Armbruster Artworks Fine Art Classes

Gretchen Armbruster teaches fine art workshops on various fine art techniques at her Covington Art School and Gallery. Her workshops are suitable for students of all experience levels. Each month covers a different topic such as landscape, still life, and pastels. Classes fill up fast so reserve your easel soon!

Kathy Benasbat teaches a beginners watercolor workshop, for her workshop visit here.
Ryan Perea teaches a drawing and oil painting workshop, for his workshop visit here.

May Workshop

The May workshop is a 4 class workshop. In the first class you will learn the techniques and art of pastels. In the last 3 classes each student will do an oil painting of their own. The cost of the workshop is $230 and all supplies are included. This fee is due by the 15th of April and after the 15th the cost is $250. Classes fill fast so reserve your easel soon. You will choose the day that you wish to come every week in May.

Monday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / May 1, 8, 15, 22
Tuesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / May 2, 9, 16, 23
Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / May 3, 10, 17, 24
Wed Afternoon: 3:00pm – 5:30pm / May 3, 10, 17, 24
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / May 4, 11, 18, 25
Friday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / May 5, 12, 19, 26

June Workshop

June is a 4 class workshop. In the 1st class you will paint a still life that has been set up in class. Shadow, composition, drawing and color will all be subjects learned in this lesson. In the next 3 classes each artist will paint a subject of their choice. The cost of the workshop is $230 and all supplies are included. This fee is due by the 15th of May and after the 15th the cost is $250. Classes fill fast so reserve your easel soon. You will choose the day that you wish to come every week in May / June.

Monday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / May 29th, June 5, 19 , 26
Tuesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / May 30, June 6, 20, 27
Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / May 31, June 7, 21, 28
Wed Afternoon: 3:00pm – 5:30pm / May 31, June 7, 21, 28
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / June 1, 8, 22, 29
Friday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / June 2, 9, 23, 30

*No class for the week of June 11-17

February Workshop

Hello Artists! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and had a wonderful Christmas! It's time to sign up for the February workshop. Students have been signing up through the holidays so let me know very soon so that you don't miss a spot. In February we will be painting still life oil paintings using the black still life box technique.

The cost of the workshop is 230$ and is due by January 15th. Please reserve your easel soon as the classes have begun to fill and there is limited space. Just a reminder that there is a discount if you sign up in advance for 3, 6, or 12 months at a time. (contact me for more details) After the 15th the cost is $250 if there are spots available.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, contact Gretchen Armbruster at 985-630-6295!

February Workshop Schedule
Tuesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / February 5, 12, 19, 26
Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / February 6, 13, 20, 27
Wed Afternoon: 3:00pm – 5:30pm / February 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / February 7, 14, 21, 28
Friday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / February 8, 15, 22, 28

Ryan Perea's Drawing and Oil Painting Workshop
Monday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / February 4, 11, 18, 25

Kathy Benasbat's Watercolor Workshop
Tuesday: 3:00pm – 5:30 pm / February 5, 12, 19, 26

***No refunds once a workshop has been paid for and booked. Makeup classes are available and one makeup class a month is allowed.

March Workshop

Hello Artists! March workshop signup has begun! Please reserve your easel this week before the classes fill. Classes will now be posted 3 months in advance so that you can have this info for your schedule. Ryan Perea, Kathy Bensabat and Ben Benson will all have classes available too.

Starting in March there will be a change to the makeup policy, please see the FAQ at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, contact Gretchen Armbruster at 985-630-6295!

March Workshop Schedule

*No class first week due to Mardi Gras*
Tuesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / March 12, 19, 26 April 2
Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / March 13, 20, 27 April 3
Wed Afternoon: 3:00pm – 5:30pm / March 13, 20, 27 April 3
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / March 14, 21, 28 April 4
Friday: 10:30am – 1:00pm / March 15, 22, 29 April 5

Ryan Perea's Drawing and Oil Painting Workshop
Monday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm / March 11, 18, 25, April 1

Ben Benson's Acrylic Workshop
Saturday: 10:30am – 1:00 pm / March 16, 23, 30 April 6

Book Signing- February 16th 12:00-2:00- please let me know if you can attend to sign books at the studio. invite friends and family to bring their books in to be signed.

Workshop Calendar

March Workshop Schedule

Gretchen first class: Impressionist Painting

*No class first week due to Mardi Gras*

Monday oil and drawing workshop with Ryan Perea-
6:00-8:30pm March 11, 18, 25, April 1
Tuesday oil with Gretchen Armbruster-
10:30-1:00pm March 12, 19, 26 April 2
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm March 13, 20, 27 April 3
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
3:00-5:30pm March 13, 20, 27, April 3
Thursday oil with Gretchen-
6:00-8:30pm March 14, 21, 28 April 4
Friday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm March 15, 22, 29 April 5
Saturday Acrylic with Ben Benson-
1:00-2:30pm March 16, 23, 30 April 6

April Workshop Schedule

Gretchen first class: Painting outdoors

Monday oil and drawing workshop with Ryan Perea-
6:00-8:30pm April 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuesday oil with Gretchen Armbruster-
10:30-1:00pm April 9, 16, 23, 30
Tuesday watercolor with Kathy Bensabat-
3:00-5:30pm April 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm April 10, 17, 24, May 1
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
3:00-5:30pm April 10, 17, 24, May 1
Thursday oil with Gretchen-
6:00-8:30pm April 11, 18, 25,May 2
Friday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm April 12, 19, 26, May 3

May Workshop Schedule

Gretchen first class: Palette Knife Painting

Monday oil and drawing workshop with Ryan Perea-
6:00-8:30pm May 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesday oil with Gretchen Armbruster-
10:30-1:00pm May 7, 14, 21, 28
Tuesday watercolor with Kathy Bensabat-
3:00-5:30pm May 7, 14, 21, 28
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm May 8, 15, 22, 29
Wednesday oil with Gretchen-
3:00-5:30pm May 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday oil with Gretchen-
6:00-8:30pm May 9, 16, 23, 30
Friday oil with Gretchen-
10:30-1:00pm May 10, 17, 24, 31

About the Workshop

Gretchen Armbruster’s instructional workshops have become popular with students of all experience levels. The workshops are usually 4 classes each month, teaching color mixing, line, composition and many techniques in oil painting. Each month covers a different topic in the first class. Landscape, still life, figure and face, and seascapes have been some of the previous subjects. In some workshops other mediums are taught, such as pastel, pen and ink, or watercolor and pencil. In the last 3 classes students will do a painting of their choice in oils.

Guest teachers such as Ryan Perea, Mary Helen Seago, and Ben Benson teach a variety of workshops at Armbruster Artworks. For any questions contact Gretchen Armbruster at 985-630-6295.

Classes fill fast so reserve your easel soon!!!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Call Gretchen at 985-630-6295!  Note that you are not signed up until payment is received!

Pricing and Payment Methods

We accept all major credit cards, cash, or check!

All workshops are $230 and due by the 15th of the previous month.

Discount bulk workshops are available:
3 Months – $630 ($60 savings)
6 Months – $1230 ($150 savings)
12 months – $2400 ($360 savings)

Refund and Makeup Class Policy

No refunds once a workshop has been paid for and booked. You may schedule one makeup class if you have to miss a workshop due to emergency.

Makeup Workshop Policy
1. Only 1 make up per month. If you miss another the next month but have not done a makeup for the previous missed class you will not be able to make that class up.
2. Makeups are for emergencies only.
3. If you schedule a makeup then miss that makeup you forfeit the makeup.
4. If you don’t let me know that you are missing class, either by phone call, text or email, you forfeit the class. Please let me know the day before or earlier if possible. (Text is best).
These rules make it easier to manage and keep track of and make it fair to all.

Armbruster Artworks Fine Art Gallery and School is located at 502 N Columbia St, Covington, LA 70433. Directions here.

Armbruster Artworks