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"Mexico Art Workshops"
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La Paloma Art Center
Melaque, , MX Mexico

Travellers these days are searching for that elusive ‘something more’ than the typical tourist scene. In the charming Mexican village of Melaque in the stunning beach setting of Bahia de Navidad, people are finding that extra something that lifts their travels to a more satisfying level. At La Paloma Art Center, traveling artists are encouraged to see Mexico at it’s fullest with their artist’s eye. In the studio they can integrate their response to the exciting light, sights and sensations into art forms, exploring a variety of media under a palapa roof on the beach. Drop in Classes in drawing and painting, fiber arts, photography, acrylics, pastels, Spanish Language and poetry are all taught by qualified artists and teachers with years of experience.

The overwhelming response to these art experiences, begun in 1998 by 20-year veteran artist-educator, Nancy Lennie, has led to expansion of the program. Now guest artists are offering 5 day workshops in their area of expertise.

“Eclectic Acrylics” slated for February 7-11, instructed by Casey Brown, is the first workshop offered in 2000 by the Center. (Casey Brown - BHE (fabrics) UBC; MS Education, Long Island U, Diploma, Art, Capalino College, BC.) For the uninitiated, Casey charts the basics with encouragement to experiment.

For the artist “at home” in the medium, with either watercolor, opaque or impasto application, Casey encourages expression of ideas and reaching for the limits with an eye for compostion, form and color Students can incorporate textures, mixtures of media, three dimensional effects (found objects, modelling) or expand upon their already established style. In the heat of the day 10-2, the four-hour workshops offer a stimulating alternative to part of siesta time. For people wanting to explore working with pastels, a March 13-17 workshop features pastel colourist, Marion LeMoal. International award winner, critically acclaimed in France and New York. Always working “en plein air”, Marion leads an exploration of the rich colors and intense hues of pastels, using them to capture the textures and complexities of natural vistas and simple objects.

The introductory low fee of $100 US/week or $20 US/day makes these new workshops a very affordable addition to a vacation, even for the budget-minded traveller. For travellers looking for a beach holiday and more, the opportunity to explore their creative side, expand their style and create a personal Mexico masterpiece awaits them in Melaque.

Details: Nancy Lennie, Mexico Art Workshops, Apdo 152, San Patricio 48980, Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico Tel/Fax +52-335-5-5345 email lapaloma@ciber.net.mx

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