We are delighted to welcome you to our
Early April 2018 Oaxacan Art Immersion Tour
THIS YEAR'S TOUR DATES ARE APRIL 6-15, 2018
We are still finalizing our plans, but you can see below to get an idea of what we did last year. This year we will be inspired by the colorfully creative textile arts of Oaxaca as we visit museums, galleries, marketplaces and indigenous artisan workshops.
What makes this tour special: A small group (max 10), a focus on art and art making in one of the culturally richest areas of Mexico, an opportunity to study closely with Rogene and learn her mixed media and paper clay techniques, chances to have private visits with local artisans, spectacular meals at some of Oaxaca's best restaurants, plus an unusual, inspiring, soulful, and art-filled home away from home to make art, enjoy Oaxacan cooking, socialize, have fun, and rejuvenate.
The 2017 itinerary follows. It will give you an idea of how our days are spent. This year, with our emphasis on Oaxacan Textiles, we will incorporating what we see into our mixed media art. Projects will include a Cloth and Clay Frida Doll, Embellished Saint Cards, and Milagro Prayer Flags.
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Friday March 17th - We'll gather at the Casa in the evening for a light meal and have a chance to get acquainted with each other and our lovely lodgings.
Saturday March 18th - Art making all morning. Typically we'll have studio time from 9:30 to 1:30. Today we dive into learning the basics of paper clay. Late lunch and siesta at the Casa. Early evening we'll head into town for a spin around the zocalo and a fabulous welcome fiesta in one of Oaxaca's best restaurants.
Sunday March 19th - Art making in the morning, where we'll continue to refine our paper clay techniques and make small folk art milagros. Leisurely lunch at the Casa. Afternoon visits to local galleries, artists, and printmakers, or stay in the studio and continue working on your art pieces.
Monday March 20th - The morning art practice takes us into creating our own personal saint/guardian angel/goddess using paper clay and other mixed media techniques. Afternoon visits to some of our favorite galleries and artisan stores.
Tuesday March 21st - We'll finish up working on our Santos today followed by a nourishing lunch at the Casa. Afternoon time at the world class textile museum and one or two other Oaxaca favorites. Dinner in town to celebrate the first day of Spring!
Wednesday March 22nd - Today we'll switch it up and take the morning off from art making to visit the local town of Huyapan. We'll start by visiting their church which has a wonderful collection of ex votos (paintings people have made to thank god for a miracle) and find inspiration to create our own personal altars. Then, if luck is on our side, we'll visit two artists who have made their homes in Oaxaca. American Jean Foss, who uses magical realism to paint whimsical versions of Mexican life and Hungarian expat, Susana Wald, who is a dedicated surrealist painter. We'll return to the Casa for lunch and a late afternoon evening of art making and begin planning ideas for our altars.
Friday March 24 - Folk art day takes us on the southern route to visit alebrije makers (carvers and painters of mythical animals), backstrap loom weavers, and potters. Plus a chance to enjoy one of the best chile rellenos of your life. Evening in the Casa finds us having a show and tell of our work from the past week.
Saturday March 25th - packing up the studio and getting ready to go, plus a free day to enjoy at your leisure. We can arrange a trip to Mt Alban, massage, cooking class or whatever suits your fancy. We have a final farewell outdoor fiesta on the grounds at the Casa.
Sunday March 26th - We'll arrange transportation to the airport and send you off on your next journey.
To find out more about Rogene and her special brand of artwork and teaching click here.
To find out more about past trips to Oaxaca, art making and otherwise, click here.
This tour runs March 17 to 26th
Cost is $2,195
Includes lodging in a shared room, all meals, transportation to and from the airport, plus in
and around Oaxaca, all art instruction, most materials, tour admission fees and guide fees.
Cost does not include airfare, alcohol, discretionary shopping (which there will be loads of temptation), side trips and optional tipping for hotel staff.
Optional single supplement is an additional $395