• Learn, Create, Enjoy & Experience

    Come and learn something new ... discover your creativity in a peaceful and beautiful setting!

    We are a group of creative individuals coming together to offer all inclusive workshops in several different mediums.

    We offer full and half day workshops in our english conservatory - with a break in between to experience a lunch that includes fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from our garden. After lunch have a stroll through our potager garden to see what is growing or relax for a bit in the garden.


    NEWS! We are booking small garden weddings, baby & bridal showers, birthday parties now! Send us your email and we will send you pdfs with our rental info and catering options! We also have LAVENDER COTTAGE - a two bedroom cottage on our property that can be rented directly from us - ask us for more information!

    Call 626-215-4256 to make reservations!




    Upcoming 2018 workshops:

    • Dennis Perrin Painting From The Inside Out 3 Day Workshop -                              Nov. 2-4th from 9-4pm daily - light breakfast and farmable lunch included
    • Christie Repasy Weekend Workshops - Oct. 20th AND Oct. 21st from 10-4 with breakfast and lunch - you can come to one day or two! Discount given for two days!

    • Copperplate Calligraphy with Breakfast & Lunch - Younghae Chung - Logos Calligraphy & Design​ - New date TBD for Spring 10am until 4pm
    • Succulent Chairs with Brunch  - Shirley Farris - new date TBD for spring  9am-Noon 
    • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshops  - Sat. Dec. 8th OR Sat. Jan. 12th from 10am-1pm with brunch
    • Pique Assiette (Broken China Stepping Stone) - plus lunch Sat. Dec. 1st  OR Sat. Jan 19th from 9-1:30pm 
    • Two Day Garden Mosaic Project Workshop -  Sat Jan 26th from 9-2pm and returning Sun Jan 27th from 10-Noon 
    • * Please ask about private workshop parties

    Yes! We do intimate garden weddings...

    BIG NEWS! Dennis Perrin and Lavender Marketplace are so excited to announce that Dennis will be here to do a 3 Day Painting workshop!

    See details below and register here online!


    Imported Handmade Bags! Hottest bag trend of this summer as seen on top fashion bloggers! 

    Specially made this beautiful Ata bag comes from eastern Bali.
    These backpacks have been handcrafted by Balinese women for generations. The process includes weaving ata grass into bag designs and drying them under the sun. Once ready, they are smoked over the coconut husk fire to develop beautiful shade of golden brown. These backpacks are moisture resistant, very durable and will last for years to come. Note: due to it's hand made nature, each bag is unique and is not exactly the same.

    Romantic Homes article on what we offer here at Lavender Marketplace in their Sept. 2017 issue!

    This is where the workshops are held...

    Beautiful & peaceful setting to get creative!
    The Conservatory - where the events & workshops are held

    Enjoy lunch with fresh seasonal fruits & vegetables from the Potager Garden

    Potager Garden - we use as much from the garden as we can for the workshop lunches!

    Morning refreshments before class and lunch served at noon

  • Painting from the Inside Out:
    A Workshop with Dennis Perrin

    3 Day Workshop November 2 - 4th 2018 9am-4pm each day plus farmable lunch
    Supplies not included - list will be sent upon request


    All levels welcome, basic knowledge of oil and equipment a necessity.

    Dennis will help you realize your potential as an artist by going beyond materials and techniques.

    Creator of the Perrin Method, Dennis’s teaching covers not only the technical aspects of painting, but the thought processes behind painting with special emphasis on the power of belief and intention.

    The principle subject will be floral still life in oil but may also include some outdoor painting in a garden or with a figure in the scene. Be prepared to explore the possibilities.


    A workshop with Dennis Perrin is more than just a teaching event about technique and picture making. It's a comprehensive seminar on how to think about painting, where a painting comes from, a self-examination of the question "Why Paint,?" as well as a thorough exploration of color, value, temperature, technique and materials.


    Attending a Perrin workshop ensures a complete exposure to the lineage of the great painters historically, and an immersion in the full enjoyment of the Creative Process. By teaching students to imagine and visualize their completed paintings, Perrin provides the student with an infallible road map to the successful completion of any creative project. Through discussion, slide shows, and demonstration, Perrin gives the student a complete of understanding of The Perrin Method™ as well as a toolbox full of useful, practical tools that will perpetually serve the aspiring artist, accomplished amateur, or professional painter in the realization of their visions.


    The workshop begins with a lively session of introductions, followed by a development of intentionality. Perrin then lays out the Perrin Method™, its historical precedents, and its direct application to painting. He also brings everyone up to speed with the Checkerboard Illusion, the Color Illusion, and the Value based Simplification process. This is followed by a complete demonstration of a painting, step-by-step, from conception to completion.

    Dennis Perrin


    Dennis Perrin is an internationally renowned and collected artist whose work hangs in public and private collections on nearly every continent. He was trained at The New Orleans Academy of Art under the late M. Dell Weller. For decades, he showed at galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and was a prolific creator of numerous figurative and floral works, many which feature his wife, Aimee, as model.


    In late 2015, in collaboration with his daughter, Camille Rose Giglio, Perrin created The Perrin Method™, an online Atelier dedicated to bringing his unique style of teaching to a worldwide audience. To date, The Perrin Method™ boasts of students numbering in the many hundreds and in 29 countries around the world. His live workshops have become exceedingly popular, regularly filling up. Several times a year, he and Aimee go on the road from coast to coast, teaching workshops from Georgia to California.


    Daily, Perrin’s works are celebrated in social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where he has a global following of more than 60,000 followers. His teachings go beyond the usual emphasis on traditional painting techniques to include visualization, imagination, and meditation, and Perrin strongly encourages his students develop their own unique Personal Vision as artists. His Personal Mentoring Program emphasizes the unique role the individual plays in the development of their work. Recently, Dennis and Aimee have moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where they have opened the Dennis Perrin Fine Art Gallery. To view the artist's current work, please visit the Gallery website here.




  • Christie Repasy Floral Painting Workshop Weekend

    BOTH DAYS from 10am until 4pm
    Christie and I have decided to have a painting weekend in October! Come and enjoy one class or two!
    These painting workshops, to be held in our conservatory, are designed for anyone to be able to enjoy and complete a finished rose painting.
    Christie will be walking you through each step from start to finish as she teaches you some basic principles of painting and color mixing. If you are a beginner you will be painting a rose on a 8x10 canvas in acrylic with a background. There will be a pattern to trace your rose onto the canvas in case you do not draw. If you have taken her class before then you will be painting a rose with a bird. Or another choice is to paint a double roses painting.
    Please bring an apron to protect your clothes. The class is from 10am-4pm with lavender scones and tea before beginning and then later a farm table lunch with organic veggies from our potager garden. All supplies are included.

  • Silk Scarf Marbling Workshop & Lunch

    Sat. December 8th


    Sat. Jan 12th

    from 10-1pm with BRUNCH $89

    Instructors - Justin and Kim Brandstater


    Utilizing modern, eco-friendly and upcycled materials, we bring the beautiful, ancient art of water marbling to the 21st century. Each student will be making their own one-of-a-kind handmade water-marbled silk scarf. (additional scarves are $39.00 each - if you want to make more than one) Each student applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in our custom-built water marbling trays, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design to their liking. It is a true "WOW" moment when the finished scarf is held up for all to see! No experience necessary. This workshop is intended for all skill levels – from the beginner to the intermediate creative. All materials and supplies provided for your inspirational time with us. Children welcome!


    Today, marbling is going strong with hundreds of master artists around the world who explore and revitalize the traditional methods, bringing new ideas to this wonderful form of expression. Marbled paper is still made today, and the method is now applied to fabric and three-dimensional surfaces, as well as paper. Aside from continued traditional applications, artists now explore using the method as a kind of painting technique, and as an element in collage. A more modern term for the art is "hydro dipping," and is often done by printing a design on a gel, laying the gel sheet on the surface of water, misting water over the gel to fully hydrate the inks, and then dipping the object into the now-liquid inks floating on the surface. In the last few decades, marbling has been the subject of international symposia and museum exhibitions. An active international group can be found on Yahoo! Groups, as well as the Society of Marbling, an organization of practicing marblers.



  • "Pique Assiette"

    Broken China Stepping Stone Workshop

    Sat. December 1st 2019 from 9am - 1:30pm

    Sat Jan. 19th 2019 from 9am - 1:30pm

    Lunch with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables from our Potager Garden & wine

    Instructor - Kim Brandstater

    Mosaic stepping stones

    Pique assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, pique assiette literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye-catching art creations.


    Some people may assume that pique assiette is a very difficult and laborious work of art to learn. Yes, making pique assiette is an art. Don't be scared though if you have never done any art projects before, because it is simple to learn and anybody can do it.

    It is a fabulous way to bring the artistic and creative side out of you. You can get totally lost in it as you learn how to apply the varying types of shards to your pieces and time seems to just fly by.


    Making a mosaic stepping stone does not require you to be an established artist or have had any previous experience with mosaics. All you need to be successful is to gather the materials you need, have a wide colorful imagination, and let your hands do the magic for you.​

    Supplies & Class information

    • All supplies are provided •

    You will be making one 12 inch stepping stone to take home that day.


    Please wear clothing that will be comfortable and that can get dirty - you will be mixing concrete!

  • Two Day Mosaic Garden Project of your Choice!

    Sat. Jan 26th from 9am-2pm
    returning Sun. Jan 27th from 10-Noon
    Instructor: Kim Brandstater
    This will be a two day workshop. The first day will be Sat Jan 26th from 9-2pm and will include a light breakfast and lunch. The second day, Sunday you will return Sun. Jan 27th from 10:00am to noon to grout your work of garden art!
    If there is a problem with coming back Sunday I might be able to arrange another time for you. I will have some different cement animals for you to choose from and a few pots but feel free to find your own animal or object you would like to apply the broken china & stained glass tiles to. Please let me know when you sign up what you plan to do.
    I will be providing all supplies and colored grout.

  • Silk Art Private Parties

    Birthdays • Showers • Charitable Events • Club Event

    Here is what your guests will get to do at a

    Lavender Silk Art Private Party!

    • Enjoy a brief intro to the ancient art of water marbling, as well as an entertaining demonstration
    • Choose your own colors from approximately 35 different hues (we recommend 2-8 colors)
    •Apply drops of paint to the surface of water in a six-foot long tray
    •If desired, swirl the paints using various rakes, combs, or stylus to create bold or intricate designs
    • The finished design is transferred to a 100% silk scarf
    • Rinse the scarf in water to remove excess paint
    • Show off your finished design for all to see!
    • Take your scarf home to hang dry and iron. After that, it is WASHABLE and will not fade in the sun
    • Wear your art as a scarf, sash, or hat band; or
    • Use it as a table runner, window hanging, or wall art

    Make just one, or as many as you like. WARNING: this art is addictive!


    Pricing for our private parties starts at $89 per person (includes brunch), with a minimum of 10 guests for events here at Lavender Marketplace.

    * Price includes tax and all materials, equipment, and staffing needed for the water marbling activity.


    Once a date has been selected, we will email or mail an agreement to you. We want you to feel free to hand write any changes or additions you would like to make. We are very flexible, and would love to hear any ideas you may have for making your event even more special! Please email the signed form back to us if possible, at brandstaterdesign@gmail.com. If you can't email it, please mail it to the address below. Please know that we do ask for a $150 deposit to hold the date. Payment may be made online (see registration page below) or with a credit card by phone, or by check mailed to

    Kim Brandstater

    89 Olive Ave.

    Sierra Madre CA 91024

    Get in Touch with Kim to book a party!

    We do have a few options that can be added to help complete the experience.

    For instance:

    DIY Scarf Table, where your guests can test the colors on small trays, and create designs to transfer to small silk hankies. The cost for this table is $3 per person.


    If this is a birthday or other special occasion, the group can create a signature scarf, for everyone to sign or add their own written embellishments. The signed scarf can then be water marbled, perhaps by several people (or everyone) working together on creating the design. The signature scarf can be included in your minimum count, with an extra charge of $5 to cover the cost of each fabric marker (one should be sufficient, but we'll have extras on hand just in case)


    We can also have parties where the guests marble items such at hats, bandanas or shoes!

  • Enroll in a Workshop!!

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    Private workshops parties are also available

  • Workshops and Event Bookings

    Check for available dates to book your event here on this calendar!

  • Registration & Cancellation Information

    Pricing for private parties and special events - contact us 

    Desserts served after the workshop lunch!



    All classes must be paid in full to be registered.

    • Early registration is recommended. 
    • Register online. 
    • Workshops are for students 13 years or older unless otherwise noted.



    • If you must cancel a class, kindly give written notice 10 days before class to receive full credit. 
    • Cancellations made 5 days in advance will result in half credit. 
    • Cancellations made within 72 hours of class will result in forfeiture of fees.
    • We will have a waiting list for classes that are filled up and if there are enough students more workshop dates will be added
    • Lavender Workshops has the right to cancel any workshop with three or less participants
  • Our Lavender Marketplace & Workshops are located in the beautiful foothill village of

    Sierra Madre, California

    at The Historical Fletcher House - 1890's victorian farmhouse

    89 Olive Avenue Sierra Madre, CA

    Parking is on street - just walk up driveway and follow the signs to the back

    Workshops are held in the conservatory

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