I am delighted to announce that my friend in all things Oaxaca and an all around creative, loving soul Mija Andrade will be joining me next year in Oaxaca for another amazing art making adventure March 20 to 29. Mija will be teaching and her focus will be on mixed media and printmaking.
Celebrating & Creating Art in Oaxaca, Mexico
March 20 - 29, 2020
10 days/9 nights
Please join us as we explore the colonial city of Oaxaca and the surrounding areas, thoroughly enjoying the dance, music, art, food, and history of this very special place that mixes the deep wisdom of ancient ways with the best of what modern Mexico has to offer. We'll use our cultural explorations and the people we meet to inspire our art making. Each day we'll go out and add to our journals using prompts and inspiration from our surroundings. We'll also be in the studio exploring different yet complimentary mixed media and printmaking techniques. We'll share our prints with each other and add them to our journals in remembrance of our time together. You'll go home with a journal brimming with Oaxacan inspiration, a treasured momento of your time in this extraordinary place. All skill levels are welcome and no previous
printmaking experience is needed.
printmaking experience is needed.
What Makes this tour special -
-We'll be staying at an amazing place that is not your normal bed and breakfast, think of it more as summer camp for adults
-Art making and exploring with a like minded group of creatives
-Visits to a carefully curated selection of world class artists and artisans in their homes and studios
-Great local guides born and raised in Oaxaca
-Lots of personal instruction with Mija Andrade to create your own one-of-a-kind art journal and prints using mixed media and printmaking techniques
-Small group (10 maximum)
Friday- Gather at our home away from home the lovely Casa Colonial, home to folk art, home cooked food, and a lush garden not to mention the kindest, most tender staff maybe anywhere ever. We'll have a light meal for everyone in the evening and get to know each other.
Saturday - We're off, maps in hand, to get our bearings and explore the city's world class museums, dominican churches, and lively zocalo. Plus our favorite off the beaten track boutiques and
quirkly little galleries. Welcome Dinner at El Criollo
Sunday - Off bright and early with our beloved local guide Pablo Gonzales to visit the bustling Tlacolula Market, one of the oldest farmers' markets in the America's and home to all manner of homegrown food and craft. Then we'll journey further back in time and visit the archaeological ruins of Mitla, one of the last indigenous strongholds when the Spaniards arrived. It has some of the most unusual architecture in all of Mesoamerica and has inspired artists like Joseph and Ani Albers, DH Lawrence and more. We'll have time to sketch, shop, and try the local sherbets. Dinner at the Casa.
Monday -Today we head out for a private studio tour with master printmaker and children's book illustrator, Enrique Flores, whose folk art motifs celebrate village life in Oaxaca. Picnic lunch and a visit to a handmade paper making factory. This evening you are free to explore on your own or take dinner at the Casa.
Tuesday - Folk art is our focus as we head south of town and visit two places where the whole family is engaged in art making. First we visit the talented Navarro family of backstrap loom weavers, painters, and poets. We'll have time to enjoy and sketch their beautiful gardens and learn more about village life. Then we visit the town famous for fantastically painted carved mythical figures and learn about the history of this relatively new art form. Dinner on your own or at the Casa.
Wednesday - Back at the Casa, art making begins in earnest today. Artmaking in our private studio in the morning. Late afternoon stroll into town where we’ll pop into a few printmaking studios and meet some of these young street artists working collectively. Prepare to be amazed by their output. Dinner in town at our favorite hipster restaurant where we can dine on wood fired pizza and swill homemade kombucha.
linoleum carved print by Mija
Thursday -Inspired by the vibrant culture around us, today we begin carving and printing as well as embellishing our art journals. Lunch will be at the Casa. Late afternoon we'll stroll into town for a private tour of the Rufino Tamayo Museum and have time for sketching in this colorful space. Dinner will be in town.
Friday - Today we'll continue to print and share our work with each other as well as finishing our art journals. You'll have created a beautiful, commemorative art book to take home with contributions from your fellow travelers. Afternoon and evening on your own to finish up last minute shopping, get a massage, horse back riding or whatever your heart desires.
Saturday - We'll end our journey with a visit to the town of San Augustin Etla and a visit with artist and cultural curator Marietta Bernstorff in her hillside home where she'll share news of her latest art and social change project. Afternoon on your own in town with a final farewell fiesta and art show at the Casa that evening.
Sunday - Head off to your next destination... recharged, renewed
Trip Details - $2,195 based on double occupancy. $395 single supplement. We will make every effort to find you a roommate but if unable, single supplement charges apply. Partners who want to come without taking the art instruction are welcome. (inquire about discount) Pretty much everything is included once you get yourself to Oaxaca. The tour fee covers lodging, most meals, ground transportation guides, entrance fees and some art materials are covered by the tour. Airfare, alcohol, tips, laundry and any personal shopping are not covered and will be additional expenses. In addition, we'll send you a small list of art materials to bring and an inspirational reading list upon registration. A $500 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Any questions or inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
About Us -
I first traveled to Mexico & Guatemala in 1979 on a wanderlust/walkabout during my college years. Since then I've concentrated my journeys on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas & Oaxaca and have been organizing tours to Oaxaca since 2011. I like gathering together and traveling with packs of inquisitive and engaged, creative people. I like putting our tourist dollars directly into the hands of local people. I like taking it slow. I like going deep and wide. Good food is important. Cross cultural encounters keep me going. My areas of special interest are early Dominican Churches (the older the better), contemporary art, traditional artisans with an emphasis on textiles, natural history and food and sustainability. I have recently retired from my 25 year career as a florist and owner of an award winning retail store and can now be found watering plants, birdwatching, swimming and making art in Eugene, Oregon when I am not obsessing about all things Mexico.
Trip Details - $2,195 based on double occupancy. $395 single supplement. We will
make every effort to find you a roommate but if unable, single supplement charges apply. Partners who want to come without taking the art instruction are welcome. (inquire about discount) Pretty much everything is included once you get yourself to Oaxaca. The tour fee covers lodging, most meals, ground transportation guides, entrance fees and some art materials are covered by the tour. Airfare, alcohol, tips, laundry and any personal shopping are not covered and will be additional expenses. In addition, we'll send you a small list of art materials to bring and an inspirational reading list upon registration. A $500 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Any questions or inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.