Independent Projects: Studio Intensive in Oaxaca, Mexico
/ Schedule

May 17 - May 31, 2018
3 undergraduate studio credits
Course number: IPD-3114-A
Tuition: $2,900.00

Faculty: Steve De Frank and Mary Jo Vath

 

Thursday May 18

Arrive Oaxaca with airport shuttle to Hotel Casa Antica. Faculty will be at the hotel for your arrival after 6 pm.

 

Friday May 19
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – Orientation meeting after breakfast in the hotel courtyard.
10:00 am –Walking tour of the historic center of Oaxaca
Free time for lunch
2:30 pm – Tour of Monte Albán, one of the most important pre Columbian site in Mexico. (With Guide)
7:30 pm – Welcome Dinner

 

Saturday May 20
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – Meet in the lobby of the hotel for a short walk to the studio with your supplies. We will set up for work spaces and get right to work
1:00 pm: Break for Lunch
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Studio time with instructors

 

Sunday, May 21

Breakfast at the Hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch
3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studio open
7:30 pm – Artist talk with Marietta Bernstein, founder of Las Hormigas Bordadas de Tanivet, an art collective in the impoverished town of Tanivet. The collective has been focusing on embroidery ( with recycled, donated materials) as a way of telling their stories. This talk will be of important to for anyone interested in fiber as an art form, narrative, community art programs, or sustainability in art. Arrangements can be made for independent visits to this project with Marietta depending on the scheduled meetings of the collective.

 

Monday, May 22
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch
3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
5:00 pm – Visit Museo Tamayo , a jewel of a pre -Columbian collection assembled by the important 20th century artist Ruffino Tamayo. Tamayo was born in Oaxaca and left the collection to the city when he died.

 

Tuesday, May 23
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch in town
3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
5:00 pm – Tour of the Textile Museum and San Pablo complex with curator

 

Wednesday, May 24
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – Leave hotel for full day excursion to San Agustín Etla. We will visit a local weekly market and CASA, a stunning arts complex in an old cotton factory.
Lunch in San Agustín Etla
3:00 pm – Visit to Xaquixe (www.xaquixe.com), an artisanal glass factory which is using 95% recycled glass and cutting edge fuel saving technologies. They make utilitarian hand-blown objects as well as working with artists and architects on special projects.

 

Thursday, May 25
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
8:00 pm – Salsa Lessons, just in time for the weekend!

 

Friday, May 26
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch
3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studios will be open
7:30 pm – Artist talk/gallery openings

 

Saturday, May 27
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch
3:00 – 7:00 pm – Studio time with instructors

 

Sunday, May 28
Breakfast at the hotel
FULL DAY EXCURSION
9:00 am – Tour to ruins at Mitla, with guide. Driving time is just under an hour.
12:00 noon: After Mitla, we will go to the Zapotec village of Tlacolula, where we will start our visit with a look at the main church (built 1531) which has a fantastically decorated chapel, Capilla del Señor de Tlacolula. Then we will dive into the Sunday market, one of the oldest and largest in the valley. Zapotec is spoken here, and most of the women vendors wear traditional clothing. There will be time to wander the market and have lunch on your own in one or more of the market stalls.
3:00 pm: Return to Oaxaca

 

Monday, May 29
Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Studio time with instructors
Free time for lunch
3:00 -7:00 pm – Studio time with instructors

 

Tuesday, May 30
Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Part one of final reviews

3:00pm – 7:00 pm: Studio time with Instructors

 

Wednesday, May 31

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Part two of final reviews

3:00pm – 7:00 pm: Studio open for packing and clean up.

7:30: Farewell dinner at Mary Jo’s house!

 

Thursday, June 1

Breakfast at the Hotel

Depart Oaxaca