OAXACA! Mexico's Folk Art Capital

February 19 - 26, 2010 • July 2 - 9 • February 18 - 25, 2011

The Oaxaca area, steeped in the rich traditions of Mexican crafts, is considered by many to be the folk art capital of Mexico. The tiny Indian villages that dot the mountains and Oaxaca Valley are home to countless craftspeople. Weaving, metalwork, woodcarving, pottery, baskets, paper mache, masks – everywhere crafts are in abundance, a vital part of the fabric of everyday life. A unique week bringing you BOTH to crafts in colorful village markets AND introducing you to some amazing contemporary artists with an opportunity to visit their studios ... see their work and talk. As a grand finale to the week, we'll have a delectable cooking class with a preeminent Oaxaca chef! Our Oaxaca experience is an immersion in the heartland of this departed, yet still very much alive pre-Columbian civilization – from pottery and painting to weaving and woodcarving and capped by field trips to numerous archaeological sites, including the famous Monte Alban, in the company of an expert guide. Lodging at the lovely Casa Colonial right in the midst of the historic center of Oaxaca – this captivating Spanish Colonial city with parks, gardens, historic buildings and artwork in abundance! Rooms double occupancy, private baths.

Register by July 1 or Jan. 1 • Save $100! Accommodations,Meals, Guides & Excursions: $2175

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private tours of the famous archeological sites of Monte Alban & Mitla
  • Private visit to "craft villages" of Teotitlan delValle (weaving), San Martin (wood carving) and Etla (ceramics)
  • Introductions to some of Mexico's most promising young artists in their studios
  • Unique visits to outdoor village markets with lots of local character
  • Special introduction to Oaxaca by a local expert in art and architecture
  • Enjoy a cooking class with a noted Oaxaca chef

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