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    Día de Los Muertos: Watercolor, Altar & Sandpainting Workshop in Baja, Mexico

    October 29 - November 5th;12:00 pm - 8:00 am
    Where El Cardonal, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Cost $335 (workshop only) - airfare & lodging not included
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    Día de Los Muertos: Watercolor, Altar & Sandpainting Workshop

    a 5-day watercolor workshop with Oaxacan artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco
    October 29 – November 5, 2019
    El Cardonal, Baja California Sur, Mexico

    While Day of the Dead is a holiday recognized all over Mexico, nowhere is it observed with more color and pageantry than in Oaxaca – and Pedro will bring his Oaxaqueño traditions to this watercolor workshop in Baja. El Día de los Muertos is testament to the belief that death is definitely not an end but rather an extension of life – that the spirits of the dead not only still exist but return home annually to visit their families and loved ones. We will spend our days painting imagery and symbolic representations of our loved ones to honor their memories, assembling a beautiful group altar and preparing offerings, creating a handpainted sand tapestry, and celebrating the holiday in colorful style together. Participants should bring photos of their dearly departed – and if you are so inclined, costumes + face paint for the fiesta. Join us in this celebration of art and sacred memory.

    • All levels, 5-day watercolor workshop in El Cardonal, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    • Deadline for enrollment & receipt of tuition is September 1st
    • Maximum 17 students
    • Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking – beautiful location
    • pool, hot tub for hotel guests


    Pedro Cruz Pacheco is a painter from Santa Cruz Amilpas, Oaxaca, Mexico who works in watercolor, oil, and mixed media. He left his job in a brickyard in 1999 and initially began his career as a self-taught artist. He spent 8 years apprenticing in the studio of master Oaxacan painter Felipe Morales, and has shown and sold his work for years in Labastida Plaza in downtown Oaxaca (by Santo Domingo church). Pedro has exhibited in Mexico (Oaxaca, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Merida, Monterrey), Texas, and California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sonoma County, Eureka). Pedro’s style is very Oaxaca-influenced, with magic realism as an artistic point of view – a Mexican version of surrealism. His work is intimate, private, and incorporates personal symbols and talismans that reflect his own life experiences as well as the history and customs of Oaxaqueños. His work features bright, vivid colors and his own deeply personal and heart-felt spiritual view of the world around him.

    Workshop location / hotel:

    Villas & Suites Las Terrazas del Cortés
    El Cardonal, 23330 Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    +52 612 180 3225
    Note: there may also be an option to rent a room in a house by the beach with other participants – please inquire about availability.

    Registration form:
    Print out registration form HERE and follow instructions for mailing. Arrangements can be made to accept credit card payments, with a small c/c transaction fee.
    NOTE: Before sending in a reg form & payment, please contact Corrie first to check to see if there is space still available in this workshop – we will sell out fast.


    Print out a workshop flyer HERE and feel free to share it.

    Materials & suggestions:

    • No specific materials are required – you can bring your favorite quality watercolor paints, brushes and paper, but an optional list will be offered with suggestions for those undecided about materials.
    • We will be creating a group altar for Day of the Dead, to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have passed to the other side. Please bring photos of your family members and loved ones that you wish to honor.
    • We suggest that you familiarize yourself with Pedro’s website and take a look at his artwork for inspiration as you begin to think about what you might like to add to the group altar. In Summer/early Fall, we will send out some resources for Día de Los Muertos symbols and imagery so that you have time to ponder and collect ideas.

    If you have questions:

    For questions regarding the workshop itself, contact:
    Corrie McCluskey at 707-575-6801 or [email protected]

    Last edited by Barry; 07-14-2019 at 01:14 PM.
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