Paint and Sip: Alebrijes / Pinta tu Propio Alebrije

/Paint and Sip: Alebrijes / Pinta tu Propio Alebrije
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Come hang with us in Jalatlaco and paint a beautiful alebrije!  We will continue with our tradition of serving coffee, cookies, and of course the quintessential mezcalito in Tlayudona while we learn about the history of alebrijes and create some art.

A little bit about alebrijes…

Oaxacan alebrijes are surreal dream-like wooden sculptures composed of elements of different animals and/or mythical creatures and painted with brilliant colors and patterns that require dedication, patience, and a keen attention to detail. As you’ve probably seen on the streets, the Oaxacan alebrije tends to take form in more organic, recognizable animal figures carved and painted in a similar fashion.



Criselda and her mom Benita, both members of a renowned family of alebrije painters, invite you to join them and Tlayudona to embark on the adventure of immersing yourself in colors and patterns as you learn to paint your own alebrije.  Both hosts are proud members of Tilcajete, a local village where Oaxacan alebrijes originate, and they will share their town´s history and relationship with this colorful craft.  They will explain the historical meaning behind different color selections and the series of zapotec-originated designs used to decorate alebrijes. (Beginners, have no fear–the earliest alebrijes were painted with a series of lines and dots, and Criselda is also ready to demonstrate a “how to” for the less artistically-inclined!)

This is an introductory course and no prior experience or skill level is required. It will be offered bilingually in Spanish with English translation. Check our Facebook page for albums of past alebrije-painting workshops or see our related blog-post here.

This course includes:

  • Your own 3-5 inch hand-carved alebrije (There will be various models to choose from.)
  • Your choice of 6-8 acrylic colors
  • Brushes, palettes, aprons, and other necessary art supplies lent by Tlayudona
  • A pictoral and spoken overview of the history of alebrijes in Oaxaca and group instruction regarding painting techniques
  • One-on-one help with your detailing technique
  • A locally-harvested and roasted Oaxacan coffee made by our french press with optional refill (and/or a bottled water)
  • A complimentary mezcal (or two, if you´re so-inclined)
  • A locally-made cookie to munch on while you discover your inner-artist

Children are welcome to participate in this course, but the rate remains the same since their participation requires the same material cost.

Cost per person: 780 MXN (Mexican pesos)

Stop by Tlayudona at #100 Hidalgo in Jalatlaco from 9:30-1:30 and book two or more spots to receive a 50 MXN discount per person.  (You can locate us on the same street as the Jalatlaco templo –NOT to be confused with Hidalgo street in the Centro, which Google Maps does not seem to have sorted out….)

This class has a maximum number of 10 participants and tends to fill up, so reserve your spots with anticipation.

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