A Painting Adventure in Mexico!
Join us at the beautiful boutique hotel, La Casa de Espíritus Alegres in Guanajuato, Mexico. We will paint markets and plazas, the ruins of rock walls and arches at Mellado, and visit nearby San Miguel de Allende for a full day of painting. We’ll start painting in the courtyard with outdoor still-life scenarios and the environs of the hacienda to get our painting juices flowing. The last day will feature the option of working with models in the outdoors. Gretchen Lopez will demonstrate and provide one-on-one teaching during the entire experience.
All mediums welcome! If you are comfortable using and traveling with your preferred medium, you may use oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, graphite, colored pencils, etc. We will concentrate on working from life and study composition, color, highlights & shadowing, and strong shapes, all while absorbing the historical atmosphere and charm of our southern neighbors in lovely Guanajuato!
Arrival November 17 – Departure November 24, 2020
(Non-refundable deposit of $500 will hold your position with balance due October 1st. Balances are non-refundable after October 1st.)
Included: 7 nights lodging (shared occupancy*) and full breakfast daily. 6 days painting workshop. Welcome dinner on first night. Lunch on first and last day at the hacienda. Ground transportation to all painting locations. Guide and translator throughout.
*Rates based on shared occupancy with other student or other paying partner. There are limited single rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-Painting Partner price: $1595 (must call to reserve).
Not Included: Flight to Leon BJX, taxi to hacienda and return. Food other than described. Painting materials.
The Instructor: Gretchen Lopez combines traditional as well as contemporary elements in her works, from the figurative to still life to plein air painting. Gretchen teaches classes and workshops at the Sedona Arts Center and leads international workshops. She has been nominated for the Viola Award for Excellence in Art Education. Her works are included in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally, and can be seen in select galleries throughout the Southwest.
The hotel: This is not your cookie-cutter chain hotel! It is full of historic charm and beauty!
From their website: In the heart of Guanajuato, luxury hotel “Casa de Espiritus Alegres” offers exclusive accommodation for travelers looking for a peaceful haven within easy reach of the city’s delights. The beautifully restored building is set on a magic and peaceful old hacienda of picturesque colonial gardens, under the shade of ancient trees. A relaxing hideaway in pure surroundings.
The property, which includes a nine-bedroom old hacienda building, with a big kitchen, embraces both the heritage of the hacienda lifestyle and its inherent connection to the colonial Guanajuato and, while honoring rustic simplicity, growth, modesty, and transience.
The interior décor features expertly selected antiques, elegant furniture, and rustic details, making guests feel completely at home for the duration of their stay at “Casa de Espiritus Alegres”.
Get the best service on Guanajuato at this family-run hotel in a beautifull ambient…
Ininerary: Details are yet to be determined and further information is forthcoming, but the following is a rough idea of our schedule:
Mon, Nov 17 – Arrival / Orientation/Welcome dinner!
Tue, Nov 18 – Painting workshop begins on the grounds at the hacienda. We’ll start with a talk including a history of the area followed by a demonstration with students working with individual instruction painting till 5:00 pm.
Wed, Nov 19 – Grab your drawing materials for sightseeing around Guanajuato in the morning. Painting in the afternoon from 1 – 4 with a nocturne painting demonstration in ruins overlooking Guanajuato.
Thu, Nov 20 – Plan to spend the day painting with instruction in El Centro Guanajuato experiencing color and culture. expedition to San Miguel de Allende
Fri, Nov 21 – 9:00 am departure for our expedition to San Miguel de Allende touring and painting the beautiful city.
Sat , Nov 22 – Painting at San Gabriel de Barrera in Guanojuato.
Sun, Nov 23 – Painting at hacienda environs with live model option
Mon, Nov 24 – Breakfast and check-out!
Airfare and all travel occurring before the evening of Tuesday, November 17 is left entirely to the student. Please arrive at Casa de Espiritus Alegres in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and attend the welcome/orientation dinner that night. Breakfast is served daily and there will be time in the evening for visiting the town. Rooms are based on double occupancy (two paying guests). Rooms vary between double beds, single beds, king-sized beds, and sofa-beds. Double-occupied rooms have one king bed and one sofa-bed. Limited single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be assigned in order of enrollment. Rooms will be assigned by admin and requests for specific rooms cannot be accommodated. Each room has a private bathroom with bath or shower.