Guanajuato, Mexico: Plein Air Workshop

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Guanajuato, Mexico: Plein Air Workshop
with Gretchen Lopez

Plein Air Painting Workshop on location at Guanajuato, Mexico

September 17 – 23, 2023

  • 9/17: arrival at Alma del Sol B & B.
  • 9/18 – 9/22:  Workshop days.
  • 9/23: Departure day from Alma del Sol B & B.

Experience Level – Students should have a good foundation in drawing.

Bienvenidos todos!!!

The spirit, history and colors of Guanajuato come to life as we explore and paint cafes, beautiful fountains, spanish colonial architecture and gardens.  Our five-day workshop also includes an optional day-trip to wonderful San Miguel de Allende (there will be an extra nominal fee per person for transportation.)

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gather info from your oil studies and drawings done in plein air. I will show you how to capture the vitality of what you see with oil sketches, so you can create larger paintings in your home studio and also keep the experience and memories of your visit to Mexico alive and vibrant.  With daily demonstrations, learn to compose, find your focal point and mix color from a limited palette.

Alma del Sol is a lovely B & B recommended for lodging right in the heart of Guanajuato. It is within walking distance of everything and located next to the magnificent Templo de la Compania!  Hugo Anaya is the host and breakfast is included!  Please be sure to reserve your suite as it is first-come first-serve!

Travel Information:  A passport is necessary to travel to Mexico and students are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging at the B & B. Students fly into the Leon airport and take a taxi to Alma del Sol, arriving on the evening of 9/17, and there will be a Welcome Dinner for everyone that first night. Painting locations will be within walking distance throughout the workshop with a day-trip to San Miguel Allende (van transportation will cost a little extra for the day-trip.)

Registered students are required to sign an Assumption of Risk form and returning a completed form to the Sedona Arts Center either by mail or email before travelling to Guanajuato.

Travel Insurance; Covid-19:

As of this posting (September 2022) Mexico is open, and quarantine & proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required.  We strongly suggest you do your research on health requirements and Travel Insurance options before travelling or purchasing Travel Insurance.  The Sedona Arts Center does not offer/provide Travel Insurance.

Questions? Gretchen Lopez has taught a workshop at the Alma del Sol in Guanajuato and will be happy to answer questions. You can email her directly at

Included in the fee:
Welcome Dinner on 9/17 arrival evening.
Five-Day Workshop 9/18 – 9/22.
Breakfast every morning.

Not Included in the fee:
Lodging, Transportation and Transfers, Lunches & Dinners.
Art Supplies – Gretchen will contact enrolled students.


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Gretchen Lopez

Gretchen Lopez

Gretchen’s work is inspired, not only by her love of painting, but from her ethnic heritage, teaching and the world around her.  After majoring in advertising and design, she went on to study fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, then finished out her studies at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  As a tenth generation Native of California, Gretchen is a descendant of the first Spanish settlers and the California Rancheros.  Combined with her native roots, her work is inspired by this rich Ethnic heritage.  Vibrant color and spontaneity, are expressed in the gentle beauty of the Native and Hispanic people she paints.  Combining the traditional with the contemporary, she is able to paint with freedom and passion.  Gretchen lives in Northern Arizona, where she continues to pursue her love of painting and teaching.  She has taught at the Sedona Arts Center for over 18 years, and teaches workshops abroad in Spain and Mexico.  Gretchen was nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education, and has won numerous awards in the Sedona Plein Air Festival.  Her works are in private collections both nationally and internationally, as well in exhibits at the Historic Phippen Museum of Western Art.  Gretchen’s work is represented by The Sedona Arts Center Gallery, Adelante Gallery, and The Turquoise Tortoise Rogoway Gallery in Tubac Arizona.

She is also a member of the Impressionist Society of America.

Enrolled students will receive a detailed email packet from Gretchen including a recommended list of materials and packing information for TSA.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn.


  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before August 1, 2023. Any remaining balance will be refunded or can be kept on file at the Sedona Arts Center for a future workshop or class.
  • There are no refunds after August 1, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, including Covid 19, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.