DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: San Miguel de Allende Traditional Talavera Decoration – FMEX1019

Date: Oct 26 - Nov 01, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Doug Casebeer & Eddie Dominguez

Price Option(s):
$2,675 — Tuition + Registration Fee

$500 deposit required at time of registration. Payment in full by August 15, 2019.

Tuition includes instruction, studio supplies, local field trips, and both a welcome and farewell dinner. Airfare, housing and other meals not included.


Our setting, San Miguel de Allende, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history and authentic Mexican culture. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is simultaneously a very personal, yet widely celebrated Mexican tradition that can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Integrating both Catholic and indigenous traditions, the Day of the Dead is easily one of Mexico’s most fascinating and well-known festivals. This three-day celebration including Halloween, Día de los Niños and All Souls’ Day is filled with a variety of time-honored traditions. San Miguel is known for an intense cultural and artistic lifestyle as well as stunning colonial architecture. In addition to working in San Miguel, we visit the famous Spanish sanctuary in nearby Atotonilco. During our stay, San Miguel will be alive in preparations for Día de los Muertos.

Painters and ceramic artists will delve into decorating tiles and plates—this workshop develops a visual vocabulary of marks and imagery. Sources in nature as well as Mexican culture and history serve as starting points. Participants experiment, moving between the improvisational and the planned, between abstract and descriptive imagery. Emphasis is on individual style and discovery. Drawing inspiration from the local culture, we make test tiles of our own. Sketching, drawing and painting on paper, work individually on projects and try things from a menu of suggested options. One-on-one guidance and group brainstorming sessions are included. There is a balance between studio work and critiques and the freedom to explore this spectacular region.

The host studio is Barro Clay in the section of town called San Antonio. Deluxe accommodations are available throughout San Miguel. There are many lodging options at a variety of prices and comfort levels. Please contact Anderson Ranch Arts Center for more information and suggestions. Tuition includes instruction, studio supplies, local field trips, and both a welcome and farewell dinner. Airfare, housing and other meals not included.

ARRIVAL DATE: Friday, October 25, 2019 by 5PM

DEPARTURE DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019



Eddie Dominguez is a contemporary ceramic and multimedia artist. He is the recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants, numerous public art project grants, and has exhibited extensively across the country. Currently, Eddie Dominguez is a tenured professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

Doug Casebeer has been the Artistic Director of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for more than 34 years. He received his MFA from Alfred University, followed by several years working for the United Nations in Jamaica. Doug is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and travels worldwide to teach, lecture and exhibit his artwork. Doug is also Artist in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.




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