Join SchoolArts and CRIZMAC for a Journey of a Lifetime
Come join SchoolArts Magazine and CRIZMAC on a wonderful journey to Oaxaca, Mexico, to meet and visit renown folk artists in their homes and studios, June 26-July 2, 2015.
|Augustin Cruz Prudencio and his sister|
The orientation is followed by a walking tour of the highlights of the historic district, including a visit to the State Government Palace to view a wonderful mural that depicts the history of the region, a stroll through the public market, a chocolate-making store and more.
After a break for lunch we will continue our journey through the city streets, past galleries, shops, and restaurants, to the beautiful Santo Domingo Cathedral and the Regional Museum, housed in the restored convent of the church. The museum showcases exquisite Zapotec and Mixtec treasures excavated from Tomb Seven at Monte Albán as well as colonial artifacts and a contemporary art gallery. After our tour, you will have some free time before we enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant. (B, D)
|Irene Aguilar, Josefina's sister|
After enjoying breakfast, we begin a busy day of visiting folk art villages outside the city of Oaxaca. Our first stop is the town of Ocotlan to visit the home studio of Josefina Aguilar, a very respected sculptor of clay figures. After a demonstration by Josefina, you are free to visit the studios of her sisters, each of whom produces a distinct style of work. The Aguilar family has also earned many prestigious awards and is featured in the Grand Masters of Popular Art, Oaxaca Vol. II.
Our next stop is the woodcarving village of San Martin Tilcajete and the home of Zeny Fuentes. For lunch we will enjoy a tradi- tional meal with the Fuentes family, after which Zeny and his wife Reyna will demonstrate their carving and painting techniques. You will have the opportunity to watch as the family works together to produce their art. The Fuentes family is included in many prominent folk art publications. Zeny is also the featured artist in the CRIZMAC Oaxacan Woodcarving DVD. (B, L)
|Nelson Perez Mendoza
Wednesday, July 1: San Agustin de las Juntas,
San Bartolo Coyotepec
After lunch we will proceed to the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for the black pottery of Mexico. We will visit the family of Dona Rosa, the woman renowned for her discovery of the processes used to produce the shiny black pottery. Following a demonstration of the building techniques used to create vessel forms, you will have time to explore their studio. Our next stop will be the home of Magdalena Pedro Martinez. Magdalena has been a participant in the International Folk Art Market for several years, where she exhibits incredible black clay figures wearing the regional costumes of Oaxaca. Her sculpture is also featured in the Grand Masters of Popular Art, Oaxaca Vol. II. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy and pack for your trip home before we have our farewell dinner together. (B, L, D)
|Reyna and Zeny Fuentes
Thursday, July 2: Oaxaca City, Tour Concludes
$1795.00 per person
• Six nights at the Marques del Valle Hotel
• Twelve meals
• Transfers from the airport to hotel (for those traveling on scheduled arrival & departure dates)
• Land transportation to seminar events • Museum and site admissions
• Artists visits and demonstrations• Server tips for group meals
• Seminar handbook
• Cost based on double occupancy rooms, single rooms available for an additional fee
• AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED
Enrollment will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis. A $500 deposit is required to guarantee your space. Register by January 15, 2015 and receive a $50 gift certificate for CRIZMAC merchandise as an early booking bonus. Gift certificates will be included with your final tour documents. Registration and deposit payments may be made through www.schoolartsmagazine.com/travel. Final payment is due on or before March 26, 2015.
Educators receive a certificate for 45 hours of professional development credit but anyone can join us. You do not need to be an art teacher or a teacher; just have an interest in Mexican folk art and culture. We will also do our best to match you with a roommate if you need one. More questions? Email Nancy Walkup at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stevie Mack at email@example.com.