retreat dates Saturday, Oct 19 - Monday , oct 21, 2019

pleinair, plein air, painting retreat, painting workshop, painting instruction

3 day all inclusive painting retreat

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 comfort 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

(For  more  detailed  retreat  information scroll  to the bottom of the page.)

Retreat is limited to maximum of only 6 guests on a 1st-come basis. 


" Your workshop easily surpassed my expectations.  Great food & lodging aside, I really value your demos & personal critiques.  I am experiencing great carry over of information. . .Great balance of lecture, demos & painting time, plus beautiful location."  Mary L

"Your warm greeting instantly made us feel welcomed. . . Your ability to convey the steps to us was excellent!  The food & room was more than we could have asked for. . . "   

Michelle S

Make your reservations now while they are still available:


1. AVAILABLE  -  QUEEN bedroom with Queen bed $595. (all-inclusive)

                                   (Participating  spouse sharing  queen add $490) 

2. AVAILABLE  -  DOUBLE bedroom with double bed $585. (all-inclusive)

3.  AVAILABLE  -  TWIN bedroom with  2 twin beds $570.  (all-inclusive)

                                        SHARED TWIN bedroom with  2 twin beds $530. /each person 


4.  AVAILABLE - SLEEPING LOFT with single bed 

                                       with  panoramic of the Mississippi  valley  $570. (all-inclusive)


 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 21 days prior to workshop.  After that only if a replacement is found. 

Checks payable to:    Allen Kriegshauser
Mailing address: 69 Wildwood Lane

                                    Kirkwood, MO 63122

Contact Allen at: 314-965-2771 or

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. (This is a non-smoking facility.)



FAQs about this retreat:


  • Structured group and personalized instruction, demos and critiques offered by the resident instructor Allen Kriegshauser 
  • Interactive instruction
  • Multiple instructor demos
  • Individualized instruction (limited to 5 guests)
  • Constructive critiques of work
  • Great food
  • Comfortable accommodations
  • Spectacular views
  • Make new like minded friends
  • Relax and enjoy.  You set your own pace.



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

INSTRUCTOR: ALLEN KRIEGSHAUSER, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute in painting and printmaking.  I have been painting for over 50 years and was recently a featured artist in “Arts in America, on PBS”.  I actively compete in plein air competition across the US (22 events 2015-17 including an invited artist at:  Door County, Plein Air Texas, Easels in Frederick & Plein Air Richmond, Solomons Island).

Works can also be viewed on his Facebook albums 

WORKSHOP STATEMENT:  This workshop aims to offer straight forward actionable information, indispensable how-to instruction necessary to create a solid plein air painting.  50 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 the your canvas without creating mud                              (wet-on-wet color application & layering color)

·    and much more . . . want to know about the business of painting ask away.

What to bring, accomodations, meals


What to bring:

Yourself, clothes, painting supplies and an appetite.

Painting supplies:

 (Will send a detailed supply list with the reservation confirmation email.  

List will include detailed paint, brush, razor palette scraper and palette knife list.)

An easel appropriate for landscape painting (Soltek, French,  tripod with box, etc)

  • Painting palette (plexiglass preferred)
  • Thinner pail 
  • Paint thinner (odorless mineral spirits)
  • Plein air umbrella
  • Sunscreen, bug spray and hat

I will bring an ample supply of painting panels.  I also have extra easels, palettes & thinner pails which are available for use at the retreat on a first come basis.  Contact me before the workshop if you need any of the above.




Saturday:  Arrive 8-9:15 am

 (If you wish to arrive earlier on Friday and enjoy the sunset with a light dinner for an additional $65.)

Breakfast buffet coffee /tea/juice will be provided before lunch

Structured workshop 9:30-noon

Lunch noon-1pm:  buffet lunch

Paint out with the instructor or paint on your own.

Hors d'oeuvres/Dinner: 6-7pm

Painting critiques/read/sit on the deck or by the wood burning stove


Breakfast: 7-8:30 am

Structured workshop 8:30-noon

Lunch noon-1pm:  buffet lunch

Paint out with the instructor or paint on your own.

Hors d'oeuvres/Dinner: 6-7pm

Painting critiques/read/sit on the deck or by the wood burning stove


Breakfast: 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 fall colors on the way home.