We paint to let our souls know that we are listening.

Get out and paint this spring.

It will be good for your soul after being cooped up for so long...


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Plein Air - 8 Weeks Exclusive Access

The Abbot's Garden - The Wild Ponds and Sky - Architecture - Water Reflections and More

Plus exhibit in the new AAW Gallery!

Lyn Hill Taylor: Thursdays: 9 - noon

Starts April 8

$175 per month or $45 per day

Drawing   Painting   Etching   Art History   Realism   Abstraction   Printmaking   Oil Painting  Still Life


Watercolor  Acrylics   Manuscript Illumination   Landscape   Still life   Portraiture 

Saint Joseph Abbey

Covington , La.



Call    985-327-1021

email  www.info@abbeyartworks.com

Online Registration Now Open

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LeonARDO'S Legacy

AAW Signature Class

Required for Beginning Students

Next Offered in Fall 2021 

8 Weeks Plein Air

The Abbot's Garden and More 

Thursday Mornings 

Starts April 8

Per day $45

Advanced Still Life
Spring 2021

The Next Big Things...


The last entry was received the first week in September. We are working to organize them into a digital record. When all is ready, we will have close to sixty wonderful works to show to each other!

A date will be chosen for our potluck gathering and sharing of art work as soon as we get the Covid green light from the Abbot.

We will be in touch with all the painters soon!

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2021 Schedule

AAW Staff Instructors

& Their Courses


The first Four Weeks in Pictures

 $175 per month . 

Schedule & Fees
Monthly Sessions Start
January 4, 2021

Like no art class you have ever attended.

* Required Course for all beginning students.

designed by AAW 

Artistic Director, Lyn Hill Taylor. 

The Eight Week Introduction

This method uniquely combines three processes:  the traditional Atelier System, as in the old guilds or Renaissance workshops; the results of decades of research, study, professional practice in the art of painting; and scientific investigation and experimentation in contemporary neuroscience, with provable, repeatable results.

The teaching program is based on a unique method,developed at Abbey Art Works, "Leonardo's Legacy:

Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul" where Da Vinci's own words, seen through modern science's

knowledge of visual perception, has shown that we all have the tools to draw and paint successfully.

Students learn the importance of mindful preparation for the learning experience, the nature of the

creative model, the path to 'the flow', and how our brain teaches us to paint.


Color theory is explored. We learn the fascinating history

of the Renaissance artist's use of earth pigments, the

Impressionist's  new mineral palette, and the modern

artist's chemical colors. 

Mixing and using color becomes easy through the

introduction of our exclusive AAW Teaching

Palettes and

the Munsell Color Sphere.  


Through assigned projects, students


learn to understand the AAW Method in the


of painting.

The result is a teaching program that opens

the world of painting to all, that proves its

effectiveness with the most recent

neuroscience, and shows how the

contemplative nature of painting is

simply good for the soul.

This Program was designed for all those people who always wanted

to give painting a try.

It is not too late. Our oldest student is 96 years old.

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After the four week Introduction to Leonardo'e Legacy, students may elect to enroll for the full semester session for a total of five months of hands on exercises in drawing, design, color theory, and oil painting.


in depth instruction 

drawing   watercolor   oil painting

175 per month

april and may 2021 landscape from life

lyn hill taylor, instructor


Advanced Drawing Techniques

Lyn Hill Taylor

abbey landscapes

oil and watercolor

april -may


Alan Flattmann

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Jaclyn Warren

Advanced  Drawing
        April - May

Postponed until Fall 2021

Contact Us

Wrapping Up

 the Thoughtful Isolation Project-

After covid.

Student Work 2020
Student Work 2020

Pastel   Oil   Watercolor

Alan Flattmann





Classical Copperplate Etching







the Soul

8 week sessions
January 6, 2021- February 24, 2021
Fee- $300



One session consists of Four Consecutive Saturdays

1 pm - 4 pm


Advanced Still Life


Auseklis Ozols

Enough said.

Begins Saturday April 10, 2021

1 pm - 4 pm


Limited to six participants.



 Monday Afternoons

Sign up now.

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Postponed until Fall 2021

October 2021 

A  3 - Day Workshop

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Chryl Casso Corizzo






Annual Artists' Retreat

August 23 - 27

Billie Bourgeois

October 4 - 8, 2021
$875 per person;
$200 deposit required


Beautiful on-site accommodations, world-class artist- instructors,  excellent meals, the beauty of the Abbey grounds and the welcome of the Monks.

What's not to like?




A beginner? Can't draw a straight line?

No matter. You dont have to. Really.

Alan Flattmann Workshop

Plein Air


The Abbey  


Art History Interludes- 

Join the St. Luke Guild.

Join the Guild!!

Jason Berry book signing.

Jason Berry, Author, speaker at 2019 Arts at the Abbey.

Exhibit by Nancy Tigert of her paintings of Fontainebleau Part shown at Arts at the Abbey Day 2019.

Nancy Tigert, artist exhibitor at 2019 Arts at the Abbey Day. Started at AAW as a beginner.

Phillip Sage, acknowledged Master Printmaker, instructs Br. Leo Franca, O.S.B. in the rudiments of the etching process.

Open Studio Mondays

An opportunity for self-directed students to work in our studio without instruction.

St. Luke's Day 2017

On October 18, the feast day of St. Luke, of each year we celebrate the arts with Lecture & Luncheon.

Learn to Let go & Open Up

Leonardo's Legacy Introduction Class student, Laura Robert, showed great courage and confidence in her first painting. The exercise was to use one set of complementary colors and show a light source.

Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B.

Steadfast supporter of the arts and friend to all at Abbey Art Works.

Painting As Symbolic Narrative

Lyn Hill Taylor, AAW Artist is working on a series of charcoal, graphite, and etched images.

Leonardo's Legacy

.."I shall not refrain....from offering a new form of contemplation." wrote Leonardo da Vinci in his 'Treatise on Painting'.

Color Your World

Finally a class where the truth about color is told! The nature, history, and use by painters of the colors we thought we understood. Mixing paint will never be difficult again. Legacy Plus Module 4 Starts May 16

Benedictine Monk

Theophilis Presbyter, ( first half of 12th century) Benedictine monk who wrote thr first important treatise on painting, glass-making, and metalwork. Theophilus was probably the pseudonym of the goldsmith monk Roger of Helmarshausen. ...credited with inventing oil painting. From: Theophilus Presbyter in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages »

AAW Students at Their Easels

AAW is for those who always wanted 'to give painting a try'. Perhaps now - as an avocation or a retirement activity, is the time/

Lyn Taylor, Leonardo's Legacy

Carolyn LeBlanc, Wildlife Art

Award winning pastellist teaches the details of representing wildlife and domestic animals.

Working primarily in acrylic paint, the student explores mark making.

Alan Flattmann, Instructor

Nationally recognized Master Pastelist offfers Landscape and Portrait Instruction year round.

Phillip Sage is known worldwide for his depictions of life in the city of New Orleans. teaches etching in AAW Printmaking Studio.

Robert Labranche, Instructor

Drawing From the Soul

The AAW Pioneers

Some of the first students at AAW- dedicated, successful and appreciated!

AAW Rose Window

Designed by Lyn Taylor with Abbot Justin's approval to use the Abbey's rose window and arch format to literally 'reflect' how the arts and the contemplative live compliment one another.

Beginners are a specialty!

We are on hand to greet and help you>

Students at work.

Our home on campus.

Abbey Art Works

Saint Joseph Abbey

Covington, La. USA

St. Luke's Day 2017

On October 18, the feast day of St. Luke, of each year we celebrate the arts with Lecture & Luncheon.