Our goal is to fuel your artistic vision by exploring a very special place where art is found not only in galleries, museums and crafts, but in nearly every aspect of daily life. Stimulated by visits to museums , carefully chosen field trips, and your instructors’ knowledge of Oaxaca’s special places, you’ll soon find a path to your own vision of this remarkable city. Choose among collage, photography, mixed media media, painting or a combination of all.
Working side by side with a small group of students or in a more private space in the studio , you’ll benefit from in studio direction, encouragement and exercises on an ‘as needed basis’. And during daily individual critiques and class discussions, you’ll have an ongoing opportunity to review your progress with your instructors and fellow students. Your visual vocabulary will be enriched by your experiences both in and out of our studio, and, like so many artists before you, you will leave with an expanded, reinvigorated vision and a work that reflects the spirit and the magic of Oaxaca.
For collage makers: We will teach layering, composition, enhancing forms, creating mood, adding the unexpected, ways of developing narrative.
For photographers: We will teach framing, composition, light, motion and ways of making better use of your camera, both in the studio and in the field. For those more experienced and professional photographers and those wishing to do so, we will guide you in finding interesting projects and the resources to do so.
For painters: We will teach the elements of painting for beginners. For the more experienced and professionals , we will guide you in seeking new goals. You will also have the choice to combine all three.
Tour Itinerary and Daily Plan: carnival Workshop.
Day 1: Arrive in Oaxaca: Arrive and check in to your hotel. Mari and Humberto will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to Humberto's studio for social hour to get acquainted. Light supper included.
Day 2: Morning: Meet in the garden of Santa Domingo Church for an orientation to the city and where Humberto will give insights to its culture, rituals and history. Visit Oaxaca's colorful market, followed by an optional lunch in the zocalo (center’s park and is considered one of the most beautiful zocalos in Mexico). Return to studio for slide presentations, demonstrations and discussion of individual artistic directions and possibilities. Then explore the light, shadow and local color of Oaxaca and/or collect materials.
Day 3: Begin work in the studio with with artistic direction and coaching from your instructors. Full work day. Continue discussing artistic directions and begin creating your week’s work. Visit a special store unique to Mexico to buy additional materials if needed. In the late afternoon Prepare for Tuesday trip for Carnival with a short pictorial lecture on elements of photography consisting on techniques of framing the subject in the view finder, developing a good composition and capturing light. Early evening: Optional visit to Photography Museum or Pre Hispanic Museum.
Day 4: Morning: Meet our professional guide at your hotel for our trip to experience Carnival! Today focuses on photographing, sketching or observing as we go to a wood carving village for their carnival celebration. We'll see a mock wedding. And surprise, on this occasion the bride is male and festooned with female accoutrements and a beautiful white bridal gown. Bands will be playing and many of the villagers, wearing masks and dressed in costumes, will be dancing. Bring your cameras or sketch pads and dancing shoes and join in!
Lunch at restaurant Azucenas. Afternoon: Visit a weaving village. Late afternoon: Continue work in the studio or free time.
Day 5: Work day in the studio or optional cooking class (not included in the tuition, but we will make the arrangements for you). Evening: (optional) Visit to the Oaxaca's newest textile museum and tour the new San Pablo Cultural Center.
Day 6: Full work day in studio.
Day 7: Morning and afternoon: Put on the finishing touches to your collage or painting, edit your photographs and prepare for the in studio exhibition. During the day you will have individual discussions with your instructors including plans for continuing directions. Late afternoon: free time. Evening: Exhibition of your week's work followed by our farewell celebratory banquet at a wonderful slow food restaurant.
Day 8: Breakfast and workshop evaluation with instructors. Students who have chosen the optional extension will depart for Puebla with Mari.
Puebla Extension (Minimum of 3 students, optional and not included in cost of workshop. POR):
Three nights and four days exploring this colonial tiled city. Visits to Puebla’s famous flea and antique market, a traditional vecindade (an alleyway of houses, workshops and stores and particular to Puebla), Ampara museum, the colorful village of Chulula with its partially excavated pyramid with a church built on the top, its tiled “Indian Baroque” churches with their unique interiors, a Talavera Factory, shopping. We will take a first class bus to Puebla from Oaxaca. On the fourth day you would take a special luxury bus that goes directly to your terminal at the airport.
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