Charles Muench Workshop

by Armand Cabrera

                                Bend in the River            12 x 16                   Oil on Linen

I wanted to share a great opportunity with everyone. My friend Charles Muench is teaching a workshop in the Sierras this June and there are a couple of spots still available.  Charles is a highly collected and award winning artist. His solo shows have been sellouts for the last few years and he lives in the Sierras and paints in all four seasons outdoors there.

                                     Mount Ritter            36 x 30                Oil on Linen

Charles awards include an Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America in 1999, the Gold Medal at the San Louis Obispo Plein Air competition in 2002, Artist Choice in 2003 at Telluride Plein Air, Best of Show at Telluride Plein Air in 2006, Best of Show at the Crystal Cove Invitational in 2007,  First Place at the Joan Irvine Smith Heritage Exhibition 2008, The Collectors Choice Award at Maynard Dixon Country Show in 2005 and 2008, The Edgar Payne Award for best landscape at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show in 2010, and the Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show in 2011, and the Irvine Museum Purchase Award at the California Gold Medal Exhibition 2012.

Hope Valley Spring Workshop

Four Day Workshop Painting the Eastern Sierra

Spring time in Hope Valley.
June 9th – June 12th


Not only is Hope Valley one of the most beautiful places in all of the Sierra, it is also one of the most accessible. Easy walking to great scenery!

Wildflowers, snow capped peaks, and the meandering West Carson River.

Accommodations are available in Markleeville, Hope Valley, and Woodfords.

Charles will make the most of each day- demonstrations, painting, critique, and taking in the gestalt of a group of artists painting together.

E-mail Charles for deposit and reservation information, materials list, accommodations, and any questions you might have.

For more information, click here to visit Charles’ website:


Spring Wildflowers in Hope Valley.

Spring snow-melt demonstration.

If you are looking for a chance to study painting with a contemporary master in a spectacular setting I highly recommend this workshop.  

Round Valley Spring   20 x 30   Oil on Linen

Maine Workshop Sept 17 – 21 2012


Armand Cabrera

I have a workshop coming this year in Bernard, Maine on beautiful Mount Desert Island. Last time I was up there at Acadia Workshops I had so much fun I signed up to do it again. We had a great time and the weather was perfect. If you are interested in painting in one of the most stunning coastal areas of the country I hope you’ll consider signing up. The dates are September 17th through 21st Please contact Gail Ribas at AcadiaWorkshops.

These are some of the paintings I did of the area.

Fall Workshops 2012

Armand Cabrera

                                                                     Jekyll Island

I have two workshops coming up in the next few months. In my workshops I work very hard to preserve the participant’s style of painting and help them get through to the next level wherever they are at in their career. Some of the things I cover are general approaches for making a painting, organization, color theory, paint application, edges, and drawing.  For more advanced students I work to get their ideas focused and to find the truth and emotional content of a scene and how to express their singular vision with maximum impact.

Wilmington Waterfront
The first is in Wilmington North Carolina, October 12-14. This will be sponsored by Nelson Fine Art. 
1982 EastwoodRoad
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910.256.9956

Denise Smith and Sandy Nelson, the owners have invited me down to teach a three day workshop.  That area has some great places to paint like Greenfield Park and Airlie Gardens, the Wilmington Waterfront and I’m looking forward to seeing that part of the state again.

Greenfield Park
Next I’ll be in Saint Simons Island Georgia again. The dates for the workshop are October 29-November 1 through Anderson Fine Art Gallery and we already have quite a few people signed up for this.
3309 Frederica Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

 Some of the places I’ve painted in the past include Christ Church and the cemetery grounds, Fort Frederica National Monument, Gascoigne Bluff, Jekyll Island, Darien, and Fort King George. There is a lot of rich history on the island and the surrounding areas and painting the Golden Isles is always fun.

                                                                           Marsh Edge

2014 Armand Cabrera Workshops

I am teaching two workshops this year the first will be in Highlands North Carolina at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts.  My workshop, Practical Solutions for Painting Anything will focus on helping artists improve their skills to translate the beauty in the world around them into paintings. The class time will be split between working in the studio and working from life.  The dates are Monday through Friday August 11 to 15; hours are 10 AM to 4 PM

In September this year I will be in Southwest Harbor, Maine at the Acadia Workshop Center   Again the focus is on both Studio and Outdoor Painting. My workshop Successful Paintings for Any Level will be 4 days Monday through Thursday September 8 – 11, hours 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

These workshops have been designed by me to make each student better at what they do, not blindly copy my style of painting. I believe each artist has a unique way of seeing the world and expressing themselves. My job and my responsibilities as a teacher are to preserve that unique expression and strengthen the students skill sets, giving them more choices to explore their creative vision.