Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments, symbols & talismans
watercolor + mixed media + culture workshop
with Oaxacan artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
March 17–26, 2023
Oaxaca City, OAX, Mexico
ART + CULTURE IMMERSION WORKSHOP IN THE HEART OF OAXACA
~ Want to experience a hands-on, deep dive into the art and culture of Oaxaca? ~ Are you an intrepid traveler longing to immerse yourself in local culture – but not go it alone? ~ An artist or creative person needing an escape to fill your well of inspiration? ~ An adventurous soul who wants to develop their unique creative voice and personal mark making, fearlessly? Experience the sights, sounds, moles and mezcals of vibrant Oaxaca with us! Immerse yourself in the soulful art scene, indigenous culture, rich culinary and artisanal traditions of this magical 16th century colonial city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Our adventures include field trips to the Sunday open air market in Tlacolula (one of the oldest/largest continuous markets in Mesoamerica), and studio visits in the famous weaving village of Teotitlán del Valle and alebrije village of San Martín Tilcajete. We’ll spend an afternoon exploring Francisco Toledo’s CaSa arts center and a papermaking studio in San Agustín Etla. We’ll add locally-sourced natural pigments (cochineal, indigo, marigold) to our toolkits, and make uniquely Oaxacan memories on paper in a handmade artist book that we create. Develop your unique voice and mark making by playing with different materials. Get out of your habitual way of doing things and be surprised by what shows up on paper. The ultimate goal: finding your symbols, talismans, and personal marks. This is a chance to consider the “secret soul” of things that matter to you and bring them into your painting.