Continuous Line Urban Sketching OAXACA with Meagan Burns 6-Day, 5-Night Sketch Experience Tuesday, February 7 - Sunday, February 12, 2023
You're invited to join Artist/Instructor Meagan Burns and Art Leap Adventures on a grand opportunity to sketch the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, renowned for its colorful architectural palette, ancestral cuisine, captivating art and diversity both in its natural and cultural resources. We'll spend most of our time in this mystical Mexican colonial city, as well as a two days of excursions: a countryside mercado for a truly colorful and delicious cultural adventure, and the archeological site Monte Albán. Meagan has taken great care and consideration in designing a fresh workshop agenda that offers opportunities in creating sketches of the architecture, people, mercados and parades of Oaxaca City, while learning how to efficiently capture these lively scenes of Oaxaca in one powerful line -- as well as eating amazing food all along the way!
In this dynamic workshop, we'll be based at a charming Centro Historico hotel and we'll start our day with drawing warmups before we set out to explore the city with one continuous line and a sense of adventure. We'll practice sketching the colorful scenes before us, as well as take time to sit in the main plaza to bask in the magic that is Oaxaca.
Continuous Line Urban Sketching is a tool to help you strengthen your drawing abilities and Oaxaca City is the perfect city to curate this method. At the end of this workshop, your sketchbook will be filled with the magic of this city as only you experienced it.
OAXACA CITY 2022
WHY I BELIEVE IN CONTINUOUS LINE URBAN SKETCHING
WHO IS MEAGAN BURNS
Meagan Burns Artist/Instructor originally from Chicago, first went to San Miguel de Allende in 2001 and now lives in Mexico City where she helps people plow through their drawing fears by practicing Continuous Line Urban Sketching in the fascinating streets of Mexico City and beyond. She rallied the San Miguel de Allende sketching community to become a Regional Chapter of Urban Sketchers in 2016, with artists sketching each week with the group from around the world.Background is marketing and graphic design, now she provides her community with art making opportunities, urban sketching and delicious tacos. Favorite motto: #makeartstaysane
Art Leap Adventures is an art workshop tour business Meagan created in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico in 2017. Everything moved to Zoom classes during the pandemic, teaching back-to-back sketch classes three times a week in the Zoom Sketch Sessions, as well as Watercolor Drama Watercolor workshops with friend and fellow artist Laurie Richards.
In this new era of traveling art workshops, every aspect has been considered to make all workshops a safe and positive experience. We invite you to join fellow creatives and Meagan on one of our artful experiences.
Our overall goal is to learn to confidently on location, no matter what the subject matter. This workshop is a travel experience and we will learn to capture it all with a small and versatile kit, and in quick sketches throughout our days: - We will sketch people, food, architecture and experiences throughout the duration of the workshop - Push through drawing fears to add more unique character to your urban sketches - Gain a better understand of composition and logistics on the page by practicing continuous line - Build confidence and a sense of accomplishment by starting and completing your drawings with unique stroke
MEAGAN'S OAXACA SKETCHES
Oaxaca City is a fascinating and mystical city, and I invite you to me on this 5-night urban sketching adventure. Each morning we'll gather after breakfast in our Oaxaca Centro hotel for drawing warmups and line exercise before heading out for the day. Each evening we'll gather in a local restaurant for a meal and to review our sketches from the day. Bring your sketchbook bag, solid walking shoes and sense of adventure and your appetite, we're going to see and sketch Oaxaca City like never before.
WORKSHOP COST: $1,100 USD Accommodations: $55 USD per night Single x 5 = $275 Includes Oaxaqueña Breakfast Plus Travel to OAX
OAXACA CITY HOTEL
Five Nights, Six Days Arrive: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Depart: Sunday, February 12, 2023 Airport Code: OAX Hotel Information will be sent upon receipt of registration $54 USD single room per night, includes breakfast* *you may opt to get a room without breakfast for $47 per night, but it will be your responsibility to breakfast before we gather
Our hotel for the duration of this workshop is Hotel Parador del Dominico, and we have a block of rooms reserved. You'll pay the hotel directly, approximately $54 USD per night for a charming yet basic and secure single room that includes coffee and a Oaxaqueña breakfast, once your registration is confirmed; Meagan will confirm a room for you at the hotel.
If you prefer to stay elsewhere for the duration of the workshop, please note your plans in the registration comment section. For ease of access, it is suggested to stay close to Oaxaca Centro in either a hotel or Airbnb of your choice.
Oaxaca City (OAX) is a normally reached after a connection via Mexico City, a major hub and easily accessible from almost every corner of the world. Upon you arrival at the OAX airport, there is a verified Collectivo stand, where you purchase your shared van ride with a verified taxi driver. Our hotel is located less than 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can choose a shared ride for $105 pesos, or a private van for $400 pesos, paid directly to the Collective stand. A very safe and economical way to travel to our hotel.
WORKSHOP AGENDA detailed agenda will be sent upon registration
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Arrive Hotel Welcome Dinner (included) Workshop Agenda, Handout Materials, Open Discussion
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 9am Meet after breakfast in Hotel Drawing warmups and practice continuous lines with local subjects Walk to Plaza Santo Domingo, Sketch in the Plaza Architectural Talk in Plaza Domingo (included) Lunch @ Local Restaurant Sketching Time Sketchbook Review, Dinner
Thursday, February 9, 2022 9am Meet after breakfast in Hotel Drawing warmups and practice continuous lines with local subjects Walk to Zocolo, Sketch in the Plaza Walk to Museo de Textil, Museo de Los Pintores de Oaxaca Lunch @ Local Restaurant Sketching Time Sketchbook Review, Dinner
Friday, February 10, 2022 Meet after breakfast in Hotel 9am Van Pick Up to Country Mercado All Day Excursions to Mercado, Lunch, Black Pottery, Cotton Fabric Mercado, Campo Restaurant (included except personal shopping) Return to Hotel Sketchbook Review
Saturday, February 11, 2022 9am Meet after breakfast in Hotel Drawing warmups then walk to Santo Domingo Urban Sketching Parades, Mojigangas, Feather Dancers, Wedding Celebrations Lunch Sketching Time + Review Final Dinner (included)
Sunday, February 12, 2022 Local breakfast at Restaurant Check out and goodbyes - END
WORKSHOP COST: $1,100 USD Accommodations: $55 USD per night Single x 5 = $275 Includes Oaxaqueña Breakfast Plus Travel to OAX
50% Deposit due now to reserve your spot: $550 USD + $16 Transaction Fee = $566 Balance Due December 30, 2022, $550 USD + $16 Transaction Fee = $566 **See below for cancellation policy
PRICE INCLUDES: Meagan Burns 5-Day Continuous Line Urban Sketching Workshop Welcome Traditional Oaxaqueña Dinner Continuous Line Drawing Exercise Books Architectural Talk with Local Guide Transportation and Lunch to Southern Country Mercado (all day excursion) Last Night Oaxaqueña Fire Dinner Tour management by Art Leap Adventures
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare/Transportation to Oaxaca City (OAX) Transportation to Oaxaca City Hotel (see hotel information above) Food & Drinks except for Welcome Dinner, Mercado All-Day Excursion, Last Night Celebration (breakfast is included in your hotel reservation) Alcohol, shopping, incidental food, taxi and tips at your discretion Transaction Fee Required Proof of Vaccination Required Trip Insurance: suggested providers (but please use your own if preferred): Allianz Travel Insurance Mexico Insurance Advisors
Dress in Layers! Oaxaca enjoys almost year-round ideal weather, although it does have a pretty steady rain season which begins around June. Your smartphone weather app may say rain for the day, but generally speaking the rains move in around 4pm and are done by 6pm, so most people know to do what they need to do by 4pm, and be tucked in by mid-afternoon so they can be out by dinnertime. Dressing in layers is your best bet, having some rain gear and a back-up pair of shoes in case we get caught in the rain.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Although Mexico never officially closed their borders throughout the Covid pandemic, much of the country followed strict safety protocols even as vaccinations became available. Foreigners living in Mexico also were able to get vaccinated, although not as easily as in the United States nor Canada, but none the less the vaccination program throughout Mexico has been successfully employed. The mask mandate officially ended in Mexico in 2022 although you will see many locals who continue to wear masks. The workshop is designed to be mostly outside and many of Mexico City's restaurants are now out in the streets, although generally speaking much of life has always been lived in the streets in Mexico. Proof of vaccination is required to attend this workshop, as it is show of respect and regard for being a tourist in Mexico. If you have any further concerns about the Covid situation in Mexico, please feel free to reach out to me, but I have been living in Mexico City since 2021 and have found it somewhat easy to navigate an outdoor existence because so much happens outside. Personal responsibility is necessary and current boosters are requested; let's do what we can to ensure the group has a safe and enjoyable workshop experience.
If Covid protocols are required by Mexican Government and/or City Officials, we will abide and you must agree to abide.
ART MATERIALS REQUIRED*
I suggest having at least two sketchbooks; one larger one for Continuous Line Urban Sketches in the streets and a smaller one for quick street scenes. Just make sure they are quality sketchbooks! I use Canson XL Watercolor 140 lb 9"x12" spiral bound book for this workshop. For watercolor paintings I use Fabriano Artistico and I also carry my hand-sized, handmade Fabriano 50 5"x7" sketchbook for my quick street sketches.
What's in My Art Bag: Sailor Dude de Mannen Fountain Pen (or similar of your choice) Sharpie Fine Point Markers Quality Watercolors in Travel Pan Set (Daniel Smith is recommended) Quality Watercolor Brushes Pentel Brush Pens Platinum Carbon Ink (for Sailor and Pentel Brush) HB Pencil Gum Eraser Water Containers Paper Towels Water Bottle (for you to drink) Backpack to carry all your supplies Tiny stool for sitting (highly recommended to have a handy portable stool to sit on;I have the Cooseon 10" folding stool, folds up nicely and fits in my backpack, but others prefer the Walkstool Comfort) Sun Hat + sturdy walking shoes Layers of clothes for chilly mornings, warm afternoons, rainy evenings A regard for the safety of yourself and others Your enthusiasm and sense of adventure
Additional art supplies of your preference *It is not an option to attend this urban sketch workshop and not participate in the sketching activities
Your workshop organizer, host and instructor, Meagan Burns in Oaxaca City, June 2022
Complete agenda will be emailed upon registration
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Minor agenda changes may occur, but the substance of the tour will remain. Please always be armed with your walking shoes, N95 masks, sun hat, sketch bag and sense of adventure, as there will be sketching prompts throughout the workshop, as well as unforeseen circumstances that naturally occur in Mexico. We'll roll with the changes and ask for your patience if a change in the agenda is necessary. Group is limited to 8 participants + Meagan During our group meals; we will have one bill per table and you must pay for what you consume plus a 20% tip. Please keep track of what you consume. Food sensitivities can be accommodated with proper notification, but please know that corn is an extremely important ingredient in the food and culture in Mexico. Vegan and vegetarian options exists, with diligence, yet currently this ALA agenda includes meat and corn.
Physical ability to walk unassisted and stand for extended periods is absolutely necessary.
50% Deposit due now to reserve your spot: $550 USD + $16 Transaction Fee = $566 Balance Due July 29, 2022, $550 USD + $16 Transaction Fee = $566 When paying online through the Art Leap Adventures' invoice, a 3% USD fee will be added for all online payments; please contact Meagan directly for specific information. If you require other travel arrangements, please allow Meagan to assist you.
1) All individual cancellations must be made in writing and are effective upon receipt.
2) If you have paid your deposit or trip fee and are unable to attend due to medical emergency or pandemic affiliated issue you will receive a 100% refund up until December 30, 2022.
3) If you need to cancel after December 30, 2022, please contact Meagan and we can discuss the options.
4) If a waiting list of interested participants has formed, we will put you in contact with the first person on the list to whom you can offer your class spot. If the person accepts and then pays the workshop fee in total, you will be reimbursed for your workshop fee.
5) If there is no waiting list, you can transfer your paid fees to another ALA travel workshop within 12 months.
6) Participant expenses incurred in preparation for the trip (e.g., non-refundable purchased airline tickets) are not the responsibility of ALA. It is required to obtain medical/trip cancellation insurance for this reason.
7) If an emergency occurs and you must make a change to your participation status, please contact Meagan to discuss.
Register: Continuous Line Urban Sketch Oaxaca February 2023 with Meagan Burns