for up to 5 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.

Best suited for 18+ years or older but ages 12-17 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Must be physically fit to walk / hike and stand for a few hours painting outside. A friendly Great Pyrenees dog might be around for some studio time and outings.
Deb's Availability 4 days