Well it's that time of year when again…time for me to announce the annual deMeng de los Muertos workshop, where we head to Mexico to celebrate the Day of of the Dead. Here's what's in store: The Workshop:
Plumed Serpents and Moon Goddesses in the Land of the Dead
Every time I return to Oaxaca something magical happens. In
fact I know that more than a few people who have followed me down to this
ancient land have experienced something that has touched their soul.Perhaps it is the richness of artistic
tradition, or the kindness of the people or maybe it is the time of year, after
all experiencing Dia de los Muertos is certainly a moving experience
emotionally as well as visually.I suspect it is something more.This is a land with deep layers of history; where
cultures meet and collide and a place where old gods linger even after being
vanquished by the new ones.Here,
history is alive and where even the very ancient feels ever so present.
In honor of the mystical, magical quality of Oaxaca, I
thought it would be interesting to explore some of the myths and legends from
Mexican culture.The gods are wondrous
strange and the tales are even stranger.So for this class we will create assemblage constructions that represent
a specific deity or myth from the region.It will be a bit of free for all…you can create whatever
you like but with a theme in mind.To help you out I will start sending out stories about the various gods
and heroes for a bit of inspiration.Quetzacoatl (the rain god), Mictlantecuhtli (the god of the underworld),
and Coyolxauhqui (the moon goddess) are awaiting your arrival.
A message from the organizer Colleen Darling:
Michael for a workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dia de los Muertos is one of
the most beautiful celebrations in all of Mexico and Oaxaca is one of the best
places to experience it firsthand.
Oaxaca is a delightful, welcoming, historical, and culturally rich city
in southern Mexico. The city is
home to some of the finest folk artists in the world and abounds with ceramics,
textiles, tin, woodcarvings, jewelry, and more. There is also an exciting contemporary art and photography
community based here. The
restaurants, luscious food, and friendly people make Oaxaca an amazing place to
our 9-day stay, people around the city will be getting ready for Dia de los Muertos with every home and
business setting up ofrendas and preparing for the feast. The city is buzzing
with excitement that spills into the streets.The photo opportunities are endless.Each time you head out the door for the
Zocalo or just a walk around the neighborhood something new will catch your
attention.Flowers on the street
corners, students competing in school ofrenda competitions, comparsas (parades)
winding through the streets with traditional dancers, village bands and so much
We hope you can join us
October 25th (Saturday) - Arrival day in Oaxaca.It takes all day for the various flights to arrive so we
don’t have any big plans.Just get
there and start enjoying the city after a long journey.Take a walk to the Zocalo (main square)
for dinner and sight seeing in the evening.
October 26th (Sunday) - Breakfast.Tour to the archeological site of Monte Alban, the sacred place of the
Zapotec and Mixtec people. Get acquainted with the city, walk around the Zocalo
(main square) enjoy lunch and take the afternoon free to explore.Lots of museums open on Sunday.Welcome dinner
October 27th (Monday) - Breakfast.Class begins at 10:00 A.M.Break for lunch, back to the workshop.Late afternoon and evening free
October 28th (Tuesday) - Breakfast.Class begins at 10:00 A.M Break for lunch, back to the workshop.Late afternoon and evening free
October 29th (Wednesday) - Breakfast.Tour day departing at 9:00 A.M.We will visit Studio Xaquixe a glass recycling center known for it beautiful
mezcal bottles and other works of art in glass.Next stop will be the Etla market and then on to San Agustin
Etla where we will tour the handmade paper mill at Vista Hermosa (a former
textile mill, now an arts center). Lunch in the countryside.Evening free.
October 30th (Thursday) - Breakfast.Workshop.Lunch.Class resumes.Evening free.
October 31st (Friday) - Breakfast.Class begins at 10:00 A.M.Break for lunch, back to the workshop.This is the first night of the Dia de los Muertos celebration.We will visit the San Miguel city cemetery.Throughout the city an amazing party is
November 1st (Saturday) - Breakfast.Final day of class.Get ready for the good, the bad, and the ugly.Lunch.Afternoon is free.We will visit the Santa Maria Atzompa cemetery to in the evening.
November 2nd (Sunday) - Breakfast.Optional tour to Mitla archeological site, Teotitlan
del Valle and the Tule tree, or spend your last day in the city enjoying
beautiful Oaxaca.In the evening
we will visit San Felipe, a gorgeous small cemetery with a farewell dinner to
November 3rd (Monday) - Breakfast Fly away home
Airfare is not included.When searching for airfares the Oaxaca code is OAX.
Included: Workshop, hotel, 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, and
tours with an English speaking guide.
Deposit:$250 to secure your spot.Please pay by check
Been having some fun doing a bit of sketching over the last month. Tis the season for Krampus. What? You don't know who he is. He's St Nick's sidekick. He does the dirty work. He's like the Oscar Madison to Felix Unger...like Walter Sobchak to the Dude (Big Lebowski)...buddies I suppose ... But Krampus does the dirty work. Coal in the stockings for the naughty tikes...that sort of thing. So I've been doings some versions of this Northern European curmudgeon.