Workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico

October 2012, February 2015

Our little jewel of a hotel, Casa Oaxaca is tucked into the most beautiful and serene portion of Oaxaca city. Casa Oaxaca, a five star hotel, is giving us the entire accommodation (9 rooms) for our workshop.

Casa Oaxaca is spacious and comfortable, with delicious breakfasts (the same chef, Alejandro, is in the kitchen), meals in the interior patio whenever you desire.

Many of the surrounding streets are pedestrian walkways lined with artisan galleries and sidewalk cafes. Everything is a short walk: open air market places; extraordinary pre-Colombian art in the Rufino Tamayo museum; and Oaxaca’s fine central plaza, the zocalo, which offers giant shade trees and ample benches to furnish a perfect location for sketching, enjoying outdoor performances, and people-watching.

Besides our ongoing investigation of the city and its treasures, we will venture out (at least 2 daytrips) into the immediate countryside, the valley of Oaxaca, to visit ancient mesoamerican sites and small villages specializing in various artisan crafts: the black pottery of San Bartolo Coyotepec; the woven rugs of Teotitlan (Zapotec artisans supposedly taught the Navajo weavers); and the delightful carved and painted wooden animal forms.

Vibrant colors, imaginative forms and intricate designs percolate up from the past and still permeate buildings, clothing, food (the moles!), as well as the fine artwork and crafts of the Oaxaca culture. This workshop is a feast for all the senses.

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