Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"2023 Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments, symbols & talismans"
March 17-27, 2023

Join Oaxacan artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco and Corrie McCluskey for an art + culture adventure in Oaxaca, Mexico. Enjoy creative time in an intimate setting and experience a hands-on deep dive into the art and culture of Oaxaca. Fill your well of inspiration + recharge your artist soul (you too, beginners!). Develop your unique voice and visual language by playing with watercolor, mixed media, and collage. We’ll share our symbols and talismans that we incorporate into our art and offer you the opportunity to discover and paint your own - the “secret soul” of things that matter to you. Use natural pigments while making a handmade artist book. Field trips include a Sunday market, artisan studios, ancient ruins, renowned arts center, and papermaking studio.
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco & Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $1950 (lodging including)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams - Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Website, email, 707-575-6801

"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 18-25, 2023

Join us for what is sure to be another fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. I eagerly return for a fifth year to the gorgeous setting of coastal Boca De Tomatlan, a unique and authentic fishing village just south of Puerto Vallarta. This all-inclusive workshop is one not to be missed, as the Casa De Artistas delivers a rich, relaxing, and inspiring experience. Truly a painter’s paradise…and so much more!
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $2,495
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, (413) 625-8382

"Art Journaling Oaxaca to Puebla: watercolor, mixed media, collage"
September 22 - October 2, 2023

Are you hooked on art journals and want to play with paint and collage while traveling? Love to incorporate found objects into your art? Want to go on a vintage ephemera hunt in a picturesque alley full of antique stores and an antiquities bazaar? This workshop is for creative hunter gatherers, cultural explorers and lifelong learners who enjoy expressing themselves visually. First, a week-long deep dive into the art & culture of Oaxaca, with its soulful art scene, indigenous culture & rich culinary and artisanal traditions. We'll visit ancient ruins and artisan villages for weaving, alebrijes, red clay, and go on an evening gallery walk. Then, beautiful Puebla for a weekend search for vintage ephemera and collaging our found treasures.
Location: Oaxaca & Puebla, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco + Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $2550 (lodging included)
Sponsor: Oacxaca Dreams / Pedro Cruz Pacheco & Corrie McCluskey
Website, email, 707-575-6801

"Día de Muertos Workshop: watercolor, group altar, sand tapestry"
October 27 - November 5, 2023

Take a deep dive into the indigenous culture, rich culinary and artisanal traditions of magical Oaxaca with us. Immerse yourself in the color and pageantry of Día de Muertos, and together we'll paint imagery and symbolic representations of our loved ones to honor their memories, assemble a beautiful group altar & construct a sand tapestry. We'll visit two cemeteries where Oaxaqueños lovingly decorate the graves of their ancestors and bring offerings to share with their spirits, and catch a comparsa - the traditional Muertos parade - along the pedestrian street. Group field trips include visits to artisan villages for weaving, alebrijes, and red clay. All levels are welcome, you too beginners! Take home art and experiences to last a lifetime.
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Cost: $2095 (lodging included)
Sponsor: Oacxaca Dreams / Pedro Cruz Pacheco & Corrie McCluskey
Website, email, 707-575-6801


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