As many of you know, every year I head down to Oaxaca for Dia de los Muertos so that students and I can celebrate. This coming October I will be returning to Mexico for Day of the Dead...but not to Oaxaca. My organizer, Colleen and I decided we should mix things up a bit. We decided to hold a workshop in Mexico City! I know that this can be intimidating to some folks but it is actually one of my favorite places to visit.
This workshop will be very different than other workshops I've done. Students will not need to bring a suitcase full of rusty things to take the class....believie it or not, all you will need is some basic art supplies..."The Five P's"(pencil, pastel, paint, paste and photos) from there we will visit a variety of wondrously strange places in the Mexican capital where we can sit, work and be inspired. I will be giving instruction on journalling techniques, sketching, painting, etc. I will also be showing students some nifty effects using mobile phone/ ipad or small cameras. Every night we will end with a show-and-tell of our art-ventures...perhaps while enjoying a margarita, cerveza, or Aztec hot chocolate.
Where will be hanging out you may ask? I wanted to include my favorite places to go.
It will be Dia de los Muertos, so there will be plenty of activities associated with that as well.
Where the final list of journaling venues is not quite complete but here is what we have so far...
The dates will be October 28- November 3rd
Isla de las Munecas -Doll Island.
That's right...the bizarre island up the canal system of Mexico City. We will take a boat up to visit this haunted island.
Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo's house.
It's beautiful place to hang and right in the heart the lovely area called Coyacan. Trotsky's house is a few blocks up...left exactly as it was when was assassinated by one of Stalin's henchmen.
Teotihuacan - Pyramids
Not much know about this place...Aztecs stumbled upon these ruins...the inhabitants...long gone.
Murals of Diego Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros
We will be hanging with the murals of the "big three" various locations...the Ministery of Education, the Presidential Palace, Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, and the Bellas Artes Opera House.
Basilica of Guadalupe the Catedral Metropol
Architectural sights to behold.
The Catedral being in the heart of the Historic district. And the Basilica being the location where the Guadalupe allegedly made her mystical appearance.
AND MORE...LOTS MORE
Here's we are trying to work out...
Home of Talavera pottery and the Alley of Frogs (antique row).
Anyone want to check out a Luchador wrestling match?
The Witches Market?
Dia de los Muertos
Each year they do some amazing things in the Zocalo and around town. We will find out whats going on and check it out.
Stay tuned...Colleen is heading down to do some figuring out and then we will be ready for registration in about a month or so. More to come...