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STUDY SILVER FILIGREE IN OAXACA

February 11-18, 2017 with Rafael Bautista

The region now known has Oaxaca has a rich tradition of metal arts going back some 2500 years to the establishment of Monte Alban, one of Mesoamerica’s first cities. The production of lace-like metal filigree has flourished since colonial times, captivating viewers with its combination of fragility and strength: “For openwork filigree, jewelers require a minimum of metal: delicately twisted wires may make up less than half the surface; the rest is air.” Study abroad students will receive instruction on the traditional methods of Oaxacan-style filigree in the workshops of El Oro de Monte Alban, the city’s most prominent jewelry company. Our instructor Rafael Bautista has been creating filigree since the age of eighteen. Click here to register for this class. 

One assistant-ship may be available for a student fluent in both Spanish and English. Contact Julia Harrison (jharrison@pratt.org) for details or to apply. Click here for full class details.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Julia Harrison: jharrison@pratt.org

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STUDY PRINTMAKING IN OAXACA

February 11-18, 2017 with Enrique Flores

Join Kamla Kakaria and Romson Bustillo for a week-long printmaking intensive in Oaxaca, the printmaking capital of Mexico. Experience what Oaxaca has to offer culturally.  Work with Mexican artist Enrique Flores and his assistants for five days to combine etchings with woodcuts to create uniquely layered prints in the tradition of Oaxaca. We will tour some of the many printmaking studios in the area and meet printmaking artists that reside in Oaxaca. Tuition includes lodging for seven nights (Saturday to Friday) giving students a day to explore Oaxaca before the workshop begins. Airfare is not included. Click here to register for this class.  Click here for full class details.

*images by Enrique Flores

 

ABOUT ENRIQUE FLORES

Enrique’s work is equally influenced by life in a small rural village and by such artists as Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and Rudolfo Morales. His luxurious use of ink to define stylized forms responds both to the muralist traditions of revolutionary Mexico and to his own experience as a painter of gouache on bark papers.  Flores has been a major contributor to the Oaxaca School of Art, especially in the style of “magical realism.” People, farm animals, and everyday objects, such as bicycles and the constellations, weave together in a seamless narrative style. People fly, animals put on ancient masks, and musical notes become physical creatures.

  Mixed Media Oaxaca

STUDY MIXED MEDIA IN CHACALA

February 5-11, 2017 with Miguel Perez and Larry Calkins

Join Kamla Kakaria and Romson Bustillo for a week long mixed media printmaking intensive in Chacala, Mexico (one hour north of Puerto Vallarta). Work with Mexican artist Miguel Perez at his studio Grafica Chacala and our own Larry Calkins (www.calkinsart.com) to create works inspired by the environment of the beach and the jungle.  We will visit and take rubbings from the petroglyphs at Alta Vista. This region was originally home to the largely unstudied (Tecoxquin) native culture dating from approximately 2000 BC to 2300 BCE.  It contains 56 petroglyphs whose antiquity cannot be accurately determined. Aside from its cultural and archeological importance, the site remains an important religious center for the Huicholes (Peyote people) who still leave offerings and perform ceremonies here. Tuition includes lodging for seven nights (Saturday to Friday) giving students a day to explore Chacala before the workshop begins. Prerequisite: None  Click here to register for this class.  Click here for full class details. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kamla Kakaria: kkakaria@pratt.org

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PHOTOS FROM PRATT’S 2014 OAXACA TRIP