• Interactive instruction including multiple instructor demos
  • Actual painting with individualized instruction
  • Constructive critiques of work


Follow up questions answered, recommendations of artists to follow, critiques of future work and discounts for future workshops.

Sunday, April 2
Breakfast buffet: 7-8:30 am
Structured workshop 8:30-noon
Lunch buffet noon-1pm

Paint out with the instructor or paint on your own.
Dinner: 6-7pm
Painting critiques/read/sit on the deck or by the wood burning stove

Retreat is limited to only 5 guests on a 1st-come basis. 
Make your reservations now while they are still available:  $560. per person 

TERMS: A $150.00 reservation deposit* required to hold your registration.  Balance due at start of retreat.
*Reservation deposit 100% refundable if cancelled up to 14 days prior to workshop.  After that only if a replacement is found.

"Paint me!"

Paint the vivid spring colors in the idyllic rolling hills of Calhoun County, Illinois 

Saturday, April 1 - Monday, April 3, 2017

 The 3 day all inclusive plein air retreat includes:  Demos, workshops and painting guidance available on-demand with resident plein air artist Allen Kriegshauser.  Plus plenty of great food and housing all included! 

 Roll out of bed into an incredible scenic location and take in the  sunrises.  Enjoy painting and refining your plein air skills during the day.  In the evenings sit, paint, read and enjoy the breathtaking un-obstructed views of the upper Mississippi River Valley from the lodge’s ample wrap-around covered deck. 

This is all-inclusive 3 day retreat includes: 

·  Painting instruction
·  Meals
·  Accommodations.

WORKSHOP STATEMENT:  This workshop aims to offer straight forward actionable information, indispensable how-to instruction
necessary to create a solid plein air painting.  Fifty years painting experience will be shared including the do’s as well as the what not to do's.
This workshop will provide an arsenal of practical technical advice so that you will have a quiver of skills essential for delivering a confident structured painting while removing the paralyzing frustration of what to do next with your painting.

Workshop will cover:

·         How to compose and simplify a large landscape scene.
·         Different painting surfaces (pro and cons)
·         Brushes (which one and when along with other helpful tools of the trade)
·         Mediums (different types, how much is too much)
·         How to choose a subject or location
·         Composing and designing (Nail down your painting so you aren’t chasing the changing light)
·         Emphasis on values and mixing colors
·         How-to-deliver clean colors to your canvas without creating mud (wet-on-wet color application & layering color)
·         and much more . . .

 ACCOMMODATIONS: Sleeping accommodations range from: 1 bedroom with queen, 1with full bed, 1 with 2 twin beds and, the narrow ship captain's bed in the widows walk loft.

Checks payable to:    Allen Kriegshauser                      
Mailing address:           69 Wildwood Lane                 
                                  Kirkwood, MO 63122
Contact Allen at: 314-965-2771 or

One of several instructor demo paintings completed at during the fall 2016 retreat.

From the deck of the lodge, en plein air oil, 12x16

by Allen Kriegshauser

The all-inclusive workshop retreat package is just $560./per guest:  

Workshop instruction, housing & meals limited to 5 guests.  All you need to bring is your easel and brushes.  Even painting panels are provided.  Book your reservations now.  The last retreat sold out fast!

Monday:  April 2
Breakfast buffet: 7-8:30 am
Paint out with the instructor or paint on your own
Lunch buffet: noon-1pm
Stay and paint till 3pm – enjoy the scenic ride home including river view, Pere Marquette State Park & historic lodge and Elsha, the quaint 18th century river port town.

Retreats fill up fast . . . register now!

Allen Kriegshauser

Plein Air Painting Retreat  April 1-3, 2017 - ​Sorry wait list only

Check back in April for Fall 2017 Retreat dates & 2-day Plein Air workshop in June.

Allen Kriegshauser


Saturday, April 1

Arrive as early as 8 am
Breakfast buffet: Coffee/tea/juice will be provided before lunch
Structured workshop 9:30-noon
Lunch buffet: noon-1pm
Paint out with the instructor or paint on your own.
Dinner: 6-7pm
Painting critiques/read/sit on the deck or by the wood burning stove

THE LOCATION: River Wind Farm is a working alpaca farm located high above the upper Mississippi with views that are hard to describe.  The River Wind lodge is nestled on the crest of a high bluff above Hamburg, IL.  Enjoy breathtaking un-obstructed views of the upper Mississippi River and the valley which stretches for miles in each direction from the lodge’s ample wrap-around covered deck.  For the next several days experience spectacular sunsets, colorful misty sunrises, and flocks of migrating birds while the alpacas graze on the pastures below.

The farm is located 70 north of St. Louis OR 49 Miles north of Alton, IL.  Take the Great River Road north thru Grafton past Pere Marquette State Park.