St. Joseph Abbey 
     Abbey Art Works        
75376 River Road     Covington, LA 70376



Instruction in Classical Drawing and Painting

The Shocking Truth About Color For Artists
(What they did not tell you) 

Stay on Campus at the beautiful newly renovated Retreat Center
A Color Full Mardi Gras Weekend  
Friday To Sunday 
February 9, 10, and 11, 2018
Stay On Campus at the Christian Life Center
$225 Room & Board with $50 Deposit
Lyn Hill Taylor, Instructor
$200 Fee

For More Information Call

CLICK HERE TO SEE ENLARGED ARIAL VIEW OF THE ABBEY CAMPUS WITH ABBEY ART WORKS BUILDING PIN POINTED.               ___________________________________________________________________________________
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Watch this site  for the next scheduled Arts at the Abbey Lecture in 2018.

Special thanks to James Patrick Reid for his generosity and erudition.
And to all those who made this event a success.


Artists and Art Students

It was great fun! See you next year.
People's Choice Awards Congratulations to Marie Nowlin, Patrick Robert, and Eileen Wagar.


The Guild of St. Luke
Open for Membership Now

All lovers of the arts have a place in the Guild. 

A Community Outreach Program of St. Joseph Abbey for the Benefit of
 Abbey Art Works 

Or Google  St. Joseph Abbey St Lukes

for information 
and to join. 


Once a Year Members Only Event
Welcome and Thanks to All the Members of the Guild of St. Luke


2018 Class Schedule

2018 January Classes
It's All About Beginners  

Lyn Hill Taylor

Pat Robert, Oil on canvas (current student)
Who is a beginner?
Anyone Who Had not been Introduced to Leonardo's Legacy
Our Signature Program

Abbey Art Works artist-in-residence, Lyn Hill Taylor, will teach a beginner's session in January 2018

Choose between Mondays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays beginning S from 10:00am - 4:00 pm

Intro Program 8 weeks / 3 hour classes

                                                                                Both  students who are beginners to painting or who have some experience 
must finish this eight week introduction to AAW Leonardo's Legacy Program class in order to then study in  a regular weekly class with Lyn Taylor. 
(Regular ongoing weekly class fee is $175)                                  Call 985-789-6889 to register.                                                                                                                         Cher                                                                                        Cairns, oil on canvas (current student


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Alan Flattmann 
Abbey Art Works
Landscape & Cityscape Painting Class
Tuesdays, 9am to 1pm, October 10 - November 28, 2017


Portrait Workshop returns in 2018
Coming in March-April 2018
Get on the waiting list. 985-789-6889
8 weeks, three hour sessions
Fee $350


Enrollment for Winter 2018 Open Now

New to Abbey Art Works? A beginner? Just need the supportive nudge of experienced instruction?




What's new in the coop?

The Studio Facility
The Abbey's renovated farm building is now an  rustic retreat with  north light, tall, exposed rafter ceiling, new built-in work stations, central air and heat, excellent studio lighting for night classes, custom built  personal storage lockers for students, studio easels, tables, personal still life stands, individual drawing stations with personal still life , grid, and lighting, and a selection of plaster casts for beginners.
Easy access to the building, more than ample parking and no stairs to climb make the facility convenient for all. 
The chicken coop is very near the Abbey's 40 room retreat house, where bed and board will be available for students at specially planned week-end or week-long workshops and plein air events.
The beautiful grounds of the monastery, the Abbey Church bells ringing the hours, and the famous Benedictine welcome all contrive to give the student the perfect place to learn. 

The Atelier Program
The teaching program is based on a unique method, "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 the mind teaches us to paint.
 Color Theory is no mystery here, where students learn the fascinating history of the artist's use of pigments and mixing and using color is easy through the introduction of our exclusive  AAW Teaching Palettes and the Munsell Color Sphere.
Students work on painting projects which progressively teach the AAW Method of understanding the process of painting.
While in session, the studio atmosphere is likened to that of a library. The contemplative space of students is respected.

The Gallery
Before and after class students have the full use of this room adjacent to the studio. This cedar plank paneled room
with gallery track lighting for student and visiting artist exhibits is also an art library and gathering place for coffee, and snacks.
Available Only at Abbey Art Works

Abbey Art works introduces fine art instruction designed by AAW Artist in Residence, Lyn Taylor, which uniquely combines the traditional Atelier System with the results of decades of research in the study of painting, of professional studio practice, scientific investigation in current neuroscience and experimentation with provable, repeatable results.

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. 

To Sign Up

 We will email you our current calendar and work with you to find the
 class and time best for you.

Abbey Art Works artist-in-residence, Lyn Hill Taylor, specializes in working 
with the Beginning Student.


Student Highlights

STUDENT First Quarter Beginner 

 Photo of still life (above) and
 student painting (below)
 Learning to see and draw towards classical realism. Peg S. 

Next Portrait Class 2018
Enroll Now 

 AAW will offer instruction in portraiture in charcoal, pencil, and oil painting. 

Interested Students please call 985-789-6889 
March-April 2017

From Abstraction to realism in original work.
 Earlyn J.
December 2015
Above: Photo record of the work in progress,
Below:Instructor's Notes on student's understanding of the process.


Abbey Art Works is dedicated to the idea that art can be taught.


Abbey Art Works offers training in the Leonardo's Legacy Technique© to teachers as well as students. 
 For Our Out of Town Students

Private 5-Day Sessions available Now with Lyn Taylor

5 Days back to back; 3 hours a day; morning or afternoon; 16 hours including extra final 1 Hour Wrap Up Session. Fee $560

Some study Choices: 

 #1 AAW's  Shocking Truth About Color Theory and Revolutionary Teaching Palette Workshop (5 day ) 

#2 AAW's  Leonardo's Legacy: Painting, Science, and the Life of the Soul Part 1  (5 day) 

#3 AAW's  Leonardo's Legacy: Part 2 ( day)

Note: Add $100 to have sessions videotaped for your future study.
Ask for a discount if you are a senior citizen or if you enroll for more than one session at a time.
Call for complete information 985-789-6889 or go to Contact Page here.  
All student work is completely original and show unique styles and interests.
We are proud to work towards competence, confidence, and enjoyment for all students.

Students make their own schedules by calling 985-789-6889.
 We will email you our current calendar and work with you to find the class and time best for you.

Student Work


AAW Artist Lyn Taylor Leads Southern Hotel's
First art workshop- Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune June 26, 2015
Sarah Bonnette
Click link below to read the full article

Study at AAW:
Call for availability of class times .
 985.789.6889 or go to Contact Page here.


A New Feature
This space will contain
 our new feature called the 'Fly on the Wall" Productions.
So, here is FOTW #1  and 2
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Eavesdropping In the Studio
A beginning student works with artist/instructor, Lyn Taylor, of Abbey Art Works. Learning to retain da Vinci's "Indeterminate".
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Eavesdropping in the Studio #2
A beginning student works with artist/instructor, Lyn Taylor, of Abbey Art Works.

 Look for notice of an encore of this successful event in the future.


Detail of Portrait of Abbot Justin Brown, OSB,
 by Lyn Hill Taylor, 
Abbey Art Works Instructor, 2013

Plein Air Work at Jane's Farm

Seminarian Class
From St Joseph Seminary College

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