Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments, symbols & talismans

watercolor + mixed media + culture workshop
with Oaxacan artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey

NEW DATES: Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 26, 2023 – space still available
Oaxaca City, OAX, Mexico


~ 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.

When Corrie, our co-instructor, first started coming to Oaxaca, she was seeking an experience – to play with art (and get over fear of the blank page), make connections with likeminded creatives, immerse herself in the culture, and investigate the artisan studios and galleries that Oaxaca is known for. But going it alone was intimidating and she couldn’t afford the high-priced trips that stay at fancy B&Bs (nor did she want that level of pampering). The idea was to stay in a Mexican neighborhood, a few blocks away from tourist central. A mix of art days + field trips. We’ve created that trip for you.

A few years back, Pedro & Corrie began a tradition of art adventures – traveling together somewhere new, armed with a portable studio in a suitcase. They used the art materials they brought: a basic painting kit, a box of magazine clippings & pages from old books, scraps of fabric & paper, and torn fragments of painting experiments. They spent a few days holed up in a self-made pop-up studio, making mixed media pieces with collage, incorporating ephemera gathered on scavenger hunts from local flea markets.

We’ll be working with watercolor and mixed media, including collage. Pedro will be teaching watercolor, and Corrie will introduce mixed media creative journaling and experimentation (in a sketchbook or on loose paper) to develop your unique voice and mark making by playing with different materials. Getting out of your habitual way of doing things and being surprised by what shows up on paper. The ultimate goal: finding your symbols, talismans, and personal marks. This is what we’d like to share with you – an art + culture adventure.

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